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President Ramaphosa hosts Singapore Prime Minister

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The bilateral meeting is preceded by the Official Visit to Singapore undertaken by Minister of International Relations and Cooperation , Dr Naledi Pandor, in July 2022, during which she also paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

President Cyril Ramaphosa will today host Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of the Republic of Singapore for an Official Visit at Tuynhuys in Cape Town.

In a statement, the Presidency said the visit will be an opportunity for the two countries to strengthen their longstanding partnership and explore new areas of bilateral economic cooperation.

“President Ramaphosa and Prime Minister Hsien Loong will hold official talks on cooperation in the areas of communications and digital technology, science and innovation, water and sanitation and skills development.

“The Official Visit will also bring leading business people from the respective countries to collaborate in sectors ranging from ports, logistics and supply chain, healthcare and biomedical, food manufacturing and engineering,” the Presidency said.

The leaders discussed the potential for closer collaboration in these areas when they met on the sidelines of the G20 Leaders Summit held in Bali last year.

Cooperation is expected to deliver mutual benefits in terms of economic growth, job creation and innovation.

South Africa’s economic relations with Singapore are focused on trade, investment, tourism promotion and skills transfer.

Singapore’s visit to South Africa continues the high level engagement the two governments have fostered since diplomatic relations began in 1993, ahead of South Africa’s democratic transition.

Since then, the two countries have shared excellent bilateral relations, which have formed the basis of regular high level visits.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Republic of South Africa and the Republic of Singapore as partners who work closely together in multinational fora.

Singapore, like South Africa, is a member of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), the Commonwealth, as well as the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM).

The two countries have signed numerous agreements to enhance cooperation in areas such as trade, investment, education, and defence.

Today’s high level visit is preceded by an Official Visit undertaken by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor, to Singapore in July 2022.

Singapore is a significant investor in South Africa, with investments totalling over R5 billion in sectors such as manufacturing, financial services and real estate.

One of the key areas of collaboration between South Africa and Singapore is trade. Singapore is one of South Africa’s largest trading partners in Southeast Asia, with trade between the two countries totalling approximately R28 billion in 2022.

South Africa exports a range of products to Singapore, including gold, diamonds and wine, while Singapore exports electronics, chemicals, and machinery to South Africa. –SAnews

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