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Singapore shines as consumer business hub

Press Releases   •   Aug 01, 2011 10:02 SGT

SHOPPERS around the world know the beauty products SK II, Lux and Pond's but few know that these blue-chip brands are developed, managed and marketed from Singapore.

It is not a one-off development. Leading consumer companies have been increasing their presence in Singapore, moving key functions such as global management of their brands here.

Led by consumer conglomerates Unilever and Proctor & Gamble (P&G), the consumer business sector has been rapidly expanding over the past three years, said the Economic Development Board (EDB).

Estee Lauder, Nestle, Kraft, Levi's and Chanel also have also a strong presence here.

Some are using Singapore as a second headquarters as demand for consumer goods in Asia is tipped to explode.

According to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Asia's consumer goods market - it covers everything from cosmetics to foodstuffs, fashion and electronics - will more than double to US$56 trillion (S$67.3 trillion) by 2030.

SHOPPERS around the world know the beauty products SK II, Lux and Pond's but few know that these blue-chip brands are developed, managed and marketed from Singapore.

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MFA Press Statement: Bilateral meeting between the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Pak Ui Chun and Minister for Foreign Affairs K Shanmugam (27 July 2011)

Press Releases   •   Jul 29, 2011 10:11 SGT

Visiting Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Foreign Minister Pak Ui Chun called on and was hosted to dinner by Minister for Foreign Affairs K Shanmugam this evening. The Ministers exchanged views on bilateral relations, the recent ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) and developments on the Korean Peninsula. Minister Shanmugam welcomed the meeting between the foreign ministers of the DPRK and Republic of Korea on the sidelines of the recently concluded ARF in Bali and expressed support for efforts to resume the Six-Party Talks. Minister Shanmugam urged the DPRK to address international concerns over non-proliferation and humanitarian issues.

Foreign Minister Pak was on a bilateral visit to Singapore at the invitation of the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Singapore.

Visiting Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Foreign Minister Pak Ui Chun called on and was hosted to dinner by Minister for Foreign Affairs K Shanmugam this evening

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IMF chief urges swift euro zone action on debt plan

Press Releases   •   Jul 28, 2011 10:58 SGT

NEW YORK - INTERNATIONAL Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde on Tuesday urged the eurozone to 'quickly' implement its plan to fight a sovereign debt crisis.

The agreement reached last Thursday at a European Union summit in Brussels 'shows that European leaders believe in the eurozone, and will do what it takes to secure its destiny,' Ms Lagarde said in a speech in New York, according to remarks prepared for delivery.

'It has been welcomed by financial markets, as reflected in the stronger euro and lower peripheral bond spreads,' she added.

'But turbulence could easily resurface. For this reason, it is essential that the summit's commitments should be implemented quickly,' she warned.

NEW YORK - INTERNATIONAL Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde on Tuesday urged the eurozone to 'quickly' implement its plan to fight a sovereign debt crisis.

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MFA Press Release: The Signing of Condolence Book by Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Masagos Zulkifli on 26 July 2011 for victims of Norway attacks (26 July 2011)

Press Releases   •   Jul 28, 2011 10:49 SGT

Minister of State Masagos Zulkifli signing the condolence book for the victims of the Norway attacks.

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Masagos Zulkifli visited the Norwegian Embassy this afternoon to sign the condolence book for the victims of the recent attacks in Norway. He wrote:

"Singapore grieves with Norway over the loss of so many innocent lives and the suffering of many more hurt during the senseless acts of violence in Oslo and Utoeya on 22 July 2011. Our thoughts and prayers go to the survivors and their families, as well as the families of those who lost loved ones. We pledge our solidarity and support as you go through this trial. The great courage and unity that the people of Norway have displayed in the face of this terrible tragedy are an inspiration to all. Norway and her people will endure and emerge from this stronger than before."

Minister of State Masagos Zulkifli signing the condolence book for the victims of the Norway attacks.

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S'pore helps Danang in urban transport planning

Press Releases   •   Jul 26, 2011 17:08 SGT

SINGAPORE: Singapore and the World Bank are helping the Vietnamese city of Danang plan its urban transport system.

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UPDATE: MFA Spokesman's Comments in response to media queries on the bus accident in Western Australia involving Singaporeans (25 July 2011)

Press Releases   •   Jul 26, 2011 10:48 SGT

In response to media queries, the MFA Spokesman said:


Of the 30 Singaporeans involved in the bus accident in Western Australia on 24 July 2011, 23 have been discharged from hospital and are making plans to return to Singapore over the next few days. The Singapore High Commission in Canberra and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will continue to provide assistance to the remaining seven Singaporeans who are hospitalised in Perth, Australia. Singaporeans requiring assistance can contact the MFA Duty Office (24 hours):

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore
Tel: 6379 8800, 6379 8855
Fax: 6476 7302
Email: mfa_duty_officer@mfa.gov.sg

In response to media queries, the MFA Spokesman said:

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Press Statement by MFA, MTI and MND on the Official Visit of Vice Premier Wang Qishan of The People's Republic Of China (26-28 July 2011)

Press Releases   •   Jul 26, 2011 09:40 SGT

OFFICIAL VISIT OF VICE PREMIER WANG QISHAN OF THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA, 26-28 JULY 2011


At the invitation of Deputy Prime Minister (DPM), Coordinating Minister for National Security and Minister for Home Affairs Teo Chee Hean, Vice Premier Wang Qishan of the People's Republic of China will lead a delegation of Ministers and senior officials to Singapore from 26-28 July 2011. He will co-chair the 13th Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP) Joint Steering Council (JSC), 4th Tianjin Eco-city (TEC) JSC and the 8th Joint Council for Bilateral Cooperation (JCBC) meetings with DPM Teo on 27 July.

