Centre for Viet-Spore ties opens in Hanoi

SINGAPORE: Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security Teo Chee Hean opened the Vietnam-Singapore Cooperation Centre in Hanoi as part of his official visit to Vietnam, which runs until tomorrow.

Teo on Saturday opened the centre, which focuses on capacity building for Vietnamese officials and holds courses in relevant fields of study.

The centre “will enhance our training to Vietnamese officials and further contribute to capacity building in our region,” Teo wrote in a Facebook post along with a photo of him and a delegation from both countries at the centre’s opening.

Previously known as the Vietnam-Singapore Training Centre, it was revamped under a larger plan to widen the type of aid Singapore offers to countries like Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar, to help them close the gap with their more developed Asean neighbours.

Teo was accompanied by MPs Intan Azura Mohktar, Patrick Tay and Henry Kwek on the trip.

He later officiated the launch of the Singapore Festival in Hanoi with Hanoi People’s Committee chairman Nguyen Duc Chung.

“Hope that our lively showcase of Singapore’s art, culture, food, design and tourism offerings will draw more Vietnamese tourists to Singapore and strengthen our people-to-people ties,” he said on Facebook. — The Straits Times/Asia News Network

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