Senior officials from Malaysia and Singapore to meet at joint seminar

By on 16/10/2015
Photo Credit: PSD Singapore. Mr Peter Ong Head of Civil Service Singapore with Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa Chief Secretary to the Government of Malaysia.

Senior civil servants from Singapore and Malaysia will come together this weekend to discuss innovation and productivity at a joint event aimed at strengthening both countries’ ties.

The seventh joint seminar, which is themed ‘innovation and productivity – unleashing public sector potential for greater success’, is taking place in Kuching, the capital of the Malaysian state of Sarawak on Borneo, from today until Sunday.

A 27-strong delegation of permanent secretaries, deputy secretaries and other senior officials, as well as Singapore’s high commissioner to Malaysia, will be hosted by Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa, chief secretary to the government of Malaysia, and his 40-strong delegation of Malaysian secretary-generals, director-generals, state secretaries and other senior officials.

This weekend’s event will include meetings between the Singapore delegates and their respective counterparts, friendly golf and bowling games, and an official dinner hosted by the chief minister of Sarawak.

It will also include the 38th annual Malaysia-Singapore Public Service Games – first held in 1973 and last took place in Singapore in 2014 – which aim at providing an opportunity for senior civil servants from both countries to get to know each other better and enhance the relationship of the two civil services.

Head of Singapore’s civil service Peter Ong said today: “The Civil services from both countries enjoy a close working relationship.

“We share the same goal of building a strong and innovative Public Service to serve our people and there is great potential for us to collaborate and learn from each other.

“Such annual exchanges between public sector leaders also allow us to deepen our bilateral ties.

“I thank Tan Sri Ali for hosting the Singapore delegation, and look forward to renewing our friendship.”

About Winnie Agbonlahor

Winnie is news editor of Global Government Forum. She previously reported for Civil Service World – the trade magazine for senior UK government officials. Originally from Germany, Winnie first came to the UK in 2006 to study a BA in Journalism & Russian at the University of Sheffield. She is bilingual in English and German, and, after spending an academic year abroad in Russia and reporting for the Moscow Times, Winnie also speaks Russian fluently.

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