The Chairman of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Commission for External Relations Hoang Binh Quan is on a visit to Singapore from 23 to 27 July 2019, at the invitation of Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Vivian Balakrishnan. Chairman Quan is a member of the CPV Central Committee.

Chairman Quan called on and was hosted to lunch by Minister Balakrishnan today. They reaffirmed the excellent relations between Singapore and Vietnam. They also discussed regional and international developments. Minister Balakrishnan and Chairman Quan agreed that Singapore and Vietnam should continue to work together and broaden cooperation both bilaterally and in ASEAN. They also agreed that as signatories of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), our two countries should strengthen our economic partnership, as we move towards a digital economy. Minister Balakrishnan also expressed Singapore's support for Vietnam's ASEAN Chairmanship in 2020 and congratulated Chairman Quan on Vietnam's recent election as a non-permanent member of the UNSC for the 2020-2021 term.

Chairman Quan also called on Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Heng Swee Keat. DPM Heng and Chairman Quan reaffirmed the robust economic relationship between both countries and our growing people-to-people relations. DPM Heng and Chairman Quan also had a substantive discussion on the challenges facing the region, and expressed hope that both countries would continue to deepen cooperation across multiple sectors.

Chairman Quan will also visit the People's Association, the Institute of Southeast Asia Studies (ISEAS) and the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS).

Call on Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Vivian Balakrishnan by Chairman of the Communist Party of Vietnam Commission for External Relations Hoang Binh Quan, 24 July 2019. Call on Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Heng Swee Keat by Chairman of the Communist Party of Vietnam Commission for External Relations Hoang Binh Quan, 24 July 2019.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Singapore