Foreign ministers from Jordan and Singapore sign MOU on HR development

Minister, Prime Minister's Office and Acting Minister for Foreign Affairs Grace Fu (R) and Jordanian Minister of Foreign Affairs His Excellency Nasser Judeh (L) at the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between Singapore and Jordan on Cooperation in Human Resource Development, 24 February 2014.

SINGAPORE - Foreign ministers from Jordan and Singapore signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Monday to further the cooperation in human resource development under the framework of the Asia-Middle East Dialogue (AMED).

The MOU expands the scope of courses offered at the AMED Regional Vocational Training Centre (RVTC) to include economic development, public administration, sustainable development, trade facilitation and water management.

The RVTC was established in Marka, Jordan in 2007 to assist in capacity-building for AMED member countries.

Jordanian Minister of Foreign Affairs His Excellency Nasser Judeh and Prime Minister's Office and Acting Minister for Foreign Affairs Grace Fu signed the MOU on the sidelines of His Majesty King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan's visit to Singapore, where he was received by President Tony Tan Keng Yam at the Istana today.

During King Abdullah II's call on President Tan, both leaders reaffirmed the excellent bilateral relations between Jordan and Singapore which are underpinned by high level exchanges.

President Tan noted that Singapore and Jordan faced similar challenges as countries with small populations and limited natural resources, and that there was scope for both sides to share experiences and explore new areas for collaboration.

President Tan later hosted a State Banquet in honour of King Abdullah II at the Istana.

King Abdullah II spoke on business opportunities in Jordan at the Business Roundtable organised by the Singapore Business Federation and visited the Institute of Technical Education College East on Monday morning.

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