Minister Iswaran in Paris to deepen the collaboration between France and Singapore’s innovation ecosystems [fr]
Minister for Communications and Information and Minister-in-charge of Trade Relations Mr S Iswaran visited Paris, France from 22 to 25 May. As part of the France-Singapore Year of Innovation 2018, Minister Iswaran’s visit aimed to explore the strong innovation and startup ecosystem in Paris and strengthen the strong bilateral ties between both countries.
Minister Iswaran met with government officials, including Secretary of State and Spokesperson for the Government in the Prime Minister’s Office Benjamin Griveaux, Secretary of State to the Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation Frédérique Vidal and Secretary of State for Digital Mounir Mahjoubi.
Mr Iswaran also met French President Emmanuel Macron on the sidelines of Viva Technology (VivaTech), a major innovation and technology festival that he attended on May 24. At VivaTech, Mr Iswaran participated in a joint dialogue – “France and Singapore: Launchpads into Europe and Asia” – with Minister Vidal, and delivered the keynote speech at the Singapore Session: “Collaboration for Innovation”, organised by Enterprise Singapore, Action Community for Entrepreneurship (ACE) and SGInnovate.
Minister S Iswaran said, “My experience at VivaTech today was an enriching one,and I am heartened to see the many on-going and possible areas of synergy between Singapore’s and France’s startups and innovation ecosystems. More importantly, there was a clear demonstration of interest by enterprises from both countries to collaborate further. I look forward to witnessing more partnerships that would further deepen innovation and enhance productivity for the businesses and people of both countries.”
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed on Wednesday 23 May between Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star), the National University of Singapore, France’s National Centre for Scientific Research, National Institute of Applied Sciences and National Institute for Agricultural Research Toulouse to set up a virtual joint lab to work on projects in the fields of systems and synthetic biology.
On Thursday 24th, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Hello Tomorrow, Enterprise Singapore, SGInnovate, Exploit Technologies and Science and Stories, thereby officially launching Hello Tomorrow Singapore. Hello Tomorrow is a non-profit organisation headquartered in Paris and run by science entrepreneurs, seeks to empower deep-tech entrepreneurs to transfer their work from the laboratory to the market. It has been setting up new innovation hubs around the world and Singapore will now be home to one of its hubs.
To learn more about the France-Singapore Year of Innovation, click here: https://sg.ambafrance.org/-France-Singapore-YOI-