Joint Statement by Dr Janil Puthucheary, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Transport & Ministry of Communications and Information, and Minister-in-Charge of GovTech, Singapore and Mr Andrus Ansip, Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of the Digital Single Market following their bilateral meeting during the Tallinn Digital Summit 16 October 2018:

We agreed to create a joint task force to develop voluntary cooperation between the EU and Singapore on interoperability frameworks for electronic ID and trust services such as e-signatures.

Online trust is essential for citizens and businesses. We believe that governments need to provide secure frameworks for digital IDs and electronic trust services – essentially "identity as a public service". We believe this logic applies cross-border too.

We want this task force to develop, by early 2019, a Joint Roadmap towards an interoperability framework. The task force should also prepare joint pilots which are mutually beneficial, for instance in trade cooperation or academic exchanges.