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Singapore

The Singaporean government has taken on a very active programme of FTA negotiations, further deepening its position as a business hub of Southeast Asia. It has signed bilateral deals with New Zealand (2000), Japan (2002), EFTA (2002), Australia (2003), the US (2003), Jordan (2004), the quadrilateral Pacific 4 (2005), India (2005), Korea (2005), Panama (2006), Peru (2008), China (2008), Qatar (2008), the Gulf Cooperation Council (2008) and Costa Rica (2010). Negotiations with Mexico, Canada, Colombia, SACU, Egypt, Ukraine, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are ongoing. There has been talk of further FTAs with Iran and Morocco.

Additionally, Singapore is part of the ASEAN bloc which is currently working towards an FTA with the EU, India, and Australia/New Zealand, as well as full implementation of the deal with China.

last update: May 2012


Singapore concludes talks on digital trade agreement with Chile, New Zealand
Singapore, Chile and New Zealand concluded talks on an agreement over a common set of rules, standards and guidelines for global digital trade and commerce.
Protectionism is not best way to ensure prosperity of all: Singaporean minister
Protectionism and import substitutions are not the best ways to ensure the prosperity of all, especially the poorest of the poor, but keeping the economy open to the world is, senior Singaporean minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam has said.
Dumping by China? Singapore imports surge under the scanner
This level of annual spike in imports from Singapore has been unheard of despite the existence of the FTA for around 14 years now.
Singapore and Mexico affirm growing ties, sign raft of new agreements
Singapore and Mexico signed a series of new cooperation agreements that underscored the multi-faceted nature of ties between the two countries, and pledged to conclude a regionwide trade deal by this year.
Singapore firms in Myanmar to get better protection under new bilateral treaty
The Bilateral Investment Treaty on the Promotion and Protection of Investments between Singapore and Myanmar aims to promote greater investment flows between the two countries.
Singapore and New Zealand to step up cooperation in trade, defence and research
Singapore and New Zealand on Friday signed a joint declaration to step up cooperation in four strategic areas, Among them is the upgraded Agreement between New Zealand and Singapore on a Closer Economic Partnership (ANZSCEP).
Singapore, China ink deals on trade, Belt and Road projects
Singapore and China signed five agreements, drawing closer in their collaboration on trade, law enforcement and projects under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)
Singapore free trade deal gets green light in Trade Committee
Trade Committee MEPs agreed to the EU-Singapore free trade agreement, a stepping stone to cooperation between the EU and south-east Asia.
Singapore making good progress on concluding FTA with Eurasian Economic Union: Tharman
Singapore, Russia and their partners in the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) are making progress on concluding the EAEU-Singapore Free Trade
SLSFTA’s effective date should be delayed: Bandula
The effective date of the Sri Lanka – Singapore Free Trade Agreement should be postponed to ensure the removal of any detrimental clauses.