Minister of State Sam Tan attends International Arctic Forum in Russia, stresses importance of sustainable Arctic development

Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office and Ministry of Manpower Sam Tan delivering remarks at the opening of the 4th International Arctic Forum “The Arctic: Territory of Dialogue” on March 29, 2017.
Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office and Ministry of Manpower Sam Tan delivering remarks at the opening of the 4th International Arctic Forum “The Arctic: Territory of Dialogue” on March 29, 2017.PHOTO: MFA

SINGAPORE - Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office Sam Tan, who is on a visit to Russia this week, spoke at the 4th International Arctic Forum on Wednesday (March 29), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said in a statement.

Mr Tan delivered remarks at the opening session of the forum held in the city of Arkhangelsk, where he stressed the importance of the Arctic's sustainable development. He also shared Singapore's Arctic engagement, which includes the hosting of several important seminars and workshops on the Arctic, the MFA said.

Mr Tan - who is also Minister of State in the Ministry of Manpower - also spoke in the plenary session titled "The Arctic: Territory of Transport Opportunities", where he touched on the transport opportunities in the Arctic and the relevance of Singapore's experience in maritime affairs. 

Mr Tan also met with the President of the Republic of Iceland Dr Guðni Thorlacius Jóhannesson. They reaffirmed the strong cooperation on Arctic affairs between Singapore and Iceland and exchanged views on the future of the Arctic region and its global implications.

On Thursday, he also met with the Russian Special Representative of the President on International Cooperation in the Arctic and Antarctic, Mr Artur Chilingarov. Mr Chilingarov noted Singapore's active participation on Arctic affairs and was appreciative of Singapore's continued Arctic engagement efforts, the MFA said.

Mr Tan will leave for Singapore on Friday.