Singapore's Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew discussed his country's cooperation with the European Common Market during his visit to Brussels on Thursday (14 June).
Singapore's Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew discussed his country's cooperation with the European Common Market during his visit to Brussels on Thursday (14 June). Premier Lee is on a ten-day European tour. His schedule includes talks with West German Chancellor Helmet Schmidt and British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher. One purpose of his trip is to express concern on behalf of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) about increasing trade protectionism in the industrialized nations.
SYNOPSIS: Premier Lee's visit to the European Economic Commission headquarters in Brussels was the second stop of his tour - he had already met with Chancellor Schmidt in West Germany.
The Singapore Prime Minister was received at the EEC by the Commissioner for Industry, Etienne Davignon.
He discussed with Mr. Davignon, the criteria for trade with the EEC. Singapore may be forced to abandon the European market for its textile sales, due to the Common Market's protectionist policies. Mr. Lee wants to learn how Singapore can adapt its economic initiatives to Common Market policies so that more Singapore goods can be exported to Europe. After his talks with Mr. Davignon, Prime Minister Lee was due to visit Luxembourg before heading to Britain for talks with Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher.