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Singapore, New Zealand discuss mutual recognition of vaccine certificates

Singapore and New Zealand are in talks to reach an agreement on mutual recognition of both countries’ digital health and Covid-19 vaccination certificates.

The announcement was made by Singapore minister for foreign affairs Vivian Balakrishnan in a Facebook post on Thursday (March 18), following a virtual meeting with his New Zealand counterpart Nanaia Mahuta.

Balakrishnan said that the plan comes as both countries embark on their respective Covid-19 vaccination programmes, and that such certificates will be “an important enabler for the resumption of international travel”.

He added that he and Mahuta reaffirmed the close ties between Singapore and New Zealand, noting that both countries enjoy “close cooperation in many areas”. Additionally, both ministers also agreed to work towards strengthening the Enhanced Partnership established in 2019, and to explore new and emerging areas of cooperation such as the digital economy, climate change and post-Covid-19 recovery.

source: TTG Asia

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