Minister Balakrishnan's Vietnam visit to include signing of renewed agreement on study visits

Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan will make an introductory visit to Vietnam from Oct 25 to Oct 27.
Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan will make an introductory visit to Vietnam from Oct 25 to Oct 27. PHOTO: MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

SINGAPORE - Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan will make an introductory visit to Vietnam from Tuesday (Oct 25) to Thursday (Oct 27).

In Hanoi, Dr Balakrishnan will meet Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan, and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh.

Dr Balakrishnan will also meet chairman of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Commission for External Relations Hoang Binh Quan.

Dr Balakrishnan and Mr Minh will sign a renewed Agreement on the Study Visit Programme and Executive Education Programme for Senior CPV Officials from 2017 to 2019.

This agreement will facilitate continued exchanges between Singapore and Vietnam through the participation of senior CPV officials in study visits and executive education programmes in Singapore.

Topics to be studied include public administration, sustainable development, economic development, trade facilitation, education and training, transport management, technology and international issues.

The agreement builds on earlier agreements signed in 2010 and 2012.

Dr Balakrishnan will also meet chairman of the CPV Commission for External Relations Hoang Binh Quan and president of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Nguyen Thien Nhan.

The minister will also attend a reception for the Singaporean community in Hanoi.

In Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), Dr Balakrishnan will meet and be hosted to lunch by the chairman of the People's Committee of HCMC Nguyen Thanh Phong.

Dr Balakrishnan will be accompanied by his wife and officials from Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.