President Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his entourage arrived at the Changi international Airport at about 6:45 pm on February 24 (local time), starting a three-day state-level visit to Singapore at the invitation of Singaporean President Halimah Yacob.
|President Nguyen Xuan Phuc (L, front row) arives in Singapore__Photo: VNA|
The President, his spouse and the high-level Vietnamese delegation were welcomed at the airport by Singaporean Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan, Singaporean Ambassador to Vietnam Jaya Ratnam, and Vietnamese Ambassador to Singapore Mai Phuoc Dung.
During the visit, the Vietnamese President is scheduled to meet his Singaporean counterpart, hold talks with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, and meet with Speaker of the Singaporean Parliament Tan Chuan-Jin.
These high-level meetings aim to promote cooperation agreements signed by the two countries, discuss new joint programs, and deepen the Vietnam-Singapore strategic partnership. Ministries, sectors and enterprises of the two countries will also exchange documents for bilateral collaboration in many fields including economy, trade, defense, information and communications, and science-technology.
President Phuc will also attend and speak at the Vietnam-Singapore Business Dialogue and receive many leading Singaporean companies.
Forty nine years after establishing diplomatic relations and nine years following lifting their ties to a strategic partnership, Vietnam-Singapore trade hit USD 8.3 billion in 2021, and over USD 783 million in January 2022, up 23.3 percent and 6.8 percent year-on-year, respectively. Singapore is now one of the three biggest foreign investors in Vietnam with nearly 2,900 projects worth USD 66 billion in total.- (VNA/VLLF)