This joint statement was issued by the UK Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Singapore, Vivian Balakrishnan:
2019 is a significant year for both Singapore and the United Kingdom. It marks both the Bicentennial of the arrival of Sir Stamford Raffles in Singapore and the beginning of a new era for the United Kingdom.
The Singapore-United Kingdom Partnership for the Future builds on our historical links by celebrating our nations’ shared achievements and looks to the future through the launch of new collaborative initiatives.
Our shared beliefs in free trade and international law and our strong commitment to the rules-based multilateral system are the foundations upon which our nations are working together to embrace innovation and technology. We also share a commitment towards peace and prosperity in the Asia Pacific.
The relationship between Singapore and the United Kingdom is as broad as it is deep. From government to government, business to business, academic to academic and person to person, it reaches every level especially through the four areas highlighted by the Partnership for the Future - digital economy, sustainable business and innovation, security and defence and education, culture and youth.
The Partnership for the Future will solidify and expand existing links while creating new opportunities for cooperation in the years to come. There will be announcements on new areas of collaboration and events in celebration of Singapore-UK friendship throughout 2019.