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Embargoed till delivery on 6 February 2001 after 8 pm

PRESS RELEASE

NSTB SIGNS MOU WITH GERMAN COUNTERPART TO PROMOTE BILATERAL COOPERATION IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (S&T)

- High-level Bavarian delegation visits Singapore to scope research collaboration projects

Singapore, 6 February 2001 -The National Science and Technology Board (NSTB) and the German National Science Foundation, DFG, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today on scientific cooperation between Singapore and Germany. The signing ceremony took place at a welcome dinner reception hosted by Mr Teo Ming Kian, Chairman EDB and Co-Chairman NSTB, in honour of the Bavarian S&T delegation led by Bavarian Minister for Economic Affairs, Transport and Technology, Dr Otto Wiesheu.

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

The MOU serves to facilitate and further strengthen S&T cooperation between Singapore and Germany. Within this framework, the MOU seeks to support activities that promote collaboration in specific joint research projects, as well as further develop the research training of young scientists, both at a postdoctoral and postgraduate level, through the university research training programmes supported by the DFG.

This agreement reaffirms the strong commitment placed on science and technology (S&T), as well as reiterates the existing excellent bilateral relations established between Singapore and Germany. In addition, this agreement will open up avenues for both public and private institutions in Singapore and Germany to network closely and explore potential S&T collaborations.
The MOU was signed by Professor Hang Chang Chieh, Executive Deputy Chairman of NSTB and Professor Winnacker, President of DFG.

Singapore - Bavarian Bilateral S&T Cooperation

During an official visit to Germany in June 2000, Prime Minister Mr Goh Chok Tong and Bavarian Prime Minister Edmund Stoiber signed a Joint Declaration on Cooperation between Singapore and Bavaria on Industry and Technology, Research and Education.

Following this Joint Declaration, Bavarian Minister for Economic Affairs, Transport and Technology, Dr Otto Wiesheu, leading a high-level 15-member delegation of scientists/R&D heads of top German research institutes and laboratories is now in Singapore from 5 - 8 February 2001. The objective is to explore and study opportunities for joint research collaboration. The new opportunities could be in the areas of biomedical sciences, infocomms, microelectronics, nanotechnology, and new materials.

The Ministerial Delegation will be paying courtesy calls on Prime Minister Mr Goh Chok Tong, Deputy Prime Minister Dr Tony Tan as well Minister for Trade and Industry, BG George Yeo. The S&T delegation, which comprises two groups (biomedical sciences and science and engineering) will be visiting research institutes and centres (RICs) and institutions of higher learning (IHLs) in Singapore.

For more information, please contact:

Ms Jennifer Chen Ms Trina Liew
Senior Officer Senior Officer
Corporate Communications, EDB Corporate Communications, NSTB
DID: 832 6628 DID: 770 5897
Email: jennifer@edb.gov.sg Email: Trina_Liew@nstb.gov.sg

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