Prime Minister Lee and Panamanian Foreign Minister Mouynes reaffirm the warm ties between the two countries

SINGAPORE – Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Panamanian Foreign Minister Erika Mouynes reaffirmed the warm ties between Singapore and Panama when they met at Istana on Monday (April 11th).

Singapore and Panama mark the 40th anniversary of their diplomatic relationship this year, and during their meeting, Prime Minister Lee and Ms. Mouynes discussed how the two countries should deepen their cooperation, given that they are both from small trade-dependent countries.

The two sides also exchanged views on national post-pandemic economic recovery policies as well as regional and international developments.

In a statement, the Foreign Ministry said: “Prime Minister Lee welcomed Panama’s interest in establishing closer relations with Southeast Asia and Asean.”

The Panamanian minister also met with Finance Minister Lawrence Wong on Monday.

Ms Mouynes arrived in Singapore on April 9 with other senior officials from the Panamanian Foreign Ministry and will be here until Wednesday April 13.

She is also due to meet Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan and Minister of Sustainable Development and Environment Grace Fu, State Minister for Transport Chee Hong Tat and State Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, Trade and Industry Alvin Tan.

Ms. Mouynes will visit the National Research Foundation to learn more about the development of Singapore’s research and innovation hub and meet with high-level representatives of Singaporean companies.

She will also visit ITE College Central to witness the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to institutionalize the collaboration between ITE and the Institute of Specialized Technical Education of Panama.