President Tony Tan Keng Yam met some 140 overseas Singaporeans based in Norway on the first day of his State Visit to Oslo on Sunday (Oct 9).
Dr Tan spoke about how his visit will showcase Singapore’s strong links with Norway in various sectors, including economic and maritime cooperation.It will also highlight the strong cooperation between the two countries’ universities and research institutions.
A total of 12 Memoranda of Understanding and agreements will be signed in the next few days. Dr Tan said these agreements will pave the way for more people-to-people exchanges between Singapore and Norway.
“Singapore celebrated 50 years of independence last year, and now looks forward to the next 50 years and beyond. We need to build on what we have achieved as a nation. Overseas Singaporeans like yourselves play an important part in this journey as ambassadors of Singapore,” said Dr Tan.
On Monday, Dr Tan will attend the opening of the Norway-Singapore Business Forum, where he will witness the signing of the Joint Statement on Maritime partnership between Singapore’s Maritime and Port Authority and the Norwegian Ministry of Trade.
The statement aims to strengthen cooperation in a broad range of areas - from R&D to policy and regulations between the two countries.