Singapore, Vietnam boost cooperation

Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong presenting Mr Lee Kuan Yew's memoirs to Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc during an official dinner at the Banquet Hall in the International Conference Centre in Hanoi on March 23, 2017.
Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong presenting Mr Lee Kuan Yew's memoirs to Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc during an official dinner at the Banquet Hall in the International Conference Centre in Hanoi on March 23, 2017.ST PHOTO: JAMIE KOH

Singapore and Vietnam yesterday signed six agreements to further cooperation in such areas as banking and a possible innovation park.

These underscore the growing economic ties between the two countries, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who is on a four-day visit to Vietnam which ends today.

Mr Lee and Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc witnessed the signing of the agreements after they met. At a dinner Mr Phuc hosted, both leaders acknowledged the contributions of the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew, who died on March 23 two years ago, in laying the foundations for Singapore-Vietnam ties.

"We will always remember during the early days of reform, it was (Mr Lee) who was very persistent in giving Vietnam valuable and sincere advice," Mr Phuc said.

A Vietnamese translation of Mr Lee Kuan Yew's memoirs was launched in Hanoi yesterday.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 24, 2017, with the headline 'Singapore, Vietnam boost cooperation'. Print Edition | Subscribe