The 13th session of the Abu Dhabi-Singapore Joint Forum (ADSJF) was held virtually on March 22 under the co-chairmanship and in the presence of Khaldoon Al Mubarak, Chairman of the executive affairs authority of Abu Dhabi, and S. Iswaran, Minister-in-Charge of trade relations.
During the session, the Co-Chairs reaffirmed the strong bilateral relations between the UAE and Singapore. Both parties also expressed interest in exploring collaboration in mutual areas of strategic importance, including technology, innovation, artificial intelligence (AI), space technologies, and public sector partnerships.
Singapore’s national space office, the Office for Space Technology and Industry (OSTIn) and the UAE Space Agency also signed a Letter of Intent signalling their mutual interest to collaborate in the areas of space technologies, space law and policies as well as human capital development.
In the area of AI, ESG is also working with the Abu Dhabi Digital Authority to offer AI solutions from Singapore companies to the Abu Dhabi Government. An AI workshop was also conducted between the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), Personal Data Protection Commission and the UAE AI Office to exchange views on key ethical and governance issues when deploying AI solutions.
On 5G, IMDA will work with Abu Dhabi corporates to feature in-market problem statements in the areas of 5G and IoT on IMDA’s Open Innovation Platform. As important technological enablers, collaborations in the areas of 5G and AI will serve as a pathfinder for Singapore and the UAE companies to better navigate the digital space.
The ambassadors of both countries were also present, in addition to officials and senior representatives from a number of key public and private entities in the UAE and Singapore.
For more than 35 years, the UAE and Singapore have enjoyed a productive and positive bilateral relationship anchored by active trade and investment. To broaden cooperation, the Abu Dhabi-Singapore Joint Forum was established in 2007 as part of a joint commitment between both countries to explore mutual areas of strategic interest.
Further to this agreement, in 2019, the two governments established a Joint Declaration on a Singapore-UAE Comprehensive Partnership, articulating both countries’ ambition to deepen existing areas of cooperation and explore new sectors, including political exchanges, trade, industry & investment, financial cooperation, sustainable development and energy, education & human resource development, and health.