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Delegation from Sub-Saharan African countries meets PM Lee

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong says he hopes the upcoming 3rd Africa-Singapore Business Forum would help Singapore and African companies connect and identify joint business opportunities. 

SINGAPORE: A delegation of ministers and senior officials from seven Sub-Saharan African countries - Angola, Ghana, Mauritius, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania and Zimbabwe - met Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana on Tuesday morning (Aug 26).

Mr Lee was briefed on the economic transformation that has been taking place in Africa, the priorities of their respective governments, as well as the challenges they faced from rapid urbanisation.

The delegates highlighted a number of areas where they could learn from Singapore's development experience, particularly in areas such as education and urban planning. They also hoped to see greater connectivity between Singapore and Africa, in order to improve people-to-people exchanges and tourism flows.

The Foreign Affairs Ministry said Mr Lee and the ministers exchanged views on how Singapore and Africa could engage each other more. Mr Lee noted that Africa was a continent on the move and Singapore would like to be part of Africa's growth story.

Mr Lee said he hopes the upcoming 3rd Africa-Singapore Business Forum organised by IE Singapore - to be held from Aug 27 to 28 - would help Singapore and African companies connect and identify joint business opportunities.