Minister of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Social and Family Development, Sam Tan, visited Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 20 to 22 March 2019 to attend the Second High-Level United Nations Conference on South-South Cooperation (BAPA+40).
MOS Tan delivered Singapore's national statement, which elaborated on Singapore's perspective on South-South Cooperation and its potential for the future, on 20 March 2019. The full text of MOS Tan's remarks is appended.
While at BAPA+40, MOS Tan met with (i) Bahamas Minister of Financial Services, Trade and Industry and Immigration Theodore Brent Symonette, (ii) Angola Minister of State for Economic and Social Development Manuel Jose NunesJA�nior, (iii) Equatorial Guinea Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, and Missions BonifacioMitogoEdjang, and (iv) Norway State Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Jens FrA�lichHolte, on the sidelines of the conference. He also visited the Singapore Cooperation Programme booth at the BAPA+40 Exhibition.
MOS Tan further called on Argentine Economy Minister NicolasDujovne on 20 March. Both sides reaffirmed their commitment to strengthening economic ties between Singapore and Argentina. They discussed the potential for greater bilateral cooperation through the MERCOSUR-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (MSFTA) which will meet for the first round of negotiations in April 2019. They noted the progress in ongoing negotiations on a Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) and looked forward to concluding negotiations by the first half of 2019. MOS Tan also expressed Singapore's interest to start negotiations on an Avoidance of Double Taxation Agreement (DTA). In his meeting with Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Gustavo Zlauvinen on 21 March, MOS Tan noted the positive momentum in bilateral relations following Prime Minister Lee HsienLoong's visit to Argentina in November 2018 to attend the G20 Leaders' Summit. MOS Tan also reiterated Singapore's invitation for President Mauricio Macri to visit Singapore in 2019.
Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Singapore