Sin­ga­pore should plug into in­no­va­tion net­works: Chun Sing

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Macron and his wife then hosted PM Lee to din­ner.

PM Lee, who is in Paris at the in­vi­ta­tion of Mr Macron, will at­tend the Bastille Day cel­e­bra­tion to­day.

It marks the fall of Bastille in 1789, a turn­ing point in the French Revo­lu­tion. And the top high­light is a mil­i­tary pa­rade down the Champs-El­y­sees. This year, it will fea­ture a France-Sin­ga­pore com­bined fly-past.

The visit comes as France and Sin­ga­pore com­mem­o­rate the 20th an­niver­sary of the Repub­lic of Sin­ga­pore Air Force (RSAF)’s ad­vanced jet train­ing in Cazaux Air Base, and as they ex­pand in­no­va­tion part­ner­ships dur­ing the 2018 France-Sin­ga­pore Year of In­no­va­tion.

PM Lee and Mr Macron will is­sue a France-Sin­ga­pore Road Map for deep­en­ing co­op­er­a­tion in dig­i­tal in­no­va­tion, In­ter­net gov­er­nance and cy­ber se­cu­rity. Sev­eral bi­lat­eral agree­ments in the ar­eas of in­no­va­tion, ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence, re­search and devel­op­ment, stu­dent ex­changes and en­ergy will also be signed in con­junc­tion with the visit.

PM Lee will also at­tend a re­cep­tion with over­seas Sin­ga­pore­ans.

In a Face­book post yes­ter­day, PM Lee said France was one of the first coun­tries to recog­nise Sin­ga­pore’s in­de­pen­dence in 1965. “Since then, France has be­come one of our strate­gic part­ners. We have strong co­op­er­a­tion in many ar­eas – econ­omy, de­fence, ed­u­ca­tion and peo­ple-to-peo­ple ties.”

He said he is hon­oured to be at­tend­ing the Bastille Day pa­rade, and looks for­ward to see­ing the RSAF M-346s and the Sin­ga­pore flag fly­ing dur­ing the pa­rade.

Ac­com­pa­ny­ing PM Lee on the visit are Min­is­ter for De­fence Ng Eng Hen, Min­is­ter for Trade and In­dus­try Chan Chun Sing, Se­nior Min­is­ter of State for Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and In­for­ma­tion, and Cul­ture, Com­mu­nity and Youth Sim Ann and of­fi­cials from the Prime Min­is­ter’s Of­fice and other min­istries.

ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG

Prime Min­is­ter Lee Hsien Loong in­spect­ing a guard of hon­our with France’s Sec­re­tary of State for Dig­i­tal Af­fairs Mounir Mahjoubi yes­ter­day in Paris. He is in France at the in­vi­ta­tion of French Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron.

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