Singapore appoints new representatives to WTO, UN and Britain

Singapore appoints new representatives to WTO, UN and Britain
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SINGAPORE - Three senior diplomats have received new postings as Singapore's representatives in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and United Nations (UN) and as high commissioner to Britain.


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Here is the statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

The Government has appointed Ms Tan Yee Woan as Singapore's Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in Geneva; Mr Foo Kok Jwee as Singapore's Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva; and Ms Foo Chi Hsia as Singapore's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.

Ms Tan Yee Woan joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in June 1989. She was Singapore's Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva from December 2010 to July 2014, while concurrently accredited as the Permanent Representative of Singapore to the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna. She was also Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia from June 2007 to August 2010. Ms Tan has also served in various appointments in the Ministry HQ, including as Director of International Organisations from February 2003 to April 2007.

Ms Tan graduated with a Bachelor of Social Science (Honours II Upper) from the National University of Singapore in 1986. In 1996, she obtained a Master in Politics of World Economy (with Distinction) from the University of London, London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom. She was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Bronze) in 1999. Ms Tan will assume post as Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organisation in Geneva on 11 August 2014.

Mr Foo Kok Jwee joined the Singapore Foreign Service in 1999. He was Director-General of the Technical Co-operation Directorate from August 2011 to May 2014, during which he was responsible for the Singapore Cooperation Programme, the primary platform through which Singapore extends technical assistance to other developing countries. Mr Foo also served as Press Secretary to Senior Minister (and later Emeritus Senior Minister) Goh Chok Tong from December 2010 to May 2014. During this period, he was concurrently Director (Special Duties) in the Ministry of Communications and Information, and Director for Academic Matters in the Ministry's Diplomatic Academy between 2010 and 2012.

Mr Foo graduated with a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering (Honours II Upper) from the National University of Singapore in 1999. He later earned a Master in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University in 2007. Mr Foo will assume post as Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva on 8 September 2014.

Ms Foo Chi Hsia joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in September 1994. She was Director in-charge of the International Economics Directorate responsible for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation and WTO matters from 2008 to 2009 and concurrently Senior Deputy Director in the Southeast Asia Directorate (April to September 2008). She was Second Director in the Southeast Asia Directorate from 2008 to 2010 before her appointment as Director-General of the Americas Directorate from August 2010 to July 2014. Ms Foo served at the Singapore Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York from 1997 to 2003, including as the Political Coordinator during Singapore's term as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council from 2001 to 2002.

Ms Foo graduated with a Bachelor of Law in 1994, and obtained a Master in Public Management in 2005, both from the National University of Singapore. She was conferred the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 2008. Ms Foo will assume post as High Commissioner to the United Kingdom on 1 September 2014.

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