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Vietnam-Singapore strategic partnership enhanced

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc arrived in Hanoi on late April 28, concluding his trip to Singapore for an official visit and to attend the 32nd ASEAN Summit at the invitation of his Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsien Loong.
Enhancing trustful and close strategic partnership between Vietnam and Singapore

As part of the 4-day trip, the Vietnamese Prime Minister paid a courtesy call to President Halimah Yacob and held talks with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. He also held meetings with Singaporean groups planning to invest in Vietnam, and with Singaporean scientists and intellectuals on the application of 4.0 technologies in building a constructive government.

He spent time attending the Vietnam – Singapore Business Forum and talking to lecturers and students at the Singapore Management University, one of the top establishments supporting start-ups in the country. His schedule also included a meeting with staff at the Vietnamese Embassy and representatives of the Vietnamese expatriate community, and a tour around Vietnam’s pavilions at Food & Hotel Asia 2018 in Singapore.



Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc review the honor guard.
Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA



The two Prime Ministers at the welcoming ceremony. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA


Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc holds talks with his Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsien Loong.
Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA



The two leaders witness the signing ceremony of cooperation agreements between the two nations.
Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA



Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc pays a courtesy call to President Halimah Yacob. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA


Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc lays a wreath at the statue of late President Ho Chi Minh in the Asian
Civilisation Museum. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA



The Prime Minister visits Vietnam's food pavilions at the Food & Hotel Asia (FHA) 2018. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA


He attends the Vietnam – Singapore Business Forum. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA


The Vietnamese leader addresses the Vietnam – Singapore Business Forum. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA


He witnesses the exchange of cooperation agreements between the two countries at the forum.
Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA



 
He visits the Government Technology Agency of Singapore. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA


Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has a meeting with Singaporean scientists and intellectuals to learn
their experience in applying advanced technologies in building a constructive government.
Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA


 
The Vietnamese leader visits the Port of Singapore Authority (PSA).
Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA 



 
He also visits Supply Chain City Company. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA 


Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has a reception for Group President and Chief Executive Officer
of Sembcorp Industries Neil McGregor. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA



Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has a dialogue with chairpersons and CEOs
of leading Singaporean groups and businesses investing in Vietnam. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA



The Vietnamese leader visits the Singapore Management University (SMU). Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA 


He speaks at the Singapore Management University (SMU). Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA
 

During their talks, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his Singaporean counterpart discussed measures to capitalize on opportunities of regional economic links generated by the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) to which both Vietnam and Singapore are signatories, and the fourth industrial revolution.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc reminded late Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew's remark that Vietnam should have the No.1 position in Southeast Asia, given its advantages in geo-politics, natural resources and human resources,  saying this is always a motivation for Vietnam in its national construction and development. 

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc's speech at the Vietnam - Singapore Business Forum
 
They agreed to maintain trustful and close political ties through all-level delegation exchanges, boost defence-security cooperation, with attention paid to practical collaboration between naval, aviation and search and rescue forces, and in defence technology. They agreed to coordinate with each other in handling common security challenges such as piracy and terrorism, ensuring navigation security and safety, as well as cyber security.

The two Prime Ministers concurred that investment and trade cooperation is an important pillar in bilateral ties, and vowed to promote business connectivity, exploit aviation linkage potentials, and stimulating collaboration in finance and stock market management, helping Vietnamese companies list in the Singaporean securities market.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong pledged that Singapore will continue investing in Vietnam and offering scholarships for Vietnamese students.

The two sides vowed to enhance bilateral ties at international forums, especially within the framework of the ASEAN, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, and the United Nations.

They affirmed the importance of maintaining peace and stability in the region along with freedom of navigation and overflight in the East Sea. They reiterated their support for the full and effective implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) and early finalisation of an effective and legal binding Code of Conduct (COC) of parties in the waters.

On the occasion, the two Prime Ministers adopted a joint statement on the visit and witnessed the signing of several cooperation deals.

As part of his Singapore trip, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc attended the Vietnam – Singapore Business Forum and witnessed the signing of 16 cooperation pacts between firms of the two countries. He also met and held dialogues with Singaporean leading companies, to whom he stated that Vietnam welcomes Singaporean investors, who would bring to Vietnam the rich experience of the start-up nation of Singapore.



Singaporean media spotlights Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s visit

- Straits Times, Singapore’s leading daily newspaper published in English, quotes PM Lee as saying that Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang of Vietnam will be part of the ASEAN's network of smart cities under Singapore's initiative.

- An article on Singapore's Channel News Asia online newspaper highlights the signing of six agreements between Vietnam and Singapore as an important outcome of the first official visit of PM Phuc to Singapore as the Government leader of Vietnam.

Building self-reliant and creative ASEAN 

Attending the 32nd ASEAN summit, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc voiced his opinion that promoting innovation will stimulate ASEAN’s resilience power, particularly economic resilience. He announced that three major cities of Vietnam - Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang - will be part of the ASEAN network of smart cities under Singapore’s initiative.  


On the threshold of the 32nd ASEAN Summit in Singapore, the Vietnamese leader
has a meeting with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA



Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on April 27 attended the plenary session
of the 32nd ASEAN Summit. Photo: VNA


The Vietnamese leader on April 28 attended the opening session of the 32nd ASEAN Summit.
In the photo: Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and delegation heads attending the summit.
Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA



Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong delivers a speech to open the summit. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA


On the occasion, the Vietnamese leader meets with Indonesian President Joko Widodo. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA


He has a meeting with Myanmar President Win Myint. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA

On the sidelines of the summit, Phuc held bilateral meetings with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, and Myanmar President Win Myint, discussing measures and orientations for relations development.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s official visit to Singapore and attendance to the 32nd ASEAN Summit have contributed to fostering Vietnam – Singapore cooperation and demonstrated Vietnam’s support for Singapore’s ASEAN chairmanship in 2018.

 
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