Singapore is hosting foreign affairs ministers from Sub-Saharan Africa in what the country referres to as an Exchange Visit.
The Third Singapore-Sub-Saharan Africa High-Level Ministerial Exchange Visit (AHLMEV) from 27 to 28 August 2018 is organized by Singapore’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
Amb. Olivier Nduhungirehe Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and East African Community is Representing Rwanda at this exchange visit.
In total there are 12 Ministers from Djibouti, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda.
The theme for this year’s AHLMEV is “Singapore and Africa: Partners for Smart Cities” with a focus on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
These Ministers visited the Institute of Technical Education (ITE), Singapore – a post-secondary education institution under the Ministry of Education, Singapore.
Established in 1992, the Institute has trained more than 400,000 of Singapore workforce.
According to Singapore’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, the Exchange Visit coincides with both the 5th Africa Singapore Business Forum (ASBF) and the Singapore UN-Habitat International Leaders in Urban Governance Programme (iLUGP).
The ASBF, organised by Enterprise Singapore, is the premier platform for business exchange and fostering trade between Africa and Asia.
The iLUGP, which is jointly organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Centre for Liveable Cities, and UN-Habitat, is a key programme committed to supporting developing countries in the planning and implementation of sustainable cities.
Together, these three events provide an opportunity for Singapore and African countries to deepen engagement and build stronger ties.
Balakrishnan said the visiting Ministers are going to also meet Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and be hosted to meals by DPM and Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Minister Balakrishnan, and Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli.
The African Ministers will also meet other political officeholders including Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing and SMS (Defence) (Foreign Affairs) Dr Maliki Osman.
They will exchange views on smart city and sustainable development, and discuss ways to deal with rising urban challenges, including water management, public housing, and public service delivery.