Singapore's Indian-origin civil servant appointed as deputy secretary-general of ASEAN Economic CommunityPTI | Singapire | Updated: 27-03-2021 15:44 IST | Created: 27-03-2021 15:28 IST
Satvinder Singh assumed the post on Friday for a term of three years, the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) announced.
The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) aims to create a single market and production base for the free flow of goods, services, investment, capital, and skilled labor within the region. Singh, who succeeds Dr. Aladdin D Rillo from the Philippines, will support the ASEAN secretary-general in the implementation of the AEC Blueprint 2025, as well as the realization of the AEC's goals, The Straits Times reported.
Additionally, he will manage development cooperation in economic matters, policy, and relations with ASEAN member states, dialogue partners, and international organizations as well.
Singh has relinquished his earlier role as the assistant chief executive officer of Enterprise Singapore, a state-owned trade promotion agency.
MTI said the AEC represents ASEAN's continued commitment to an increasingly seamless, integrated, and connected region.
''It envisions ASEAN as a single market and production base, a highly competitive region with equitable economic development, and fully integrated into the global economy,'' The Straits Times quoted the ministry as saying.
MTI said that over the years in its service, Singh has built strong relationships with the global trade community, and strengthened the trading ecosystem in Singapore.
He has also led teams to develop strategies and policies to support companies in strengthening capabilities and expanding overseas.
Singh is one of four deputies and the secretary-general in the ASEAN Secretariat, who are all from different member states.
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