Singaporean Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan (Photo: AFP/VNA)
is committed to cooperating closely with Vietnam so that both countries can
emerge stronger post-pandemic, Singaporean Foreign Minister Vivian
Balakrishnan said ahead of his trip to
Vietnam to attend the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) High Level Policy Dialogue from June
an interview granted to the Vietnam News Agency’s correspondents in Singapore,
the minister noted that Singapore
and Vietnam have a close Strategic Partnership anchored by strong political and
economic relations, warm people-to-people ties, and wide-ranging cooperation.
He described the Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Parks in seven locations across
Vietnam as icons of the two countries’ excellent economic collaboration.
The minister went on to say
that the two countries also work closely in many regional and multilateral fora
including ASEAN and the UN, and share a common interest in promoting a
free, inclusive and rules-based multilateral trading system.
He stressed that despite the impact of COVID-19
pandemic on the global economy, trade and investment ties between Singapore and
Vietnam remain strong, calling attention to the fact that Singapore was
Vietnam’s largest source of Foreign Direct Investment in 2020 and also the
first quarter of 2021.
“We have supported each other during this
difficult time, including by exchanging donations of medical supplies and
working together to keep regional supply chains open. Both countries are also
fully committed to vaccine multilateralism, as well as the fair and equitable
distribution of vaccines. We have also collaborated closely with Vietnam during
Vietnam’s ASEAN Chairmanship in 2020 and non-permanent membership on the UN
Security Council in 2020 and 2021,” Balakrishnan said.
According to him, as the two countries prepare
to reopen their borders, they can consider how to gradually and safely resume
travel between Vietnam and Singapore.
“I believe that this will
have a positive impact on our economic recovery. In the longer term, we can
jointly explore ways to strengthen supply chain resilience and regional
responses to future pandemics. We look forward to further enhance our Strategic
Partnership by pursuing new areas of collaboration, such as clean energy,
technological innovation, and the digital economy,” the minister said.
Singaporean FM said he is glad
to be visiting Vietnam again, and he looks forward to discussing with the new
Vietnamese leadership ways to grow the two countries’ substantive relations,
and exchange views on regional and international developments of mutual concern./.