ISSUE #63 –The state visit of former French President François Hollande to Singapore, part of his South East Asian tour, saw the signing of multiple agreements that are set to pave the way for deeper collaboration, in fields ranging from smart cities planning to digital engineering, FinTech, and health and biomedical sciences.
France and Singapore enjoy a multifaceted partnership. The state visit of former French President François Hollande in March 2017 reaffirmed the two countries’ excellent bilateral relations and saw the further strengthening of ties of cooperation, particularly in the domain of innovation.
A priority area in the growth strategies of both countries, France and Singapore seek to grow innovation in all its dimensions. The two countries signed a Joint Declaration on Innovation in which President Hollande and Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong agreed to intensify cooperation and harness synergies and complementarities for mutual benefit, and for the benefit of the world.
A number of agreements were signed, and the two leaders have also designated 2018 as the “France-Singapore Year of Innovation”, where events that encourage more collaboration in innovation will be held in both countries.
A Word from H.E. Marc Abensour, Ambassador of France to Singapore
Innovation was at the heart of the State Visit of Mr Hollande, and it enabled us to launch new initiatives, such as the Innovation Forum, and also gain accelerated momentum on projects such as the structuring of the French Tech Hub in Singapore.
It was certainly an opportunity for the then President of the French Republic and the Prime Minister of Singapore to place innovation clearly at the heart of our strategic partnership, most notably in adopting a Joint Declaration on Innovation, which marks 2018 as the France-Singapore Year of Innovation.
Innovation constitutes a priority and a strategic imperative for both France and Singapore. Our companies are well positioned to act upon this, and our cooperation on this topic, which is already numerous, has considerable potential for development.
In this promising context, the Joint Innovation Year will offer an unprecedented opportunity to promote cooperation in France and in Singapore in priority fields, to deepen our innovation ecosystems by diversifying its participants and expanding areas of cooperation, to strengthen synergies between academia, research, business and entrepreneurs, and to enhance the mutual attractiveness of our countries.
It will be structured around key themes: smart city and energy, health and ageing, fintech, digital economy (artificial intelligence, creative and cultural industries, tech startups in particular), industry (Industry 4.0, defense, aeronautics, cybersecurity), as well as education and training.
We invite French companies present in Singapore to get involved with this initiative, co-create and participate to make this Year of Innovation a success for all.