UK and Singapore sign data and technology cooperation

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The UK and Singapore have signed Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) that commit to leading advances on government use of data and new technologies.

UK Deputy Prime Minister Oliver Dowden signed the agreements with Singapore’s Minister, Josephine Teo, during the former’s first international visit since his appointment in 2022.

Data and technology cooperation

One of the key elements emphasised by the data and technology-focussed MoUs was a commitment to deepening research and regulatory cooperation.

They were agreed between the UK’s Department for Science, Innovation and Technology and Singapore’s Ministry of Communications and Information and the Smart Nation and Digital Government Office.

“Emerging technologies like AI present challenges and opportunities for all countries,” commented Dowden.

“But by cooperating on research, regulation and our experience of how we use them in government – we can deliver better and more efficient public services.

“The UK and Singapore are global leaders in technology and these new agreements will help cement that position and further boost our already growing mutual trade and investment.”

“AI, future communications and data flows”

Teo added: “The two new Memoranda of Understanding signed today between Singapore and United Kingdom build on our recent agreements in digital trade facilitation, digital identities and cybersecurity.

“The speed, enthusiasm and rigour of our collaboration is testament to the strategic alignment between our countries on many issues related to the digital economy and emerging technologies including AI, future communications and data flows.

“Through these new, pathfinding MoUs, we will also develop concrete bilateral initiatives that can bring tangible benefits for our businesses and people.”

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