Welcome Message from the Ambassador [fr]

Dear compatriots, dear Singaporean friends, dear visitors,

While I have just taken up duties in early 2017, I am happy to extend my best wishes for personal and family happiness and for professional success.

Relations between France and Singapore have long been characterized by trust and proximity on all major political, economic, defense and security issues. These close links have led us to elevate our relationship to the rank of strategic partnership in October 2012, when the French Prime Minister visited Singapore. More than four years after the conclusion of this partnership, our cooperation has significantly strengthened and expanded in political, economic, defense and security, cultural, academic and scientific fields. Our exchanges have also concerned major international issues, such as climate change and international financial regulation.

Today, the privileged links between our two countries have led us to discuss important sectors for the future, at the heart of scientific and technological changes that have shaped the world of tomorrow, such as digital revolution, sustainable city, connectivity, industry of the future and health. These are promising prospects for exchanges and collaborations between our two countries, which the Embassy of France has intended to encourage, promote and support by continuing to initiate them and manage the French team in Singapore. These are areas of innovation for which France has major strengths, thanks to its scientific and technological excellence, its creativity and its attachment to social and solidarity dimension. In this regard, the Embassy will aim at better promoting these important assets by helping to bring together research institutes, higher education institutions, companies and representatives of public authorities, in close association with our Singaporean partners, in order to fully mobilise those energies for future French-Singapore projects.

With more than 15,000 people, the French community living in Singapore has become one of the largest in Asia. It is distinguished by its energy, its entrepreneurial spirit and its commitment to research and innovation. I would like to thank all those involved in closer ties between France and Singapore, representatives and associations of French nationals, the French Chamber of Commerce, the French Foreign Trade Advisors, the Alliance Française, the French School of Singapore, and of course without forgetting all the Singaporeans who have actively contributed to friendship and cooperation between our two countries.

The website of the Embassy of France offers you an overview of the diversity of exchanges between France and Singapore, and all the useful information you may need for your stay or your projects in Singapore. I invite you to join us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/FranceinSG/) and on Twitter (www.twitter.com/FranceinSG).

I wish you all a Happy New Year and a pleasant viewing of our site!

Marc Abensour
Ambassador of France to Singapore

Dernière modification : 24/01/2017

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