It is muggy in downtown Hanoi but the air is buzzing on the fourth floor of an office block called Pacific Place. Young civil servants stride into a space filled with warm wood and deep hues, some sinking into splayed-leg armchairs and others gravitating towards a tiled bar counter.
They are the first group of participants to be trained in the Vietnam-Singapore Cooperation Centre, which opened last month. It used to be called the Vietnam-Singapore Training Centre until it was revamped under a larger plan to widen the type of aid Singapore offers to Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar, to help them close the gap with their more developed Asean neighbours.
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