bilaterals.org logo
bilaterals.org logo

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
Photo: tobiwei/CC BY-NC 2.0


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.
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.