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

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