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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


Vivian Balakrishnan, Wang Yi stress importance of upholding free trade
Singapore’s Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan met his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Beijing on Sunday, with both reaffirming bilateral ties and stressing the importance of upholding free trade.
Singapore-EU to push ratification of free trade deal this year
Singapore and European Union (EU) have committed to facilitate the ratification of their trade and investment deal by the end of 2018 and push its entry into force soon thereafter.
Singapore calls on ASEAN to enhance economic integration
Singapore’s Minister for Trade and Industry (Trade) Lim Hng Kiang said on Thursday all ASEAN members must keep pursuing deeper economic integration and liberalization so that citizens can enjoy the benefits of their collective community efforts.
Singapore to sign free trade agreement with Sri Lanka
Singapore will sign a free trade agreement (FTA) with Sri Lanka this week - its 13th bilateral deal and, significantly, its first since the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) faced a setback last year when the United States withdrew from it.
Tall order as Singapore takes Asean chair: The Nation
Singapore has assumed the ASEAN 2018 chair. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has announced that his theme for the undertaking would be "Resilient and Innovative". It will be challenging for Singapore amidst multilateral trade and the Rohingya calamity in the region.
Singapore takes the hot seat: Steering Asean amid challenges
As Singapore becomes chairman of grouping, it hopes to get members to share common vision on terrorism, climate change and trade.
Singapore and Indonesia to start discussions on new bilateral investment treaty
Singapore and Indonesia are working towards a new agreement to promote investment in both countries, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced
Turkey, Singapore ratify free trade agreement in significant bilateral milestone
Turkey and Singapore have ratified a bilateral Free Trade Agreement that will enter into force on 1 October.
Turkey ratifies free trade agreement with Singapore
The trade agreement has been described as the most expansive and comprehensive free trade agreement Turkey has signed.
Singapore and Sri Lanka committed to concluding FTA talks by end-2017
Both Singapore and Sri Lanka are committed to concluding negotiations on a free trade agreement before the end of the year, Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said in Colombo.