SINGAPORE: President of the Republic of Niger Issoufou Mahamadou is in Singapore for a five-day state visit from January 19-23.
Mr Mahamadou had a meeting with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Monday and was later hosted to a state lunch by President Tony Tan Keng Yam.
In a speech, President Tan said Mr Mahamadou's visit represents a new milestone in both countries' bilateral relations and catalyses the efforts on both sides to strengthen existing cooperation.
Dr Tan added: "It also signals Niger's desire to develop a closer friendship with Singapore, which we very much appreciate and welcome. Singapore looks forward to working with Niger to build a strong and enduring friendship."
Dr Tan said the impressive growth and development in Niger mirrors that of many Sub-Saharan African countries and many Singapore companies are keen to explore business opportunities throughout the continent.
Since 2010, 14 business missions from Singapore have visited over 20 Sub-Saharan African countries.
International Enterprise Singapore, the government agency that promotes international trade for Singapore, opened two new Overseas Centres in Johannesburg and Accra last year to service Singapore companies that are interested to invest or do business in Africa.
The two Overseas Centres will also assist African companies looking to expand their businesses into East Asia.
Mr Mahamadou will be delivering the keynote address at the Niger-Singapore Business Forum on January 23.
The forum, organised by the Singapore Business Federation, aims to spark further investor interest and signal Niger's commitment to foreign investors. - CNA/fa
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