NRW has been increasingly focusing on close cooperation with the ASEAN region since 2022. In order to expand this growing partnership, NRW.Global Business and the Singaporean economic development agency Enterprise Singapore have now signed a "Joint Workplan Agreement" at the NRW-ASEAN Summit in Gelsenkirchen.
The agreement focuses in particular on small and medium-sized enterprises and startups from NRW and Singapore in the fields of advanced manufacturing, renewable energies and greentech, as well as ICT/digitization. Within the framework of joint projects, they are to be supported in their respective internationalization and R&D activities and benefit mutually from networks. The initiating partners of the collaboration are the chambers of industry and commerce and the digital hubs in North Rhine-Westphalia, led by the North Westphalia Chamber of Industry and Commerce as the focal chamber for Singapore and the münsterLAND digital hub. The first partner from the ranks of the regional economic development agencies is Business Metropole Ruhr, and others are welcome.
Felix Neugart, CEO of NRW.Global Business, says: "The 'Joint Workplan Agreement' with Enterprise Singapore is a first major milestone for our collaboration and helps us to develop joint strategies for economic exchange and international networking of SMEs and startups. Singapore as an innovation hub is an optimal starting point for a powerful NRW-ASEAN connection and we plan to advance our engagement in the other ASEAN countries as well."