Singapore and South Africa explore economic opportunities and strengthen ties during a meeting hosted by Singapore’s Minister of State and Member of Parliament for Tanjong Pagar GRC (Moulmein – Cairnhill), Alvin Tan, and Minister Gan Kim Yong, and attended by South Africa’s Minister of Public Enterprises, Pravin Gordhan.
On May 5th, 2023, Singapore’s Minister of State and Member of Parliament for Tanjong Pagar GRC (Moulmein – Cairnhill), Alvin Tan, along with Minister Gan Kim Yong, had the honor of hosting South Africa’s Minister of Public Enterprises, Pravin Gordhan, at the Ministry of Trade & Industry in Singapore. The meeting was aimed at exploring various economic opportunities and possibilities that exist between Singapore and South Africa, and to strengthen connectivity and build economic and people-to-people ties.
During the meeting, the ministers discussed potential opportunities in areas such as green energy, ports, innovation, and manufacturing, while sharing valuable insights and information about Singapore’s energy ecosystem. Both Singapore and South Africa are significant gateways to their respective regions, and the ministers emphasized the importance of building stronger connectivity and fostering more robust economic ties between the two countries.
Minister Tan also took the opportunity to share with Minister Gordhan a sentimental item that has been in his office for almost two decades- a poster of Nelson Mandela. He received this gift from a former South African High Commissioner to Singapore who had visited an after-school care center for kids from vulnerable homes and told stories about Madiba. The gift holds a special place in Minister Tan’s heart and serves as a reminder of the deep connection between Singapore and South Africa.
This meeting marks an essential step towards further strengthening the bilateral relationship between Singapore and South Africa, and exploring more opportunities for collaboration and growth in the future.
Sourced from Alvin Tan’s LinkedIn post