Singapore, Austria ink pact on digital and tech cooperation

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Singapore, Austria ink pact on digital and tech cooperation

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Minister for Communications and Information S. Iswaran and AustriaĆ¢€™s Federal Minister of Digital and Economic Affairs Margarete Schrambock signing the MOU at the Federal Chancellery in Vienna.
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong walk past a military honour guard at the Federal Chancellery of Austria duri   ng the welcome ceremony.
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong walk past a military honour guard at the Federal Chancellery of Austria during the welcome ceremony.
  Joint press conference by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz at the Federal Chancellory of Austria in Vienna, on Oct 17, 2018.
Joint press conference by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz at the Federal Chancellory of Austria in Vienna, on Oct 17, 2018.
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VIENNA - Singapore and Austria will exchange ideas and know-how on their experiences with digital government, e-commerce and the challenges posed by emerging technolo gies like artificial intelligence.

Both countries inked a pact on Wednesday (Oct 17) to step up cooperation in digitalisation and information and communications technology (ICT), during Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's official visit to the central European country.

PM Lee arrived in Vienna earlier in the day and was received by Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and a military honour guard at the Federal Chancellery.

Both leaders then witnessed the signing of an MOU on Cooperation in the Area of Digitalisation and Information Communications Technology by Minister for Communications and Information S. Iswaran and Austria's Federal Minister of Digital and Economic Affairs Margarete Schrambock.

"Singapore and Austria recognise the growing importance of digitalisation for businesses and government, and see opportunities for partnerships to accelerate each other's development," the Ministry of Communications and Information said in a statemen t.

"Following discussion between officials earlier this year, both countries have agreed to further strengthen exchange of experience and expertise through the MOU in key areas of digitalisation and ICT policies," it added.

The agreement will focus on the exchange of information and best practices in four broad areas:

- Digital Economy and Digitalisation Strategies, including helping small and medium-sized enterprises and promising start-ups take advantage of technology, and promoting ICT skills in schools and in industry.

- Digital Government: government digital services, standards, data architecture, digital workplace tools, as well as digital national identities and Smart Nation applications.

- Electronic Commerce and Digital Trade: standards used to facilitate digital trade, electronic signatures for trade documents and contracts, e-payment, e-invoicing and the cross-border flow of non-personal data.

- Emerging Technologies: novel applications of blockchain, Internet of Things and artificial intelligence (AI) and related regulatory approaches.

Topics:
  • AUSTRIA
  • LEE HSIEN LOONG

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