Deputy President Paul Mashatile concludes successful Official Visit to Singapore, fostering stronger ties and exploring areas of mutual cooperation

THE Official Visit of Deputy President Paul Mashatile of the Republic of South Africa came to a close today, marking a significant step in strengthening diplomatic relations between the two nations. During his stay from 10 to 12 December 2023, Deputy President Mashatile engaged in crucial meetings with Singaporean leaders, showcasing the commitment of both countries to enhancing cooperation.

On 11 December 2023, Deputy President Mashatile held talks with President Tharman Shanmugaratnam and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, emphasizing the longstanding and robust relations between Singapore and South Africa. The leaders discussed key areas of collaboration, including water management, vocational education, the digital economy, pandemic preparedness, and air connectivity.

President Tharman encouraged Deputy President Mashatile to continue the positive trajectory of bilateral relations, emphasizing the importance of people-to-people ties. Prime Minister Lee and Deputy President Mashatile reaffirmed their commitment to further strengthen bilateral relations, building on the momentum generated by Prime Minister Lee’s Official Visit to South Africa in May 2023.

Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic Policies Heng Swee Keat hosted Deputy President Mashatile for lunch today, further solidifying the close ties between the two nations. Discussions centered around deepening cooperation in water management and enhancing air connectivity. Both leaders also visited the Giant Cola Tree in the Singapore Botanic Gardens, a symbol of the enduring friendship between the countries.

During his visit, Deputy President Mashatile delivered a public lecture at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, titled “30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between South Africa and Singapore: Celebrating a journey of mutual respect, strategic partnership, and cooperation.” He also engaged with key Singaporean officials, including Minister Dr. Mohamad Maliki Osman, Senior Minister Dr. Amy Khor, and Minister Gan Siow Huang.

In addition to diplomatic engagements, Deputy President Mashatile visited significant sites such as Marina Barrage and ITE College Central, gaining insights into Singapore’s SkillsFuture movement. The visit underscores the commitment of both nations to fostering a deep and meaningful partnership.

Source – MFA