Singaporean Ambassador to South Korea Yip Wei Kiat (ç¨êÉËø) held a dinner reception at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Seoul on August 18 (Friday), 2017 on the occasion of Singapore's 52nd National Day.
The National Day of Singapore is celebrated on August 9 every year as its people commemorate the day it gained the independence from Malaysia in 1965.
A large crowd of both local Korean and international guests including South Korean lawmakers and government officials were invited to the dinner reception held at 6:00 p.m. on the day. They included South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-Se, and top foreign envoys and their spouses serving in Seoul.
Ambassador Yip has been serving as the "ideal ambassador" for Singapore's ties with South Korea for over two years now.
Mr. Yip was serving as director-general of Northeast Asia of Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs' (MFA) before he was appointed as the ambassador to Seoul at the start of 2015.
Previously Mr. Yip served as consul-general in Shanghai from 2008 to 2012. He also worked as deputy chief of mission in Beijing from 2005 to 2007.
Presently South Korea has huge influence on the people in Singapore: its pop culture, drama, and food is making a strong inroad in the everyday life of Singaporean peoples.
Both Singapore and South Korea have enjoyed excellent bilateral relations since the establishment of diplomatic ties in 1975.
Singapore has been one of the most important trading partners and a major investor to South Korea.
Since the free trade agreement (FTA) came into effect in 2006 the bilateral trade volume between Singapore and South Korea has increased several folds.
The bilateral trade volume grew from 12.7 billion US dollars in 2005 to 32.6 billion US dollars in 2013.
The bilateral trade cooperation is expected to grow even further driven by South Korea¡¯s expertise in plant construction, equipment and manufacturing and by Singapore¡¯s excellence in financing and engineering.
Singapore is often called one of the ¡°Four Tigers¡± of rising Asian states along with South Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Both South Korea and Singapore have been exemplary for their highly developed and advanced economies in Asia.
While Singapore emerges as one of the world-leading international financial centers, South Korea establishes itself as one of the world leaders in manufacturing information technology.
Bilateral cooperation between the two nations included trade and investment promotion, information and communications technology, maritime transport and science and technology.
Currently over 1,000 Korean companies are operating in Singapore. They include CJ Group, Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics, SK Group, Daewoo International, Hanjin Shipping, Sunwoo Entertainment, and the Ssangyong Engineering Construction.
More than 23,000 Koreans are presently residing in Singapore and the figure is on the steady rise in recent years.
Singapore is a South East Asian city-state off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula. It has the third highest per capita income in the world and has a population of slightly over 5 million people.
Renowned worldwide for its cleanliness, Singapore is better known as the ¡°green city¡± to many. A multi-cultural and multi-racial country, it has a diverse population consisting of the Chinese, Malays, Indians, and Europeans.
The Lion City is highly urbanized and has established itself as the world¡¯s fourth leading financial center and its port one of the five busiest ports in the world.
For details or inquiries contact the Embassy of Singapore in Seoul at 774-2464~7.
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