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MFA Press Statement: Visit of Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office and Ministry of Manpower Sam Tan to Washington DC for the White House Arctic Science Ministerial, 27 to 28 September 2016

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by September 29, 2016 Business

Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office and Ministry of Manpower Mr Sam Tan attended the White House Arctic Science Ministerial (WHASM) in Washington, D.C from 27 to 28 September 2016. The event was attended by over 100 speakers and participants from 25 countries, including Ministers and officials from the Arctic Council member and observer states, as well as representatives from the Arctic Council Permanent Participants.

A joint statement was issued at the conclusion of the WHASM to reflect the participants’ commitment to work together to advance international scientific collaboration on Arctic-related issues. The text of the joint statement is appended.

MOS Tan delivered a speech during the session on “Empowering Citizens through Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education Leveraging Arctic Science” which touched on Singapore’s Arctic science policy, our role in developing sustainable options for businesses operating in the Arctic, as well as our efforts in raising awareness on Arctic issues in Singapore and Southeast Asia. MOS Tan also highlighted the need for countries to strengthen cooperation in data-sharing of Arctic observations. The text of the speech is appended.

On the sidelines of the WHASM, MOS Tan had bilateral meetings with Minister of Education and Culture of Finland Saani Kaisa Grahn-Laasonen and Minister of Education and Research of Norway TA�rbjorn RA�e Isaksen on 27 September. At both meetings, the Ministers reaffirmed the good bilateral ties and looked forward to expanding cooperation on Arctic issues. MOS Tan also took the opportunity to host some of the representatives from the Arctic Council Permanent Participants to a dinner on 28 September 2016.

Source: MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIR SINGAPORE

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