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November 28, 2007

SINGAPORE-PHILIPPINES : Ties
Singapore and Philippines to boost bilateral media collaboration

Singapore and the Philippines have signed a deal to boost bilateral media collaboration in the fields of media policy and information exchange, training and human resource development, co-production and mutual exchanges.
The Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Dr Tan Chin Nam, Permanent Secretary of the Information, Communications and the Arts Ministry and Chairman, Media Development Authority of Singapore, and Mr Ignacio R. Bunye, Press Secretary, Philippines Office of the Press Secretary.
The signing took place on the sidelines of the Asia Media Festival 2007.
Other than the Philippines, Singapore has also sealed media co-operation MOUs with three other ASEAN countries - Brunei, Indonesia and Thailand.

Dr Tan says: "The world is witnessing an unprecedented interest in Asian culture and media content. There is thus great potential and promise for ASEAN nations to leverage our collective culture capital for the regional and global markets.
"We are therefore delighted to strengthen ties with the Philippines through this MOU, which will generate new growth opportunities for our media enterprises to work with their Philippines counterparts and jointly develop compelling content and services for the world market."
Mr Bunye says: "With the signing of the MOU between the Philippines and Singapore, we hope to further broaden through the media our understanding of the workings of these two countries. This is consistent with our continued efforts of building bridges to peoples and nations."
A number of companies from both countries have indicated interest to collaborate in the areas of TV, film, games and animation.

Courtesy CNA/ch

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