As small island states, Singapore and the Pacific Island countries share warm and friendly relations which are underpinned by strong political goodwill. To date, Singapore has established diplomatic relations with Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, the Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu, Tuvalu and Timor-Leste. Singapore is represented in Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste, Fiji and the Pacific Islands Forum by Non-Resident Ambassadors.
Singapore has worked with Timor-Leste and the Pacific Island countries in the area of technical cooperation 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. Close to 4000 officials from the region have participated in training courses organized under the SCP since 1992.