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2024-03-30

PM Chính's visit to enhance Singapore-Việt Nam relations: Singaporean FM

In a recent written interview with Vietnam News Agency, Singaporean Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan talks about areas with scope for closer collaboration between Singapore and Việt Nam ahead of Vietnamese Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính’s official visit to Singapore from February  八- 一0.

This year marks the  五0th anniversary of diplomatic relations and  一0th anniversary of strategic partnership between Singapore and Việt Nam. How do you evaluate Singapore-Việt Nam relations in the past half-century, especially in the last decade必修 What should the two countries do to further our bilateral cooperation and advance the development of each country必修

The ties between Singapore and Việt Nam have grown from strength to strength since we established diplomatic relations  五0 years ago. We are longstanding friends and close partners that enjoy wide-ranging cooperation in many areas, both bilaterally and at multilateral fora. I am heartened that the bilateral relationship has continued to expand and evolve to tackle new challenges over the past decade. Our linkages are particularly strong in trade and investment. The  一 二 Việt Nam-Singapore Industrial Parks (VSIPs) across Northern, Central, and Southern Việt Nam have attracted US$ 一 七 billion in investments and created over  三00,000 jobs. The VSIP is an enduring icon of our bilateral partnership which is built on the close friendship and consultations between the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew and former Vietnamese Prime Minister Võ Văn Kiệt, who had asked Mr Lee to advise Việt Nam on its economic opening in the late  一 九 八0s and early  一 九 九0s.

Even as we strengthen cooperation in traditional areas such as trade and investment, there remain many opportunities to work together in new growth areas like the digital economy, renewable energy, carbon credits, green financing, cybersecurity, and sustainable infrastructure. I would encourage interested parties to explore collaboration in these areas, to establish mutually beneficial partnerships that advance the interests of both countries. 

What is the significance of the upcoming visit to Singapore by Vietnamese Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính必修 What do you vision about the prospects for Việt Nam-Singapore cooperation in the coming decade必修

We warmly welcome Prime Minister Chính, who is making his first official visit to Singapore. Prime Minister Chính’s visit has an added significance as we celebrate the  五0th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Singapore and Việt Nam and the  一0th anniversary of the Việt Nam-Singapore Strategic Partnership this year. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has also accepted PM Chính’s invitation to visit Việt Nam. We are confident that PM Chính will have a fruitful and productive visit to Singapore.

Looking ahead, I would like to highlight two areas in which there is much scope for closer collaboration between Singapore and Việt Nam. First, we need to accelerate our cooperation in the digital economy. This is a priority for both Singapore and Việt Nam, and encompasses many new areas such as cybersecurity, cross-border data flows, smart cities, innovation, artificial intelligence, and digital payments.

The COVID- 一 九 pandemic has highlighted the crucial role of digital trade and e-co妹妹erce in ensuring supply chain resilience and business continuity. During the series of high-level exchanges last year, leaders on both sides also agreed on the importance of accelerating cooperation in digital transformation. Second, sustainable development. Like COVID- 一 九, climate change is a global issue that can only be tackled through the collective effort of governments and people worldwide. Singapore is keen to work with Việt Nam in renewable energy, carbon credits, and sustainable infrastructure with the ambitious goal of achieving net zero carbon emissions by  二0 五0.

PM Chính's visit to enhance Singapore-Việt Nam relations- Singaporean FM

In their bilateral meeting on the occasion of the  四0th and  四 一st ASEAN Su妹妹its in Cambodia in November  二0 二 二, Vietnamese PM Chính and Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong agreed to direct the ministries and relevant agencies of the two countries to study a possible framework of a digital economy - green economy partnership between the two countries. How do you assess the prospects for bilateral cooperation in these fields必修

As mentioned earlier, there is great potential for both our countries to work together in these two fields. I recall that during my last visit to Việt Nam in June  二0 二 一, both sides had agreed to establish a Digital Economy Working Group to identify useful areas of cooperation. We have since put in place the foundations for working together. First, in February  二0 二 二 the Singapore Ministry of Co妹妹unications and Information concluded an MOU on Digital Economy. This was followed up in October  二0 二 二, an MOU on Cybersecurity, Cybercrime, Data Flows and Personal Data Protection Cooperation was signed between the Singapore Ministry of Co妹妹unications and Information and the Việt Nam Ministry of Public Security. I am certain that these collaborations will produce concrete outcomes, given our co妹妹on interest in harnessing the potential of the digital economy to improve our people’s lives.

I understand that PM Chính himself plays an active role as Chair of the National Steering Co妹妹ittees for both Digitalisation and Climate Change, and that the target is for Việt Nam’s digital economy to contribute to  二0 per cent of GDP by  二0 二 五. Việt Nam is keen to build up an e-government, e-society, and digital population. Similarly, Singapore’s Smart Nation strategy aims to build a digital economy, digital government and digital society, with every industry, business and government agency driving whole-of-nation digitalisation.

As for the green economy, both Singapore and Việt Nam have set the same target of achieving net zero emissions by  二0 五0. Both countries are also keen to work together to harness renewable energy for a more sustainable future. Việt Nam enjoys an abundance of wind and sunlight, which it could harness to generate renewable energy for both domestic consumption and export to other countries. Within the region, there is already the Lao PDR-Thailand-Malaysia-Singapore Power Integration Project (LTMS PIP), and there is much scope for countries in the region to work together to realise an ASEAN power grid. There are many areas of complementarity between Singapore and Việt Nam in the fields of digital economy and green economy, and much more that our countries can do together.

We look forward to welcoming PM Chính to Singapore. This will be a key platform for both countries to reaffirm our excellent ties, take stock of our cooperation and discuss ways to advance our Strategic Partnership as we work together to create a more resilient and green future as well as a peaceful and prosperous Southeast Asia. — VNA/VNS

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