On the morning of May 26, Mr. Heng Swee Keat, Singapore's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, visited CELAP and delivered a key-note speech entitled “Governance in an Era of Change”. Prof. Cao Wenze, Executive Vice President of CELAP, met with Mr. Heng and delivered a welcome speech.
In his speech, Mr. Heng Swee Keat shared views on the three structural changes deeply affecting the whole world and people’s wellbeing today: weakening support for globalization in many parts of the world, rapid scientific and technological advances and an aging population. He further argued that to address these changes, world leaders had to put people first, forge common social values and lead by example. He proposed three governance guidelines for governments to achieve people-oriented development: seeking changes; making long-term planning, and pursuing international cooperation. Recognizing that China and the US, the world’s two largest countries, play a pivotal role in shaping the world order, he expressed his wish for the two nations to build a constructive cooperative competition relationship where they can cooperate and compete on a mutually beneficial way. Noting that the long-standing amicable Singapore-China relations had been built on a high level of mutual trust, he expressed the expectation for the two countries to carry out more win-win joint projects to further strengthen bilateral ties and add to the wellbeing of the two peoples.
Prof. Cao extended his warm welcome to the visiting delegation headed by Mr. Heng. In his welcome speech, he briefed them on the Academy’s missions and programs, and the effectiveness of the academy’s cooperative programs with its Singaporean partner institutions. He shared his take and views on a number of initiatives launched by the Shanghai Municipal People’s Government, including turning Shanghai into a world center for conferences, and providing unified online public service. Underlining CELAP’s geographic advantages in Shanghai and its legacy as a CPC executive training institution, he said that the academy’s mission was to build the administrative and governance capacity of government leaders by offering quality training programs that are based on case studies, current with the latest world trends and aligned with the country’s needs in a constructive way. He said that Mr. Heng’s visit would go a long way towards increasing mutual trust and cooperation between the two nations. He looked forward to continuing to work with Singaporean partners in fields of strategic importance, to create a better future for both countries.