Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for Social Policies Tharman Shanmugaratnam will visit London, the United Kingdom (UK), from 9 to 13 June 2019. Minister for Education Ong Ye Kung and Senior Parliamentary Secretary (SPS), Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry for Trade and Industry, Dr Tan Wu Meng will also be visiting London in the same week. The visit reaffirms the strong and multifaceted relationship between Singapore and the UK, and keeps up the momentum of bilateral exchanges since the launch of the Singapore-UK Partnership for the Future in January 2019. Several agreements, including those on digital government and financial cooperation, will be concluded during the visit.
Senior Minister Tharman, Minister Ong and SPS Tan will attend an event organised by the City of London Corporation titled Singapore-UK Partnership for the Future, Singapore Bicentennial 1819-2019. Senior Minister Tharman will give the opening address at the event, and Minister Ong will deliver the keynote address, which will highlight the ways in which Singapore and the UK can deepen partnerships in a changing global environment. SPS Tan will participate in one of the panels, which will together discuss collaborations between Singapore and the UK, including new areas of cooperation in an increasingly digitalised global economy.
The City of London Corporation will also confer upon Senior Minister Tharman the Freedom of the City of London, in recognition of his efforts to strengthen ties between Singapore and the City, and his significant contributions to global financial governance.
Senior Minister Tharman will also deliver the keynote address at the 10th Anniversary Conference of the Institute for Government, and attend the GIC Investment Forum.
In addition, Senior Minister Tharman, together with the Lord Mayor of the City of London, Peter Estlin, will open a three-day festival, organised by the Singapore Tourism Board to commemorate Singapore's Bicentennial. Senior Minister Tharman will also take the opportunity to meet senior UK officials and business leaders.
Minister Ong will have separate meetings with senior UK education leaders, as well as visit schools and institutes of higher learning in London. SPS Tan will also meet with his counterparts.
Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Singapore