The Singaporean government will provide training programme for the Mekong Delta provinces of Can Tho and Kien Giang under the Singapore Cooperation Programme (SCP), said Pong Kok Tian, Singaporean Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City.

Apart from English courses at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, the SCP also provides courses in economic development, trade and tourism promotion, urban and environment development, public heath, solutions to emergency and disaster, civil aviation, road, transport and port management.

Initiated by the Singaporean government in 1992, the programme aims to support vocational training for developing countries worldwide. In the ASEAN bloc, Vietnam is one of the largest partners of Singapore with over 300 students in Ho Chi Minh alone.

At a meeting with former students in the city on Jan. 21, Pong Kok Tian said that Ho Chi Minh City would experience an increase in the number of students as the programme would last for the next three years.

Dr. Nguyen Thanh Rum, director of the municipal Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism and chairman of the Vietnam-Singapore Friendship Association affirmed that thousands of Vietnamese students have made remarkable contributions to the country’s socio-economic development in their return as well as strengthening friendly relations between the two countries,/.