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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, China to launch talks for bilateral FTA
Singapore and China will start negotiations for a bilateral Free Trade Agreement (FTA).
S’pore-Australia FTA can be updated to ’gold standard’: PM Lee
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has said that the Singapore-Australia Free Trade Agreement could be updated to become a "gold standard FTA".
Singapore and Peru conclude second round of negotiations for FTA
Singapore and Peru have concluded their second round of negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement.
Singapore urges EU to forge trade deal
Singapore on Tuesday urged the European Union to negotiate a free trade agreement to strengthen their trade and investment ties.
Singapore, Pakistan complete third round of free trade talks
Singapore and Pakistan on Friday completed a third round of negotiations for a free trade agreement (FTA), the trade ministry said.
2006 SME survey to address overseas competition, FTAs
SINGAPORE: This year’s SME development survey will take on a different focus. The annual study will delve deeper into concerns among Singapore’s small- and medium-sized enterprises which are related to increasing competition overseas and the impact of free trade pacts.
Singapore, Panama sign free trade deal
Panama and Singapore signed a free trade agreement Wednesday that will allow companies in both countries greater access to each other’s markets, as well as enhance collaboration in areas such as investment promotion and science and technology.
Singapore, South Korea FTA takes effect Thursday
Three-quarters of Singapore’s domestic exports to South Korea will enjoy tariff elimination from Thursday.
Singapore and Panama to sign FTA on March 1
Singapore and Panama will sign a free trade agreement on Wednesday.
Trade agreements key strategy for Singapore
Singapore’s attitude toward free-trade agreements makes a sharp contrast with other countries in the region, such as Thailand: where Thailand has seen controversy over its proposed FTA with the United States, Singapore only seems to become more eager with time when it comes to inking FTAs with the rest of the world.