Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office and Ministry of Manpower Sam Tan, who is in Arkhangelsk, Russia, for the 4thInternational Arctic Forum delivered remarks at the opening session of the Forum and in the plenary session, The Arctic: Territory of Transport Opportunities on 29 March 2017. At the opening of the forum, MOS Tan stressed the importance of the sustainable development of the Arctic and shared Singapore's Arctic engagement, including the hosting of several important seminars and workshops on the Arctic. MOS Tan's opening remarks were well received with several POHs from Arctic nations congratulating MOS Tan. At the subsequent The Arctic: Territory of Transport Opportunities plenary session, MOS Tan spoke about the transport opportunities of the Arctic and the relevance of Singapore's experience in maritime affairs to the Arctic. The text of MOS Tan's remarks are appended.

MOS Tan also met with the President of the Republic of Iceland Dr GuAni Thorlacius Johannesson. They reaffirmed the strong cooperation on Arctic affairs between Singapore and Iceland and exchanged views on the future of the Arctic region and its global implications.

MOS Tan also met with Russian Special Representative of the President on International Cooperation in the Arctic and Antarctic Artur Chilingarov on 30 March 2017. Chilingarov noted Singapore's active participation on Arctic affairs and was appreciative of Singapore's continued Arctic engagement efforts.

MOS Tan will depart for Singapore on 31 March 2017.

Source: MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS (MFA)