Masagos Zulkifli announces Singapore Cooperation Programme for small island developing states

Masagos Zulkifli announces Singapore Cooperation Programme for small island developing states
SMS Masagos Zulkifli (left) with Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi and co-chair of the Conference Preparatory Committee Singapore Permanent Representative Karen Tan.

SINGAPORE - Senior Minister of State (SMS) for Foreign Affairs and Home Affairs Masagos Zulkifli was in Samoa from September 1 to 4 to attend the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

During the Conference, SMS announced a three-year technical cooperation package that Singapore had put together for fellow SIDS.

The Singapore Cooperation Programme is geared at sharing Singapore's development experience with senior SIDS officials in areas such as sustainable development and climate change, disaster management and public health, and in non-traditional security like food security, water security and energy security.

The package also includes fellowships awards for civil aviation and maritime training courses in Singapore.

While in Samoa, SMS called on Prime Minister of Samoa, Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi. He also held bilateral meetings with delegations from Barbados, Cabo Verde, Comoros, Fiji, Jamaica, Maldives, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and São Tomé and Príncipe.

SMS participated in side events to discuss the developmental challenges of SIDS including climate change and debt sustainability.

ljessica@sph.com.sg

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