To follow up on the outcomes of the successive Fujian visits by Singapore’s Ambassador to China and Singapore’s Foreign Minister, a business delegation led by Singaporean Consul General in Xiamen Nelson Ng was in Fujian from May 12-14 upon invitation of Fujian Provincial Foreign Affairs Office. The 22-member delegation consisted of 13 companies from urban planning, airport operation, port logistics, scientific and technological innovation, education, finance, including Temasek Holdings and Singapore Technologies Engineering.
On May 13, Governor Wang Ning met with the delegation in Fuzhou. After an update on the latest economic and social development of Fujian, he said that Fujian and Singapore enjoy a long history of friendly relations with frequent personnel exchanges and rapid growth in trade and economic cooperation, especially in the fields of education, health, science and technology, culture and tourism. Fujian will take the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Singapore as a new starting point, implement the important consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries, deepen industrial cooperation in marine economy, digital economy, and advance exchanges on ecological conservation, urban management, finance, education, healthcare and people-to-people ties so as to achieve mutual benefit and win-win results.
Consul General Ng noted the long-standing bonds between Fujian and Singapore, and reiterated the consulate general’s commitment to serving as a bridge between businesses from both sides by helping Singaporean companies seize the development opportunities in Fujian, and facilitating Fujian enterprises’ expansion into the emerging markets in Southeast Asia. Wu Yibing, Temasek’s representative in China spoke on behalf of Singapore’s companies, who believed that Temasek’s investment direction is highly compatible with Fujian’s development and hoped to strengthen cooperation with Fujian in the areas of digital economy, sustainable development, life science and consumer products.
On the morning of May 13, a seminar on Fujian-Singapore economic cooperation took place in Fuzhou. Officials from relevant departments of Fujian gave briefings on Fujian’s development plan and investment environment. Businesses from both sides engaged in productive discussions on future cooperation.
During the stay, the delegation also met with leaders of Fuzhou and Xiamen and visited some local key projects.