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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-Panama FTA on track for progress
Singapore’s plans to sign a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Panama remain on track.
OIC edges towards free trade area
Muslim nations moved closer to forming a free trade area (FTA) on Monday, with plans to adopt tariff-cutting steps by end-2005 to bridge a gap between oil-rich and poor members of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference.
Singapore and Pakistan to start FTA talks next month
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has said that Singapore and Pakistan will begin negotiations next month on a bilateral Free Trade Agreement.
Saudi Arabia, Singapore to promote bilateral trade and investments
Saudi Arabia intends to sign an Investment Guarantee Agreement with Singapore.
Singapore, South African Customs Union to discuss FTA
Singapore and the South African Customs Union will begin talks on a free trade agreement later this year.
Singapore, Kuwait discussing Investment Chapter as part of FTA
Singapore and Kuwait are discussing an Investment Chapter as part of the free trade agreement that’s currently being negotiated between the two countries.
South Korea, Singapore initial free trade accord
Negotiators from South Korea and Singapore have initialed a free trade agreement which will likely take effect in the second half of this year, the South Korean foreign ministry said.
Singapore and Panama hope to sign FTA later this year
Singapore and Panama have successfully concluded negotiations for a free trade agreement which both countries hope to sign later this year.
India-Singapore FTA to be ready in weeks
A Free Trade Agreement between India and Singapore should be ready during the next couple of weeks, India’s finance minister said Monday.
Singapore, UAE ink economic cooperation pact, eye FTA
Singapore and the United Arab Emirates signed Friday an economic, trade and technical cooperation pact that could lead to the launch of negotiations for a free trade deal between the two countries, Singapore’s Trade and Industry Ministry said Friday.