SINGAPORE has said it is happy to share its development experience with the Caribbean Community, as the country’s second Ambassador to CARICOM was accredited Wednesday.
Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque accepted the Letters of Credence of Her Excellency Karen Ann Tan Ping Ming, Plenipotentiary Representative of Singapore to CARICOM, at the secretariat’s headquarters in Georgetown, Guyana.
Ambassador Tan said her appointment represented Singapore’s commitment to “continue to work to sustain and deepen” its engagement with the region, and to find new avenues for cooperation, the Caricom Secretariat said in a release. To date, the new envoy revealed that 1060 officials from CARICOM have participated in various programmes, including public administration, urban planning, finance, information technology and civil aviation in Singapore.
She said cooperation in Disaster Risk Management or Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is also available. This offer was announced in 2017 by Singapore’s Foreign Minister, His Excellency Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan, when he met the CARICOM Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR) during its 10th Special Meeting on the side-lines of the 72nd United Nations General Assembly.
Singapore is also working with partners in Latin America, such as Chile and Argentina, to offer Third Country Training Programmes for CARICOM; opportunities Ambassador Tan said she hopes officials will maximise. Ambassador Tan noted that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) can be a useful partner for CARICOM in the areas of trade, investment promotion and sustainable development, with Singapore serving as Chair for this year.