Singapore Ambassador Wong Kwok Pun with DIA Assistant Professor of International Affairs Dr Farhan Chak at the event.
Doha: Students from Qatar University’s Department of International Affairs (DIA) in College of Arts & Sciences participated in a lecture on Singapore-Qatar relations presented by Ambassador Wong Kwok Pun.
He gave an insight into relations between the two countries, focusing on cultural, political and economic exchanges. The embassy’s Minister Counsellor Syed Noureddin and First Secretary Kenny Tan, DIA assistant professors of international Affairs Dr Basma Abdelgafar and Dr Farhan Chak, and CAS faculty were present.
Wong described relations as “a special friendship between two small sovereign states based on mutual respect and admiration, sharing common concerns and working together for a better and stable future for our two peoples in an uncertain world”. It is also a relationship that is “free of problems”.
He observed that both Singapore and Qatar share many similarities such as being cosmopolitan in outlook. Both also face common challenges such as finding innovative ways to provide efficient public services to a growing and highly-urbanised population, in the areas of housing, transport and water.
He said since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1984, there has been a constant exchange of high-level visits between both countries. A Qatar-Singapore High-Level Joint Committee (HLJC) was established as a platform to bring together ministries from both countries to discuss and coordinate across various areas of cooperation. At the last HLJC meeting in Singapore in November 2013, discussions focussed on education, public administration, leadership development, information and communications technology and diplomatic training.
He said both countries have been working to provide public administration training to countries in the Middle East and Asia.