Singapore Embassy in Berlin gives behind-the-scenes look at PM Lee's recent Germany trip

First Secretary Tan Tah Jiun explaining to PM Lee Hsien Loong the history of the München Rathaus and its famous 5 o'clock "performance" in Munich.
First Secretary Tan Tah Jiun explaining to PM Lee Hsien Loong the history of the München Rathaus and its famous 5 o'clock "performance" in Munich. PHOTO: SINGAPORE EMBASSY IN BERLIN/FACEBOOK

SINGAPORE - What goes on behind the scenes of an overseas ministerial visit? Plenty of hard work and planning that begin way before the trip is even made.

The Singapore Embassy in Berlin, in a Facebook post on Sunday (July 16), shared snippets of the effort and preparation that went into Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's working trip to Germany earlier this month.

Work began three weeks before PM Lee's visit, with officers from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Berlin embassy involved in the planning.

Civil servants accompanying PM Lee, who attended the G-20 summit in Hamburg, also clocked long hours preparing his programme for the following day.

From updating PM Lee on his schedule to playing tour guide, they worked tirelessly to ensure everything ran smoothly.

The post also revealed that PM Lee makes it a point to have an informal meal with younger members of his delegation during overseas visits.


A wefie taken by officers from the embassy and MFA, three weeks before the trip. PHOTO: SINGAPORE EMBASSY IN BERLIN/FACEBOOK


Protocol officers working late into the night to plan for the next day's programme in Berlin. PHOTO: SINGAPORE EMBASSY IN BERLIN/FACEBOOK


MFA protocol officer Russell Wee checks the table setting before guests arrive for a dinner. PHOTO: SINGAPORE EMBASSY IN BERLIN/FACEBOOK


Delegation liaison officer for the G-20 summit Xini Chen updating PM Lee on his programme. PHOTO: SINGAPORE EMBASSY IN BERLIN/FACEBOOK


First Secretary Donald Tsang briefing volunteers before the National Day reception for Singaporeans at Munich's Bayerischer Hof Hotel. PHOTO: SINGAPORE EMBASSY IN BERLIN/FACEBOOK


PM Lee and having an informal dinner with younger members of his delegation at a restaurant in Munich. PHOTO: SINGAPORE EMBASSY IN BERLIN/FACEBOOK