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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 concludes free trade negotiations with Turkey
Turkey and Singapore have concluded negotiations for the Turkey-Singapore Free Trade Agreement.
Preliminary study to enhance China-Singapore FTA underway
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong hopes negotiations for an improved Free Trade Agreement will start this year, as the existing pact has been in place for many years, and China now has trade agreements with many other countries.
Singapore signs investment treaties with Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast
Both Bilateral Investment Treaties aim to protect investors’ interests from the countries involved, and open up more business and investment opportunities.
Hungary supports EU-Singapore free trade agreement
Hungary has given its strong support for the early ratification of the European Union-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (FTA).
GCC-Singapore FTA comes into effect
The Gulf Cooperation Council-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (GSFTA) came into effect on Sunday, 1 September.
FTA to bring more opportunities for Singapore, Costa Rica
The Singapore-Costa Rica Free Trade Agreement (SCRFTA) took effect on July 1.
PM Lee on Japan FTA: ’Let’s go for ambitious review’
Singapore would like the ongoing review of its free trade agreement (FTA) with Japan to be an "ambitious review", and not one resulting in just minor adjustments, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in Tokyo on Wednesday, after meetings with its top leaders.
Taiwan, S’pore close to signing FTA
After two years of negotiations, Taiwan and Singapore may be close to signing a free trade agreement.
Singapore keen to start exploratory talks on FTA with Turkey
Singapore is keen to begin exploratory talks on a Free Trade Agreement with Turkey.
Singapore to have more access to China’s service industries
China is key to Singapore diversifying its risks in an uncertain global economy, and that is why the Republic also supports China’s intention to promote the use of the yuan in the global market, said Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean yesterday.