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Singapore, China's Guangdong province to enhance cooperation in healthcare services

07-15-2010 08:51 BJT

SINGAPORE, July 14 (Xinhua) -- Singapore and China's Guangdong province will widen collaboration in healthcare services as six agreements were signed here on Wednesday at the Singapore- Guangdong Collaboration Council meeting (SGCC).

Supported by Guangdong's rising affluence and increasingly urban lifestyles which see a rapidly growing demand for accessible and quality healthcare in the province, the SGCC has highlighted the healthcare sector as a new area of collaboration to focus on. This was in addition to the bilateral cooperation in sectors including port and logistics, information and communications technology, small and medium enterprises' collaboration and exchange, education exchanges and training of officials.

Singapore's Acting Minister for Information, Communications & the Arts Lui Tuck Yew said, "More Singapore companies are seeing Guangdong's potential and have indicated interest to explore projects in the province. Building on this heightened business interest, we hope to accomplish even more by expanding our areas of focus. One such new area is the healthcare sector in which our Singapore-based enterprises will have much to share."

From January to May 2010, bilateral trade between Singapore and Guangdong amounted to 6.91 billion U.S. dollars, an increase of 41 percent over the same period in 2009.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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