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German Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz received a ceremonial welcome at the Istana this afternoon and had a new orchid hybrid, the Renanthera Olaf Scholz, named in his honour. Chancellor Scholz called on President Halimah Yacob and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Chancellor Scholz and Prime Minister Lee also held a Joint Press Conference before adjourning for an Official Dinner hosted by Prime Minister Lee. Earlier in the afternoon, Chancellor Scholz also met Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Lawrence Wong on the sidelines of the 17th Asia-Pacific Conference of German Business.
President Halimah and Chancellor Scholz reaffirmed the longstanding and multifaceted relations between Singapore and Germany. They took note of the wide-ranging areas of bilateral cooperation, including in emerging areas such as the digital economy, innovation, and cybersecurity.
Prime Minister Lee and Chancellor Scholz welcomed the excellent progress in bilateral relations, and agreed to deepen existing areas of cooperation, such as in trade and investment and defence, while driving collaboration in new areas such as renewable energy and climate action. They welcomed the signing of the Germany-Singapore Framework for Sustainability and Innovation (FSI) on 13 November 2022 by German Vice-Chancellor and Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action Robert Habeck and Minister for Transport and Trade Relations S Iswaran, which would pave the way for economic partnerships and engagement in sectors such as mobility and green technology. Chancellor Scholz and Prime Minister Lee also exchanged views on key regional and international developments, and reaffirmed their shared commitment to free and open trade and a multilateral, rules-based international order.
Following the meeting, Chancellor Scholz and Prime Minister Lee issued a Joint Declaration titled “Partners for a Resilient and Sustainable Future”, which outlines the trajectory of bilateral cooperation and relations going forward. The full text of the Joint Declaration is at Annex.
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MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
14 NOVEMBER 2022
JOINT DECLARATION BETWEEN THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY AND THE REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORE: PARTNERS FOR A RESILIENT AND SUSTAINABLE FUTURE
1. Over the past half century, Germany and Singapore have established a strong foundation for bilateral cooperation. We enjoy excellent and multi-faceted relations, anchored by a shared and unwavering commitment to multilateralism and the rules-based international order. As like-minded partners, we share a belief in the relevant fundamental principles of promoting peace and cooperation, as expressed in Germany’s Policy Guidelines on the Indo-Pacific, the European Union (EU) Strategy for Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific, and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Outlook on the Indo-Pacific, and we look forward to further strengthening cooperation between the EU and ASEAN.
2. Faced with global challenges such as climate change, great power rivalry, supply chain disruptions, the on-going Russian invasion of Ukraine, and other international conflicts and wars, Germany and Singapore will further strengthen our partnership with shared determination and ambition to chart a future based on sustainability, innovation, and resilience. Germany and Singapore support free trade and an open, multilateral, rules-based trading system with the World Trade Organization (WTO) at its core.
3. The scope of our engagement spans political ties, trade and investment, as well as cooperation in renewable energy, climate protection, research and innovation, connectivity, cyber, defence and security. The following plan of action builds upon the “Singapore-Germany Declaration: The Way Ahead” signed by our leaders in December 2005, and provides guidance and impetus for increased cooperation in the years to come.
4. Political Relations
5. Economic Cooperation
6. Climate Action, Sustainable Development and Renewable Energy
8. Defence and Security
10. Education, Research, Science and Technology
Signed in the Republic of Singapore on 14 November 2022 by:
Mr Olaf Scholz
Federal Republic of Germany Republic of Singapore
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is a ministry of the Government of Singapore responsible for conducting and managing diplomatic relations between Singapore and other countries and regions.