P.M. in Singapore for high-level study visit

By Sarafina Sanerivi 09 February 2017, 12:00AM

Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, is in Singapore this week.

He is among leaders from the Pacific and other countries attending a High-Level Ministerial Study Visit there. The two-day study visit ends today. 

Tuilaepa and delegates from the Pacific and Timoe Leste are being hosted by Singapore’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan. 

This is the second Study Visit following the inaugural Singapore-Pacific Ministerial Study Visit held in 2012. 

“The Study Visit will feature briefings on Singapore’s experience in areas such as port management, water management, economic development, vocational education, public administration and tourism promotion,” a statement from Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

“The U.N. Development Programme’s Global Centre for Public Service Excellence, which is based in Singapore, will also conduct a segment on effective public service reform to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals. 

“Singapore enjoys warm and friendly relations with the Pacific Island States and Timor-Leste with whom we cooperate regularly in international fora such as the United Nations including at the Forum of Small States (F.O.S.S.) and Small Island Developing States (S.I.D.S.), as well as the Alliance of Small Island States (A.O.S.I.S.).  

“The Study Visit will provide an opportunity for Singapore to share its development experience, and exchange views with the Ministers in areas of common interest including climate change and sustainable development.  Singapore has trained close to 5,000 officials from the Pacific Island States and Timor-Leste under the Singapore Cooperation Programme (S.C.P.).”

Since Tuilaepa’s departure, his Deputy Fiame Naomi Mata’afa has taken over the role of Acting Prime Minister.

By Sarafina Sanerivi 09 February 2017, 12:00AM

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