The European Union and Asia are a world apart, but we have never been closer. This proximity concerns the most crucial aspects of our existence: The health of our citizens, severely affected by COVID-19. The health of our economy, which has taken a hit because of the pandemic. And of course, the health of our planet, on which our very lives depend. We must address these issues together.
The 13th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM13) was held on 25-26 November 2021 via videoconference. It was attended by the Heads of State/Government, high-level representatives and participants of ASEM countries from Asia and Europe, the President of the European Council, the President of the European Commission, and the Secretary-General of ASEAN. The Summit was hosted by the Kingdom of Cambodia and chaired by Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia.
During the 13th Asia-Europe (ASEM) Summit on 25-26 November which took place in virtual format from Phnom Penh, Cambodia, leaders reaffirmed their shared partnership and engagement in the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The EU is the world’s leading producer of vehicles, with about 20% of global vehicle production or over 18 million vehicles originating in the block in 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the output heavily. The EU is also a front-runner when it comes to research and development in the sector, providing new and cleaner technologies and smart solutions for transport. While Singapore is a relatively small market in terms of vehicles sales, it can play a significant role as standard-setting jurisdiction, and sets an example for the ASEAN as a region. With Singapore’s recent announcement to limit new registrations of diesel fuelled vehicles and to foster more reliance on new technologies, there is an increased scope for bilateral cooperation in this area as both partners face the challenges of clean mobility in the 21st century.
The European Commission and Enterprise Singapore (ESG) held the inaugural EU-Singapore Cluster Matchmaking Event on 11 and 12 November. The event connected, for the first time, more than 100 representatives from European Union industry clusters and Singapore Trade Associations and Chambers (TACs).