Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, met this morning with S. Iswaran, Minister for Trade and Industry of the Republic of Singapore, during his visit to France from November 6 to 9.
The two ministers underscored the importance of strengthening our strategic partnership, notably in innovation-friendly sectors. The joint France-Singapore Year of Innovation, due to take place in 2018, will make it possible to strengthen our scientific, technological and economic partnerships, as well as the cooperation between our two start-up networks and our authorities responsible for the digital transformation.
France and Singapore support globalization regulated within a multilateral framework. In this respect, Jean-Yves Le Drian would like France to continue to develop its relations with ASEAN, for which Singapore will assume the presidency in 2018.