Abu Dhabi, Singapore Discuss Cooperation Opportunities in Space, 5G and AI


Abu Dhabi and Singapore have expressed interest in exploring collaboration in strategic areas, including technology, innovation, artificial intelligence (AI), space technologies and public sector partnerships.

At the 13th session of the Abu Dhabi-Singapore Joint Forum (ADSJF), which was held virtually under the co-chairmanship, and in attendance of, Khaldoon Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Executive Affairs Authority of Abu Dhabi and S Iswaran, Minister-in-Charge of Trade Relations, the UAE Space Agency and Singapore’s national space office, the Office for Space Technology and Industry (OSTIn) signed a Letter of Intent signalling their shared interest to collaborate in the areas of space technologies, space law and policies, as well as human capital development.

A Memorandum of Understanding was also signed by the Abu Dhabi School of Government and the Civil Service College Singapore to facilitate greater and more in-depth exchanges between the public sectors of Singapore and Abu Dhabi. This knowledge and experience initiative will focus on current and emerging topics such as public sector leadership, governance, public administration and management, digital literacy, and well-being, a WAM report said.

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.

During the session, the Co-Chairs reaffirmed the strong bilateral relations between 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.