WASHINGTON: Singapore and the United States announced on Tuesday (Mar 29) the establishment of a yearly dialogue as part of strengthening cooperation in cybersecurity.
The United States-Singapore Cyber Dialogue, as it is called, will involve senior government officials from the cyber operational, technical and policy units of various agencies coming together “to discuss and move forward existing practical bilateral cooperation”.
The dialogue will be held annually, or as determined by US and Singapore. The co-chairs of the dialogue and level of representation from both countries will be decided at a later date.
Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, in the US for a working visit, issued a joint statement with US President Joe Biden following a meeting in the White House.
In the statement, the leaders said both countries have a "strong and growing partnership" on cybersecurity.
They pledged to deepen cooperation on combating cyberthreats, promoting resilience and securing critical infrastructure. Both also said they will lead efforts in the International Counter Ransomware Initiative to tackle the surge in ransomware attacks worldwide.
The set-up of the cyber dialogue follows the signing of three memoranda of understanding concerning cybersecurity during US Vice President Kamala Harris’ official visit to Singapore in August last year.
In their joint statement, Mr Lee and Mr Biden also said they were committed to bolstering global health security and preparing for future pandemics and "other shocks to health systems".
They called on allies and partners to strengthen and finance vaccine readiness and accelerate efforts to control COVID-19 globally.
There are also plans to expand economic cooperation under the US-Singapore Partnership for Growth and Innovation, the statement said.
New initiatives under the partnership include the development of interoperable ethical artificial intelligence governance frameworks, and plans for a US business development mission to Singapore to facilitate business opportunities and strengthen partnerships in advanced manufacturing.
Both leaders also welcomed the convening of a US-Singapore Space Dialogue as well as the renewal and expansion of an agreement to deepen cooperation in infrastructure development to cover green projects.
"Today’s challenges all demand closer cooperation between us," they said in the statement. "For many decades the United States and Singapore have worked together to overcome the challenges of the day, and we will continue to do so, with determination and resolve.
"Together, we are deepening our strategic partnership to seize opportunities and address emerging threats."