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Thailand and Singapore Discuss Further Cooperation in Response to COVID-19

28 August 2020 (Readers 417)

Mrs. Busaya Mathelin, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand, and Mr. Chee Wee Kiong, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore, have discussed ways to further expand cooperation between the two countries in response to COVID-19 in key areas, namely, trade and investment, digital economy, public health and human resource development.

The two Permanent Secretaries on 26 August 2020 co-chaired the First Meeting of the Political Consultations between Thailand and Singapore via video conference.

According to a report from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand, both sides agreed to maintain momentum of cooperation towards Post-COVID-19 recovery, particularly in strengthening supply chains resilience, facilitating essential business connectivity through a Reciprocal Green Lane arrangement, and promoting exchanges on health safeguards and vaccine development.

They also expressed appreciation for the mutual assistance and support rendered amidst the pandemic, including the contribution of medical supplies and the facilitation of repatriation of each others nationals.

Moreover, the Permanent Secretaries exchanged views on regional and international developments. Both sides reassured their cooperation in bolstering ASEANs centrality and resilience and in contributing to the advancement of the region in response to emerging challenges.

They also stressed the importance of expediting economic recovery and deepening regional economic integration through connectivity and regional economic mechanisms, including the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) to be signed later this year.

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