S'pore ministers on official trips to US, France and Turkey

Singapore Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies Tharman Shanmugaratnam will be visiting the United States and France from today to next Wednesday, said a press statement from the Prime Minister's Office.

He will be in Washington, DC to attend meetings of the International Monetary and Financial Committee and to speak at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Seminar on Managing Inequality, Globalisation and Technology. He will also be speaking at a conference on global economic challenges organised by the Bretton Woods Committee, in conjunction with the annual meetings of the IMF and World Bank.

He will subsequently visit Paris, where he will deliver a talk on inclusive prosperity and globalisation, at the invitation of Banque de France and France Strategie. He will also meet political and business leaders in Paris and visit key institutions for continual education.

Separately, Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security Teo Chee Hean will visit Paris from today to Saturday for the 19th meeting of the Total International Advisory Committee.

He will also meet senior French national security officials and researchers from think-tanks, according to a press statement from Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan will make his first official visit to Turkey from today to tomorrow, said his ministry.

In Ankara, he will meet Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, Acting Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey Mehmet Akif Hamzacebi and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu. In Antalya, he will visit the National Parks Board's "City in a Garden" exhibition at Expo 2016 Antalya.

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