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UK and Singapore sign cyber security pact

The UK and Singapore have agreed to work together on security issues including cyber security.30 Jul 2015

The UK and Singapore will "double the amount we spend together" to protect businesses and infrastructure from cyber attacks, UK prime minister David Cameron said, in a joint press conference with Lee Hsien Loong, prime minister of Singapore.

Cameron and Lee said that funding will increase from £1.2 million to £2.4 million over the next three years, IB Times reported.

The two country's emergency response teams will work together, Cameron said, and online competitions and learning programmes will be developed to train "the cyber professionals of the future", he said.  

The UK will also provide assistance to the Singaporean navy to improve maritime security, Cameron said.

"With 15% of all UK shipping passing through the Malacca and Singapore Straits, it is in our national interest to work with Singapore on this," Cameron said.

Cameron is in Indonesia on a four-day tour of Asia, travelling with 31 UK companies looking for business opportunities in the region.

Cameron expects the group to sign trade deals worth over £750 million on the trip, the government said.

The UK has also urged the EU and the Association of Southeast Asian nations (ASEAN) to "jump start" talks on a free trade area that could be worth £3 billion the UK economy.