French Minister Franck Riester visits Singapore to strengthen strategic partnership [fr]
Mr Franck Riester, Minister Delegate for Foreign Trade and Economic Attractiveness of the French Republic, visited Singapore from 13 to 15 December 2020 and met several ministers and officials. This visit illustrates France’s strategy for an inclusive Indopacific and shows France’s commitment to the centrality of ASEAN, as well as the importance of Asia within the framework of its attractiveness policy and its recovery plan.
Mr Franck Riester, Minister Delegate for Foreign Trade and Economic Attractiveness of the French Republic, visited Singapore from 13 to 15 December 2020. He had meetings with Mr Chan Chun Sing, Minister for Trade and Industry, Mr Chee Hong Tat, Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, and Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State for Sustainability and the Environment of the Republic of Singapore. This visit illustrates France’s strategy for an inclusive Indopacific and shows France’s commitment to the centrality of ASEAN, as well as the importance of Asia within the framework of its attractiveness policy and its recovery plan.
Mr Riester exchanged with his interlocutors on the bilateral initiatives taken in the last few months on artificial intelligence, the digital economy and agrifood. He affirmed the continued reinforcement of the relations between France and Singapore, including throughout the health crisis, and our common endeavor to respond collectively to the latter. Mr Riester commended in this regard the recent announcement by Singapore of a five million dollars contribution to the COVAX facility in favor of the access of developing countries to the covid-19 vaccine. It shows once more our shared commitment to multilateralism. The creation of a bilateral working group on infectious diseases will contribute to the research on diagnostics, treatments and vaccins to fight covid-19 in particular.
The minister also discussed the convergences between the Emerging Stronger Task Force’s work and the France Relance plan, as well as way for French and Singaporean companies to contribute to the economic recovery in both countries, through their skills and new investments. Mr Riester and Mr Chee agreed on the framework of a Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL). Both Singapore and France are actively working towards implementing an RGL as soon as possible to facilitate essential short-term business and official travel, with necessary health safeguards in place to ensure the safety of everyone.
Mr Riester and Dr Khor attended the signature of a memorandum of understanding between the Singapore Food Agency and the Agence nationale de sécurité sanitaire de l’alimentation, de l’environnement et du travail on technical cooperation in food security. This follows the ministerial declaration jointly adopted in June 2020 which encourages agrofood companies, importers and distributors from both countries to build partnerships. Mr Riester noted with satisfaction the authorization by the Singapore Food Agency of the importation of chilled poultry and pork from France.
Mr Riester also participated in the signature ceremony of an agreement of technical cooperation between Singaporean firm SBS Transit, a subsidiary of Comfort Delgro, and French firm RATP Dev.