Paying it forward in the Commonwealth
PUBLISHED ON 19 Apr 2018
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong wrote in an article for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting that there is much ASEAN and the Commonwealth can do together, “for ourselves and future generations.”

Mr Lee wrote, “Both organisations seek to uplift the lives of their citizens through promoting good governance and sustainable practices. Both uphold an open, rules-based multilateral system which allows every country to prosper.”

As ASEAN chair this year, Pm Lee shared that Singapore is working with fellow ASEAN colleagues and partners under the theme of ‘resilience’ and ‘innovation’. Initiatives and projects that has been planned for the year include strengthening collective resilience against common threats of terrorism, cybercrime and climate change. There are also plans to help the ASEAN economies innovate, using technology to make ASEAN a vibrant and sustainable place to live and work.

PM Lee noted that these plans and aspirations for ASEAN “are in line with the CHOGM’s 2018 themes of security, prosperity, fairness and sustainability.”

PM Lee added that Singapore has benefitted from being part of the Commonwealth community, and will pay it forward by sharing it’s approach to sustainable development, and expertise in technical assistance programmes. “We hope this sharing of experiences and exchange of ideas will continue to benefit generations in the Commonwealth.”