ISSUE #67 – In the Édito of this edition of our FOCUS magazine on innovation, Ambassador of France to Singapore H.E. Marc Abensour (pictured below) shares more this exciting 2018 France-Singapore Year of Innovation.
As we enter the last part of the France-Singapore Year of Innovation, the first assessment is undeniably positive: with more than 40 events, several high-level political visits including that of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in France and numerous agreements signed bringing our two ecosystems closer, the year 2018 has placed innovation at the heart of our bilateral relations. The innovation ecosystems of France and Singapore benefited from increased visibility, both in the media and during the numerous events that punctuated these first nine months, while the continuum between research, enterprises and startups was strengthened.
After a successful launch in January 2018 in the presence of Minister Frédérique Vidal and a delegation of presidents and directors of research institutes and higher education institutions, numerous exhibitions in fields such as aeronautics, smart cities, healthcare, the Internet of Things and the maritime industry highlighted French innovation and know-how in Singapore.
In France also, the Year of Innovation enabled Singapore to showcase its strengths: the Minister for Communications and Information, Mr S. Iswaran, led for the first time a Singaporean delegation of around fifteen startups to the Viva Technology event in Paris.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s visit to France, Guest of Honour at the French National Day Parade, was an opportunity to reiterate at the highest level our shared commitment to free trade and multilateralism and to adopt with the President of the French Republic an ambitious roadmap on digital innovation, Internet governance and cyber security. The choice of Paris to launch a Singapore Global Innovation Alliance program, a first in Europe, also demonstrates the attractiveness of the French ecosystem and will facilitate the development of Singaporean companies and startups in France as well as in Europe. Finally, this visit made it possible to seal major agreements between our major research institutes and universities in fields such as the Circular Economy, artificial intelligence and smart cities.
The year of innovation continues: in September, the Women’s Forum Singapore and SWITCH (Singapore Week of Innovation & TeCHnology) festival with the visit of the Secretary of State for Digital Mr Mounir Mahjoubi, then the Fintech festival in October and finally Les Rencontres Economiques in November. In addition, the Embassy remains ready to support companies, particularly in their innovation-related activities while the French Tech Community continues to foster the integration of the startup ecosystems from both nations.
Read also: A word from the Ambassador of Singapore to France H.E. Zainal Mantaha
Édito by Ambassador of France to Singapore H.E. Marc Abensour
Published in FOCUS Magazine — Issue #3 2018 “The Innovation Issue”