SINGAPORE: Foreign Affairs and Law Minister K Shanmugam has met Brazilian Minister of External Relations Antonio Patriota in Brasilia.
Singapore's Foreign Affairs Ministry said both ministers reaffirmed the warm friendship and growing relations between Brazil and Singapore, and welcomed the establishment of Singapore's Embassy in Brasilia.
They jointly signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Political Consultations between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs to strengthen bilateral cooperation and dialogue. Mr Patriota later hosted Mr Shanmugam to lunch, where they had a fruitful exchange of views on developments in Latin America and Asia.
Mr Shanmugam also met Minister of Development, Industry and Trade Fernando Pimentel. Both ministers noted the robust partnership between Singapore and Brazil, and the potential for both countries to leverage complementarities in their respective economies to elevate cooperation to the next level.
The establishment of Singapore's Embassy in Brasilia, the first in Latin America, is a crucial step in this process. They noted the importance of Brazil's eventual removal of Singapore from its list of low-tax jurisdictions in facilitating unhindered investment by companies from both countries.
Later, Mr Shanmugam met with Head of the Civil Cabinet Minister Gleisi Hoffman.
Mr Shanmugam emphasised the vast opportunities to expand bilateral cooperation, particularly in the area of infrastructural and urban development, where Singapore could share its experiences and expertise ahead of Brazil's hosting of the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympic Games in 2016.
Mr Shanmugam also met President of the Federal Supreme Court Chief Justice Joaquim Barbosa, with whom he exchanged experiences in their respective judicial systems, and raised the possibility of Chief Justice Barbosa visiting Singapore at the invitation of Singapore's Chief Justice.
In the evening, Minister Shanmugam officially opened Singapore's Embassy in Brasilia. - CNA/ac
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