The Republic will check out means to aid essential enterprise and official travel to Sichuan province in south-western China, Second Minister for Trade and Marketplace and Manpower Tan See Leng said yesterday.
He reported at the 21st Singapore-Sichuan Trade and Investment Committee Assembly, where he was co-chairman, that there is potent fascination in resuming vacation in between Singapore and Sichuan.
“We hope to revive passenger visitors and maximize direct air services between Singapore and Chengdu,” Dr Tan said, referring to an earlier dialogue he had with Sichuan Governor Yin Li, the other co-chairman of the assembly.
Chengdu, about 20 instances the dimension of Singapore, is Sichuan’s provincial capital and a major transport hub in the location.
Speedy lanes amongst Singapore and six Chinese provinces and towns were set up in June to facilitate essential company and official journey amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Reinstating travel involving Singapore and Chengdu will with any luck , “assistance to kick-start enterprise exchanges as both equally of our economies recover from the pandemic”, mentioned Dr Tan, who is also Minister in the Primary Minister’s Place of work.
Trade amongst Sichuan, a single of China’s largest provinces, and Singapore achieved US$1.25 billion (S$1.7 billion) amongst January and previous thirty day period, a bounce of much more than 20 per cent in contrast with a year in the past.
The Republic is also Sichuan’s biggest international investor so considerably, with cumulative investments of about US$7.55 billion throughout 665 assignments ranging from infrastructure to innovation.
Dr Tan said that while the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted corporations and their functions, Singapore corporations remain committed to Sichuan.
Illustrations incorporate CapitaLand and United Overseas Financial institution, as effectively as the Singapore-Sichuan Hello-Tech Innovation Park, he included.
As agreed on at previous year’s meeting, Singapore and Sichuan have also deepened their partnership in the Belt and Road Initiative and in the discipline of innovation and assisted modest and medium-sized enterprises develop their marketplaces, mentioned Dr Tan.
About 35 Sichuan corporations, these as aerospace enterprise Haite, conglomerate New Hope Team and hotpot chain Xiaolongkan, have also established up shop in the Republic.
Dr Tan explained: “These trade and investment decision flows exhibit the resilience of our financial linkages and sign the opportunity for deeper collaboration.”
Ten memorandums of understanding in the logistics, sustainability and fintech sectors have been also signed yesterday.
Mentioned Dr Tan: “As Singapore progressively resumes economic functions, we will reinstate our connectivity with important companions all over the planet. There is sturdy desire from both equally the Singapore and Sichuan business enterprise communities to resume journey.”