12 August 2022
Singapore High Commission in Pretoria celebrated The 57th 🇸🇬 National Day on the 11 August 2022. The reception gave the opportunity to reflect on the achievements of the mission as follows:
First, commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Singapore Cooperation Programme – SCP and acknowledge the more than 1,000 🇿🇦 SCP alumni. Many accepted the invitation to attend the reception. But most grateful for what Deputy Minister Candith Mashego-Dlamini of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, SA had said about the SCP:
“Singapore has been particularly helpful in assisting South Africa with skills development through the Singapore Cooperation Programme of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. A large number of South African public servants have attended training courses in the fields of governance, administration, leadership, ICT, energy, tourism and environmental management. Through these training courses, Singapore has made, and continues to make a vital contribution to the skills base in South Africa.” – DM Mashego-Dlamini, DIRCO
Second, highlight prospects for strengthening bilateral cooperation in the Research, Innovation, and Enterprise space, an emerging area of collaboration, through an interactive session with potential 🇿🇦 partners. Convinced that we can find concrete synergies between our two RIE ecosystems and tangible joint projects, especially given the strong support of the Department of Science and Innovation and CSIR (the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research).
Finally, as ASEAN Day fell in the same week (8 Aug), together with the other members of the ASEAN Pretoria Committee (APC), which Singapore currently chairs, we also marked the 55th anniversary of ASEAN’s founding (#StrongerTogether). Happy that DM Mashego-Dlamini had used the occasion to express 🇿🇦’s wish to underpin its links with ASEAN through a formal sectoral partnership! The APC looks forward to working with 🇿🇦 partners in expanding relations with SA, both at the national and local levels.