is the Singaporean Minister for Foreign Affairs since 2015. A member of the governing People's Action Party, he is also the Minister-in-charge of the Smart Nation Programme Office initiative.
"Singapore's technology preparedness gave the Republic "a head start" in responding to acute needs when the Covid-19 pandemic erupted earlier this year, said Minister-in-charge of the Smart Nation Initiative Vivian Balakrishnan.
"We were starting, fortunately, from a position of strength and preparation," he said in an interview with The Straits Times.
Indeed, Hong Kong-based Deep Knowledge Group's survey of 200 countries and territories released earlier this month ranked Singapore the fourth safest place in the world to live in during the Covid-19 pandemic." - The Strait Times