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Singapore and the United Kingdom (UK) are pleased to announce the signing of three Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) in the areas of digital trade facilitation, digital identities and cyber security between the governments of Singapore and the UK. Singapore’s minister for communications and information and minister-in-charge of smart nation and cybersecurity Mrs Josephine Teo and UK’s secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport Nadine Dorries signed the MOUs at the side-lines of the Future Tech Forum in London organised by the UK. 

Minister for communications and information and minister-in-charge of smart nation and cybersecurity Mrs Josephine Teo said, “Singapore has been working with like-minded countries to advance a global digital architecture that is open, inclusive, interoperable and secure. In this regard, I am pleased to sign these MOUs with a digitally-progressive partner like the United Kingdom, to further strengthen the links between Singapore and the UK in digital trade facilitation, digital identities and cybersecurity. Such partnerships make digital transactions easier, safer and cheaper, enabling businesses in both countries to seize opportunities in the growing digital economy as we seek to recover from the pandemic.” 

Digital secretary Nadine Dorries said, “The Future Tech Forum is bringing global leaders together to discuss how we can use tech to create a greener, healthier and safer world. The deals signed today will reduce costs for businesses and make it easier for our thriving impact startups to trade internationally and create wealth and jobs across the country.” 

The MOUs between Singapore and the UK will further support opportunities to grow the digital delivery of cross-border services between Singapore and the UK, provide a basis for working closely with like-minded digital partners, and help set a global benchmark on high standards for digital cooperation to bring economic and societal benefits to both countries. 

These partnerships in the areas of digital trade facilitation, digital identities and cyber security between Singapore and the UK will strengthen the digital connectivity between our countries, and will support the shared goals and key tenets of the UK-Singapore Digital Economy Agreement (DEA), where negotiations are ongoing and targeted for conclusion in the near-term. 

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