ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barre will lead a trade mission to Singapore this week, which will build on Canberra’s strong ties with Singapore and renew tourism, trade, business and investment opportunities.
The mission covers trade, investment, tourism promotion, education and health.
A strong commitment to Singapore is essential for the return of international air services, Mr Barr argued.
The Chief Minister will meet with senior officials from Singapore Airlines, the Singapore Tourism Board and the Singapore Government’s Minister for Commercial Relations to work on the return of international flights and increased tourism and business opportunities between the two jurisdictions.
Strengthening these connections will help Canberra’s tourism industry regain the $2.5 billion in visitor spending recorded before the pandemic, Mr Barr said.
The ACT Government seeks opportunities to attract new investment to Canberra and local businesses, in line with its responsible investment values. This includes the recently released Build-To-Rent affordable housing model.
Cultural ties are also renewed. A Memorandum of Understanding between the Singapore Botanic Gardens and the National Arboretum, Canberra will include Wellington through the Wellington Botanic Garden. For the past four years, the two original parties have worked together on staff exchanges and learning opportunities.
The mission will also support local businesses doing business in Singapore, including Agri-gate, which exports high-end regional produce to Singapore.
The Chief Minister will also visit the Temasek Polytechnic Cyber Training Security Operations Center to investigate how they have developed relationships with industry and whether a similar facility at the CIT – Woden campus could benefit local industry from Canberra.
ACT Minister of Health Rachel Stephen Smith will join the final leg of the trade mission focusing on health and wellness.
Ms Stephen-Smith will visit several healthcare facilities, in particular Ng Teng Fong General Hospital and Tan Tock Seng Hospital to observe the impact of the recent ‘go-live’ with the Epic digital health record – the same system that will be implemented through the ACT public hospital and health system in November 2022 and to learn more about the design of infrastructure and health systems.
She will meet with officials to learn more about how technology, innovation and workforce initiatives are supporting Singapore’s healthcare system.
The Minister will also tour the Bukit Canberra facility – a uniquely designed sports and community center – providing the Sembawang district with a holistic facility for active living and wellbeing.
The cost of the Chief Minister’s delegation is approximately $21,500. The cost of the delegation from the Minister of Health is approximately $13,500. These costs are fully covered by ACT’s executive budget and published in quarterly departmental travel reports.