Singapore reshapes tie-ups with newer Asean members

Vietnamese civil servants (left) taking a break during a course at the new Vietnam-Singapore Cooperation Centre in Hanoi last month. Mr Truong Quoc Hung (above) of the Institute for Legislative Studies at the National Assembly Standing Committee said
Vietnamese civil servants (above) taking a break during a course at the new Vietnam-Singapore Cooperation Centre in Hanoi last month. Mr Truong Quoc Hung of the Institute for Legislative Studies at the National Assembly Standing Committee said during a visit last month that it looked like a good place to learn.ST PHOTO: TAN HUI YEE
Vietnamese civil servants (left) taking a break during a course at the new Vietnam-Singapore Cooperation Centre in Hanoi last month. Mr Truong Quoc Hung (above) of the Institute for Legislative Studies at the National Assembly Standing Committee said
Vietnamese civil servants taking a break during a course at the new Vietnam-Singapore Cooperation Centre in Hanoi last month. Mr Truong Quoc Hung (above) of the Institute for Legislative Studies at the National Assembly Standing Committee said during a visit last month that it looked like a good place to learn.ST PHOTO: TAN HUI YEE

Training centres being revamped in plan to widen aid offerings

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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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 08, 2018, with the headline 'Singapore reshapes tie-ups with newer Asean members'. Print Edition | Subscribe