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June 30, 2008

Singapore, Thailand to resume joint civil service exchange
After having been suspended for about a year, a joint civil service exchange programme between Singapore and fellow Asean member Thailand will resume later in 2008, reported Singapore’s state-owned news agency Channel News Asia.

The agreement to resume the Thailand-Singapore Civil Service Exchange Programme (CSEP) came after a meeting between Singapore Foreign Affairs Minister George Yeo and his Thai counterpart in Bangkok on Sunday.

The programme, was suspended in 2007 after Thailand's military leaders took exception to critical comments from Singapore regarding the September 2006 coup, brings together senior civil servants from both countries to discuss bilateral
issues, exchange ideas and enhance co-operation.

In addition, the two countries agreed to reconvene the Singapore-Thailand Enhanced Economic Relationship meeting, which aims for greater economic co-operation in agriculture, life sciences, automotive and financial services.

"We reviewed our bilateral account. There are no problems. We talked mostly about how we can move the bilateral relationship forward. CSEP is an important programme of co-operation which should break new ground, “ said the Singaporean minister.

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