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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 and Argentina to boost economic ties
Singapore and Argentina Prime Ministers welcomed the progress made on negotiations for a bilateral investment treaty and said they expect to conclude talks by the first half of next year.
China and Singapore have concluded talks on upgrade of FTA: MTI
Both countries are working towards the signing of the upgrade protocol later this year, Singapore’s Ministry of Trade and Industry said.
China-Singapore FTA upgrade likely to be inked this month: Chan Chun Sing
The upgrade of the free trade agreement between Singapore and China, which has been three years in the making, will likely be signed by both sides later this month in Singapore.
PM Lee Hsien Loong to visit Austria, Belgium, and sign EU-Singapore FTA
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong arrives in Austria on Wednesday (Oct 17) for an official visit, and will travel on to Belgium for a biennial summit of leaders from Asia and Europe.
Sri Lanka to review Singapore FTA annually
A Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement with Singapore can be reviewed annually, and the government will set up an independent commission to do so, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said as activists and opposition politicians protest fearing that the deal may lower prices to consumers and give less easy profits to businessmen.
Expert Committee appointed to review Singapore-Sri Lanka FTA calls for public opinions
The Expert Committee appointed by the President Maithripala Sirisena to study the Singapore-Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement has decided to gather views from organizations and the public.
Singapore, South America customs union Mercosur launch free trade negotiations
Singapore and the South American customs union Mercosur have started negotiations for a free trade agreement.
Singapore deepens ties with Kenya, Rwanda
Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam meets their govt leaders, discusses ways to boost cooperation in various areas.
Singapore, Kenya ink two pacts to boost investment flows
Singapore and Kenya signed two agreements yesterday, a Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) and an Agreement for the Avoidance of Double Taxation (DTA), to promote greater investment flows.
Singapore, India to cut tariffs on 30 more products after trade pact review
Singapore and India will reduce or remove tariffs on a further 30 products, improve rules of origin and facilitate mutual recognition of nursing standards following the second review of the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) between the two countries.