The France-Singapore Year of Innovation ends with French minister visit [fr]
Initiated in 2018, the France-Singapore ended with the visit of Minister of State for Digital Sector Mounir Mahjoubi on 15th March 2019. This year-long initiative saw the signing of over 20 research and cooperation agreements between our two countries while a dozen bilateral visits and more than 60 events took place.
- France-Singapore Year of Innovation: An Overview
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The France-Singapore Innovation Year (YOI) is an initiative launched at the highest level on the occasion of President Hollande’s state visit to Singapore in March 2017, which has boosted exchanges between our respective ecosystems and initiated collaborations directed towards the sectors of the future.
- Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing (center) and former Finance Minister Michel Sapin (left) at the France-Singapore Economic Forum
More than 60 events were organised thanks to the involvement of the entire business and scientific communities and our national institutions in charge of innovation. The Year was marked by a dozen high-level visits between our two countries and by visible and structuring operations for our partnership such as the launch of the YOI by Minister for Higher Education, Research and Innovation Frédérique Vidal in January 2018, the visit to VivaTech by a Singaporean delegation led by Minister S. Iswaran, the official visit of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong as President Emmanuel Macron’s guest of honor on 14 July, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean’s visit in December for the closing of the YOI in France and, the 2nd France-Singapore Economic Forum (Les Rencontres Economiques in Singapore) and YOI closing ceremony on 15th March attended by Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat and French Minister of State for the Digital Sector Mounir Mahjoubi.
Over 20 research and cooperation agreements were signed throughout the YOI in new areas of cooperation such as artificial intelligence, health, space and circular economy. The main events that punctuated the closing week highlight some of the YOI’s key priorities, in a bid to explore new opportunities to deepen collaborations between our universities, research institutes, industry partners and startup ecosystems.
On Wednesday 13th March, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) and the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) have launched a joint research centre to develop innovative, energy-efficient solutions for the recycling and recovery of resources from electrical and electronic waste.
- At the launch of the CEA-NTU research center with Senior Minister of State Amy Khor, Ambassador Marc Abensour and CEA Deputy Chairman Dr. Laurence Piketty
On 15th March, France and Singapore doubled down on research cooperation with the creation of the “joint committee of Science and Innovation”. A first between our two countries, this sustainable platform will help to develop a common strategy for our scientific and technological cooperation by implicating research organizations, universities and companies from both countries.
The Embassy of France in Singapore also launched the “France Excellence” internship programme for Singaporean students co-funded by the French government, French companies and Singaporean universities. This new programme will bring young talents from Singapore to France and help to strengthen university-industry ties. A series of prestigious scientific lectures will also be implemented this year in our two countries with the support of the Paris Sciences & Lettres University, the College de France and the National Research Foundation of Singapore.
- French President Emmanuel Macron and Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Elysee Palace in July 2018
Trusted and long-standing partners, France and Singapore are determined to work together to promote an inclusive and responsible innovation model, an "Innovation for Good". The joint roadmap on digital innovation, internet governance and cybersecurity adopted by Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and French President Macron during the YOI reflects this shared commitment.