Singapore is hosting the 4th Singapore-Sub-Saharan Africa High-Level Ministerial Exchange Visit to foster closer collaboration on digitalization and sustainability between the two regions.
The 4th Singapore-Sub-Saharan Africa High-Level Ministerial Exchange Visit (AHLMEV) is set to take place from August 29 to 31, 2023, as announced by Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Vivian Balakrishnan. This biennial event serves as a crucial platform for enhancing ties and sharing development experiences between Singapore and countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. This year’s theme, “Singapore and Africa: Partners in Digitalisation and Sustainability,” underscores the mutual commitment to advancing these key areas.
Eight Ministers and Deputy Ministers from prominent Sub-Saharan African nations, including Botswana, Ghana, Mauritius, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, and Uganda, are scheduled to participate in the AHLMEV. The distinguished delegates will engage in discussions and interactions with high-ranking Singaporean officials, including Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Lawrence Wong, and Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Vivian Balakrishnan.
The program also entails meetings with various Singaporean leaders such as Dr Mohamad Maliki bin Osman, Second Minister for Education and Second Minister for Foreign Affairs; Sim Ann, Senior Minister of State for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of National Development; Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State for the Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment and Ministry of Transport; Dr Janil Puthucheary, Senior Minister of State for the Ministry of Communications and Information and Ministry of Health; and Alvin Tan, Minister of State for the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth and Ministry of Trade and Industry.
A significant highlight of the visit will be the 7th Africa Singapore Business Forum (ASBF) scheduled for August 29, 2023. Organized by Enterprise Singapore, this prestigious business forum seeks to foster economic exchanges between Africa and Asia, providing a platform for meaningful discussions and partnerships.
Additionally, the visiting delegation will have the opportunity to explore Singapore’s best practices in various domains. Their itinerary includes visits to the ServiceSG Centre at One Punggol, Singapore City Gallery, Changi Airport, Gardens by the Bay, and Marina Barrage. These visits aim to offer insights into Singapore’s achievements in urban planning, digitalization, sustainable development, and logistics.