The SIP and TEC JSC Meetings will review the progress of their respective projects and chart new directions for their future development. The JCBC meeting will discuss existing and new areas of bilateral cooperation. The JCBC meeting will include a Welcome Dinner to be hosted by DPM Teo for Vice Premier Wang and attended by relevant Ministers on both sides. DPM Teo and Vice Premier Wang will also jointly witness the signing of the Protocol to Amend the China-Singapore Free Trade Agreement and the Supplemental to the China Banking Regulatory Commission-Monetary Authority of Singapore Memorandum of Understanding - Statement of Cooperation on Crisis Management.

During his visit to Singapore, Vice Premier Wang will also call on Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, and meet former Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew and Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong. DPM, Minister for Finance and Minister for Manpower Tharman Shanmugaratnam will host Vice Premier Wang to dinner.

OFFICIAL VISIT OF VICE PREMIER WANG QISHAN OF THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA, 26-28 JULY 2011

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MFA Spokesman's Comments in response to a media queries on the bus accident in Western Australia involving Singaporeans

Press Releases   •   Jul 25, 2011 10:24 SGT

In response to a media queries on the bus accident in Western Australia involving Singaporeans the MFA Spokesman said:

We are aware of the bus accident in Western Australia involving Singaporeans, and are providing all necessary assistance to the affected Singaporeans. The Singapore High Commission in Canberra is in close touch with medical authorities in Western Australia attending to the victims. Officers from the High Commission supported by Consular officers despatched from MFA HQ are currently in Perth to attend to the affected Singaporeans. Singaporeans requiring assistance can contact the Duty Officer of the Singapore High Commission in Canberra ( +61 422 372 633, +61 414 733 944) or MFA Duty Office (24 hours):



Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore
Tel: 6379 8800, 6379 8855
Fax: 6476 7302
Email: mfa_duty_officer@mfa.gov.sg

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MFA Press Release: Condolence Messages from PM Lee Hsien Loong to Norwegian PM Jens Stoltenberg and from Minister for Foreign Affairs K Shanmugam to Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre on the bombing and shooting in Norway on 22 July 2011

Press Releases   •   Jul 25, 2011 10:20 SGT

Condolence Message from PM Lee Hsien Loong


23 July 2011


Dear Prime Minister


I am deeply shocked and saddened to learn of the bombing in Oslo and the shooting on the island of Utoeya. On behalf of the people of Singapore, I would like to convey my deepest condolences to the families of the victims of these brutal and senseless attacks, as well as to the Government and people of Norway.

The attacks are a reminder that all countries must remain vigilant and resolute in countering terrorism. Singapore supports Norway's efforts to bring the perpetrators of these horrific and despicable acts to justice.


Yours sincerely,

LEE HSIEN LOONG



HE Mr Jens Stoltenberg
Prime Minister
Kingdom of Norway


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Condolence Message from Minister for Foreign Affairs K Shanmugam


23 July 2011


HE Mr Jonas Gahr Støre
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Kingdom of Norway


Dear Foreign Minister,


I learnt with great dismay and sorrow of the senseless attacks in Oslo and the island of Utoeya yesterday evening. Please accept my deepest condolences and sympathies for the trial.

Norway is a good friend of Singapore. My thoughts are with the people of Norway and the families who lost relatives or friends to the terrible acts of violence.


Yours sincerely,

K SHANMUGAM

Condolence Message from PM Lee Hsien Loong

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MFA Press Statement: Bombing and shooting in Norway

Press Releases   •   Jul 25, 2011 10:13 SGT

Singapore strongly condemns the bombing in Oslo and shooting on the island of Utoeya. We convey our deepest condolences to the families of the victims, and to the Government and people of Norway. The attacks underscore the common terrorist threat that we continue to face today. Singapore stands firmly behind the Norwegian Government in its fight against terrorism.

Singaporeans in Norway or intending to travel to Norway should exercise vigilance, be mindful of their personal safety and heed the instructions from the local authorities. They should register with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at eregister.mfa.gov.sg so that we can contact them in the event of an emergency. Should Singaporeans require consular assistance, they can contact the MFA Duty Officer (24-hours) at:

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore
Tel: 6379 8800, 6379 8855
Fax: 6476 7302
Email: mfa_duty_officer@mfa.gov.sg

Singapore strongly condemns the bombing in Oslo and shooting on the island of Utoeya. We convey our deepest condolences to the families of the victims, and to the Government and people of Norway.

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