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Journalists visit Singapore to promote its role as Asean chair

Singapore:  Thirteen journalists from Asean nations are here to report on Singapore’s National Day tomorrow as part of a-six-day progammeorganised by the Ministry of Communications and Information.
The journalists - from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam – are participating in the 9th Asean Journalists’ Visit Programme from August 5-10.
They will get to know more about the country so they can report on Singapore’s activities as the chair of Asean this year. The theme of its Asean Chairmanship is “Resilient, Innovative”.

Journalists from Asean countries gather with Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan (seventh left) at the ministry in Singapore on Monday.

The programme is part of efforts by the Ministry of Communications and Information to build closer relations among journalists in the Asean community, while strengthening Singapore-Asean ties.
The highlights of the programme include interviews with ministers from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Social and Family Development, and the Ministry for Trade and Industry.
In addition, participants are attending briefings by agencies including the Centre for Liveable Cities, the Smart Nation and Digital Government Office, and the Cyber Security Agency.
The journalists are also invited to attend Singapore’s annual National Day Parade on August 9.
During the visit, cyber security and the digital economy are the main topics of discussion for the media and Singapore hopes to raise standards in other Asean countries in these fields.
Minister of Communications and Information Mr S. Iswaran said on Tuesday that Singapore was trying to promote cyber security within the region to enhance the digital economy in Asean, but the level of capability in this field was very varied.
As the chair of Asean this year, Singapore is setting up programmes, meetings and other events for member countries, aiming to expand capability in the region concerning cyber security and digital economy knowledge.
Singapore is a leader in these fields compared to other countries in Asean. The Smart Nation and Digital Government Office reported that Singapore is developing a national digital ID, e-payment, smart nation sensor platform, smart urban mobility and other systems.
Cyber security agencies in Singapore are working to protect these systems by creating powerful firewalls as well as sharing information on cyber security with other Asean countries.
The visiting group of journalists will be in Singapore until Friday with further visits scheduled to the National Gallery, public library, and the parade on Singapore National’s Day.


 

By SouknilundonSouthivongnorath
(Latest Update August 09, 2018)


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