Singapore, China agree to strengthen youth and cultural cooperation

SINGAPORE and China have inked an agreement to deepen youth engagement and volunteerism exchanges while committing to further cultural cooperation under an existing programme.

Mr Lawrence Wong, Singapore's Minister for Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) and the President of the All-China Youth Federation (ACYF) Mr He Junke signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in Beijing yesterday that will see the city-state's National Youth Council (NYC) and the ACYF cooperating in the field of youth.

They will work on joint youth development programmes, community service activities and exchange programmes that will allow young people opportunities for learning and cross-cultural understanding, said a press release by MCCY.

Mr Wong, who is on a three-day trip to China that ends today (Sat), noted that Sino-Singapore relations have been growing across many areas including the arts and heritage, sport and youth even as this year marks the 25th anniversary of bilateral ties.

"This will enable our artists and youths to have more opportunities for collaborations with their counterparts in China. Singaporeans can also look forward to more cultural performances and museum exhibitions from China," he said of the new agreements signed.

The NYC and ACYF had previously signed an MOU in 2008 on youth cooperation to strengthen regular exchanges and cooperation between the two organisations. 

On Thursday, Mr Wong and Mr Luo Shugang, China's Minister for Culture, signed the 7th Singapore-China Executive Programme. The programme falls under the MOU on Cultural Cooperation signed between Singapore and China in 1996.

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