JOINT MEDIA RELEASE
DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER AND
MINISTER FOR TRADE

TIM FISCHER

MINISTER FOR COMMUNICATIONS,
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND THE ARTS

RICHARD ALSTON


22 February 1999

Australia and Singapore to Collaborate on IT

Australia and Singapore have agreed to co-operate more closely in the industry of the future - information and communications technology. Today, in Singapore the Deputy Prime Minister, Mr Fischer, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Information Technology with the Singapore Government.

The MOU, which focuses strongly on trade and investment, will encourage policy exchanges and co-operation on IT developments. Brigadier General Lee Hsien Loong, Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore, signed the MOU on behalf of the Singapore Government.

Mr Fischer said the opportunity for Australia and Singapore to collaborate more closely in this exciting area was especially welcome as the two countries already had been working closely together over the past two years in APEC as co-chairs of an electronic commerce task force. The MOU would enhance this co-operation on a bi-lateral basis and establish networks to facilitate trade and investment opportunities.

Senator Alston said the initiative in particular would broaden the relationship between his Department and the Singapore National Computer Board.

'Australia and Singapore are both committed to being leading players in the information economy,' Senator Alston said.

'Co-operation under the MOU will assist both countries in pursuing this commitment'.

Closer business-to-business relationships will be encouraged through a Joint Council - drawn from Government and the information industries in Australia and Singapore - which will meet annually. Mr Neville Stevens, Secretary of the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts will co-chair the council with the Chief Executive Officer of the Singapore National Computer Board, Mr Stephen Yeo. Membership of the Joint Council and arrangements for its inaugural meeting will be finalised shortly.

Mr Fischer said the MOU also was being reinforced by a number of other business-to-business collaborative agreements between Australia and Singapore.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Office for Government Online, Ms Glenys Roper, also signed a MOU with Singapore on co-operation on Y2K matters.

Singapore

 

See the full text of the MOU

For further information: 

Mr Fischer - Brendan Egan 6277 7400
Senator Alston - Terry O'Connor 6277 7480


Local Date: Tuesday, 07-Jan-2014 10:08:45 EST

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