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Lee Hsien Loong  Prime Minister of Singapore, and leader of @PAPSingapore. This account is maintained by the Prime Minister’s Office. Updates by Mr Lee are signed LHL.

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Happy to open an #ABCWaters project yesterday evening – Pang Sua Pond in Bukit Panjang. We started improving Sungei Pang Sua long ago, de-silting it in the 1970s, and building Pang Sua Pond in the 1990s to collect stormwater.
This ABC Waters project involved building a 480m boardwalk around and over Pang Sua Pond, and a stage for performances and activities.

Our ponds, canals, and reservoirs are beautiful and fun places for all to enjoy. But water is a serious matter in Singapore. We pour :) huge effort and resources into water projects, to build a secure water supply for Singaporeans. Let’s enjoy our ABC Waters, but never forget how important and precious water is. – LHL (MCI Photos by Terence Tan)

Here are some of the highlights of my visit to Vietnam. Look forward to returning there for the APEC summit later this year. 🇸🇬🇻🇳 – LHL (PMO Video by Alex Qiu)

Back from Vietnam! This video was taken at the Noi Bai International Airport, just before I boarded the plane. Glad to be home! :) Grateful for the warmth and hospitality shown by our Vietnamese friends over the past few days. May the friendship between Singapore and Vietnam continue to grow! – LHL (PMO Boomerang by Alex Qiu)

Economic ties between Vietnam and Singapore are strong, and we’ve made progress since our 2013 Strategic Partnership. So far for 2017, Singapore is Vietnam’s top foreign investor. The seven Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Parks (VSIPs) all across Vietnam are a good example of our longstanding economic collaboration.

Had several meetings in Hanoi yesterday. Met my host Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc and other leaders, and witnessed the signing of 5 MOUs.
I presented PM Phúc with a copy of Mr Lee Kuan Yew's memoirs. The Vietnamese translation was launched yesterday, on the second anniversary of Mr Lee's passing. I thanked the PM for his warm hospitality, and invited him to make a visit to our shores soon. 🇸🇬🇻🇳 Heading home later today! – LHL (Welcome ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi./ MCI Photos by Betty Chua)

KC Low (on my left) showed me some of the organic products he sells in his shop, 5th Element. He grows them on his farm – beetroots, bananas, and even strawberries!
He was one of the Singaporean business owners I met at VivoCity yesterday. Not the VivoCity at HarbourFront though, but in Ho Chi Minh City!
Visited SC VivoCity and Mapletree Business Centre, just two of the familiar names from home that have made their way to Vietnam. Both developments are located at Saigon South Place Complex, and reflect our strong business presence. Singapore is the top foreign investor in HCMC, and I hope to see bilateral trade and economic ties continue to grow. – LHL (MCI Photo by Betty Chua)

A busy first day in Ho Chi Minh City yesterday meeting both Vietnamese friends and Singaporeans based here. It’s been 10 years since my last visit. The city has developed tremendously, fueled by the energy and industriousness of its people.

Had a good meeting with Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Chairman Nguyễn Thành Phong at the Reunification Palace, followed by lunch, where I took this pic of the elaborate table decoration (made of pumpkin), and the traditional musicians entertaining us.

Later, we met 300 overseas Singaporeans, young and old, at a get together. Glad to see them flying the 🇸🇬 high in 🇻🇳! – LHL ([1-2] Photos by me / [3] MCI Photo by Betty Chua)

Have arrived in Ho Chi Minh City for an official visit. I was last in Vietnam in 2013, and the city is as bustling as ever!

Singapore is a good friend of Vietnam. Look forward to meeting the Chairman of the HCMC People’s Committee, Mr Nguyễn Thành Phong, and in Hanoi, President Trần Đại Quang (whom we hosted last year) and PM Nguyễn Xuân Phúc, along with other Vietnamese leaders, to explore ways to strengthen our friendship. 🇻🇳🇸🇬 Will also be meeting many Singaporeans over the next few days, both here and in Hanoi. Will update with photos soon! :) – LHL (PMO #Timelapse Video by Alex Qiu)

We cannot tell when a crisis or a terrorist attack will happen. While our security agencies are trained to detect and stop such incidents, all of us must also be prepared.
Attended an Emergency Preparedness (EP) Day in Teck Ghee today. @Singaporepoliceforce, @myscdf, and volunteers simulated a “live” exercise right in front of the market at Blk 415. Glad that residents found the exercise useful, and learnt some CPR and AED techniques at the exhibition.
The terrorists aim to divide us. We must never let that happen. We must stay close to our neighbours and friends of different races. The stronger our kampung spirit, the less chance the terrorists have.
You can watch my speech today via the link in my profile. - LHL ([1] MCI Photo by Fyrol/ [2-3] Photos by me)

We can now admire pretty cherry (sakura), peach and plum blossoms right here in tropical Singapore! More than 20 varieties of cherry blossoms have made their way to @gardensbythebay for the second year running, for the Gardens' ‘Blossom Bliss’ floral display.

When I visited last Saturday, the Flower Dome was adorned with blooming cherry blossoms in shades of pink and white set in a Japanese-inspired landscape. Glad to see the visitors enjoying the stunning blooms, many with cameras and handphones in hand. :) The floral display will be on until 24 March. Do visit the Facebook page for blossom updates if you plan to visit the Flower Dome for your next #jalanjalan ! - LHL (Photos by me)

Inter-faith understanding is crucial to maintaining peace and harmony. We enjoy such peace and harmony in Singapore, but we have to keep learning from others, especially when we see so many countries experiencing religious tensions and conflicts.
I met Shaykh Abdallah Bin Bayyah today. A renowned Islamic scholar, Shaykh bin Bayyah is here on the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS) Distinguished Visitor Programme (DVP). He is a strong advocate for multiculturalism and inter-faith understanding, and is the President of the Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies.
Shaykh bin Bayyah will be delivering the MUIS lecture entitled “Faith, Compassion and Human Dignity” tomorrow. I hope his experience promoting peace and tolerance through inter-faith dialogues will encourage many more of such acts. – LHL (MCI Photo by Fyrol)

Happy to open @sgSMU’s Kwa Geok Choo Law Library and new School of Law building this morning.
The Law Library is dedicated to my mother, who was a conveyancing lawyer for many years. The SMU Law School is ten years old this year. Its graduates are doing well, and starting to make an impact.
Hope that with the new building and library, the SMU Law School will inspire and produce more quality graduates who will contribute to Singapore, and make a difference to our lives!

You can watch my speech at the launch via the link in my profile. – LHL (MCI Photo by Betty Chua)

Snapped this black and white photo in January. #Guesswhere? – LHL (Photo by me) ------ Many of you got it right! This is the Kwa Geok Choo Law Library, named after my mother. The Singapore Management University has dedicated it in her name to honour her life and contributions to the legal profession. I was at the opening of the Library and new @sgsmu School of Law building this morning; you can see more photos in my next post.

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