UAE, Singapore Explore Cooperation at the 13th Abu Dhabi-Singapore Joint Forum

Apr 2021

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Singapore have reaffirmed their strong bilateral economic ties and will be looking into further collaboration in areas including technology, innovation, artificial intelligence (AI), space technologies, and public sector partnerships at the 13th session of the Abu Dhabi-Singapore Joint Forum (ADSJF).

The 13th Abu Dhabi-Singapore Joint Forum was conducted virtually and co-chaired by Khaldoon Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Executive Affairs Authority of Abu Dhabi, and S. Iswaran, Singapore Minister for Communications and Information.

For more than 35 years, the UAE and Singapore have enjoyed a positive bilateral relationship anchored by active trade and investment. Despite the economic challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the UAE remains Singapore’s largest trading partner and investment destination in the Middle East and North Africa region, with bilateral trade amounting to SGD 12.8 billion (USD 9.6 billion) in 2020.

Looking forward,  Enterprise Singapore (ESG) will partner with the Abu Dhabi Investment Office to encourage exchanges through joint innovation challenges and co-innovation projects. The joint innovation challenges will be co-organized and facilitated by IPI Singapore.

In the area of AI, ESG is also working with the Abu Dhabi Digital Authority to offer AI solutions from Singapore companies to the Abu Dhabi Government. Also, Singapore’s Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) will help Abu Dhabi companies find technological solutions in the areas of 5G and the Internet of Things via its Open Innovation Platform.

Singapore’s national space office, the Office for Space Technology and Industry (OSTIn), and the UAE Space Agency signed a Letter of Intent, signaling their mutual interest to collaborate in the areas of space technologies, space law, and policies as well as human capital development.

To facilitate greater and more in-depth exchanges between the public sectors of Singapore and Abu Dhabi, the Civil Service College Singapore signed a Memorandum of Understanding on knowledge and experience exchange in current and emerging topics such as public sector leadership, governance, public administration and management, digital literacy, and well-being with the Abu Dhabi School of Government.

(Sources: Ministry of Trade and Industry; The Straits Times)

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