Bilateral relations between Singapore and the Pacific Island countries are warm and friendly, underpinned by strong political goodwill. Singapore has established diplomatic relations with Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Niue, the Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu, Tuvalu and Timor-Leste. Singapore has representation in Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste, Fiji and the Pacific Islands Forum through Non-Resident Ambassadors.
Our top trading partners in the South Pacific are Fiji, the Marshall Islands and Papua New Guinea. Besides trade and investments, cooperation with the Pacific Islands also takes place under the auspices of the Singapore Cooperation Programme (SCP). The SCP provides technical assistance which focuses on training and enhancing the skills of participants in various fields such as civil aviation, port management and civil service matters. As of October 2012, over 3500 officials from the Pacific Island countries have received training in Singapore under the Singapore Cooperation Programme.