SINGAPORE - Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean will visit Melbourne and Canberra from Sept 8 to 12 after a series of high-level exchanges between Australia and Singapore, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on Thursday (Sept 7).
His visit follows Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's official visit to Singapore in June, and the 10th Singapore-Australia Joint Ministerial Committee meeting last month (August).
DPM Teo, who is also Coordinating Minister for National Security, will join overseas Singaporeans at Singapore Day 2017 in Melbourne.
The event, dubbed the "biggest Singaporean reunion" on its Facebook page, takes place on Sept 9 and is the third edition to be held in Australia. The gathering was held in Sydney in 2013 and in Melbourne in 2008.
DPM Teo will also meet with Premier of Victoria Daniel Andrews and key Australian business leaders.
While in Australia, he will visit the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation and start-up facilities to look at how to strengthen cooperation with Australia in the areas of science and innovation, and entrepreneurship.
In Canberra, DPM Teo will meet key members of the Australian Government including Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Barnaby Joyce, Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop, Attorney-General George Brandis, Minister for Defence Marise Payne, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Steven Ciobo, and Minister for Justice Michael Keenan.
He will also meet members of the Shadow Cabinet, including Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs Penny Wong, Shadow Minister for Defence Richard Marles, and Shadow Minister for Trade and Investment, and Shadow Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Jason Clare.
DPM Teo will lay a wreath at the Australian War Memorial.
He will accompanied by Senior Minister of State for Culture, Community and Youth and Trade and Industry Sim Ann, Member of Parliament Saktiandi Supaat, and officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Trade and Industry, the National Research Foundation (on the Melbourne leg) and the Ministry of Home Affairs (on the Canberra leg).