S’pore, France is working on a reciprocal green lane for business, official travel, Singapore News & Top Stories


Singapore and France are working on a reciprocal green lane for short-term business and official travel.

The framework for the agreement has been agreed between French Minister of Foreign Trade and Economic Attractiveness Franck Riester and Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Transport Chee Hong Tat, the Foreign Ministry said yesterday. in a press release.

Mr. Riester is in Singapore for a three-day visit from Sunday to today to strengthen bilateral ties.

Yesterday he was invited to lunch by Mr. Chee and also attended, along with Minister of State for Sustainability and Environment Amy Khor, the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to step up bilateral cooperation to improve food safety standards in the two countries. .

The MoU aims to strengthen scientific and technical partnership in food safety testing and research, the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) said.

Signed by the Director General of SFA Lim Kok Thai and the Director General of the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety Roger Genet, the MoU affirmed the Singapore and France’s commitment to consumer health by strengthening the exchange of knowledge, cooperation in research and expertise. .

Potential areas of collaboration will include chemical and microbiological food safety risk assessment, novel food safety assessments, and emerging food safety risks.

In a Facebook post yesterday, Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing said he had met Mr. Riester and that they “discussed the possibilities of further improving our bilateral economic relations.” .

This includes greater collaboration in areas such as sustainability, biomedical services, advanced manufacturing and improving the logistics network in both countries.

“Singapore and France also want to strengthen our cooperation in the digital economy, for example through an agreement on the digital economy,” he added.


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