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Overview

Singapore enjoys good relations with the countries in Europe. Aside from regular exchanges between our leaders, ministers, parliamentarians, and officials, our network of resident embassies and high commissions, non-resident ambassadors and honorary consuls-general helps us maintain and strengthen links with these countries. Singapore cooperates closely with the European Union (EU) and individual EU member states in a wide range of sectors. In recent years, Singapore has also expanded contacts and deepened relations with emerging economies in Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and the Black Sea regions.

Building on their strong economic links, Singapore and the EU signed the landmark EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (EUSFTA), EU-Singapore Investment Protection Agreement and the EU-Singapore Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (ESPCA) in October 2018. The Agreements were approved by the European Parliament (EP) in February 2019. The EUSFTA will enter into force after both sides complete their internal procedures while the EUSIPA and ESPCA will have to be further ratified by the regional and national parliaments of all EU Member States.

These agreements will facilitate deeper engagement of the EU and broaden our cooperation. Singapore is also a hub for European business in the Asia-Pacific region. There are more than 14,000 European companies in Singapore, many of which use Singapore as their regional headquarters, logistics and distribution centres for the region.

To open up opportunities in emerging markets, Singapore also signed the Turkey-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (TRSFTA) in November 2015, and is currently negotiating a Free Trade Agreement with the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) which comprises Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia. These agreements will bolster Singapore’s network of free trade agreements and benefit companies from both sides.

Academic and student exchanges between Singapore and Europe are active, as are collaborations and exchanges among the museums of Singapore and Europe. Singapore also hosts a large community of Europeans, and many European cultural institutions are also well-represented in Singapore.

Some examples of major agreements and events are as follows:

Major Agreements

  • EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement, EU-Singapore Investment Protection Agreement and EU-Singapore Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (signed on the sidelines of the 12th Asia-Europe Meeting Summit in October 2018 and approved by the European Parliament in February 2019)
  • France-Singapore Joint Declaration on Innovation (issued by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and then-French President François Hollande during President Hollande’s State Visit to Singapore in March 2017), designating 2018 as the France-Singapore Year of Innovation
  • Turkey-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (signed on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Antalya on 14 November 2015 and came into force on 1 October 2017)
  • Singapore-Turkey Joint Declaration on a Strategic Partnership (signed during Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s Official Visit to Turkey in October 2014)
  • Singapore-Switzerland Declaration of Enhanced Partnership (signed during President Tony Tan Keng Yam’s Official Visit in May 2014)
  • France-Singapore Joint Declaration on Strategic Partnership (signed during French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault's Official Visit on 18 October 2012)
  • Agreement on the Establishment of a High-Level Russia-Singapore Inter-Governmental Commission between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Singapore (signed at the first IGC in Singapore on 27 September 2010)
  • Update to the Germany-Singapore Enhanced Partnership entitled "Singapore and Germany: The Way Ahead" (signed during Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s Official Visit to Germany in December 2005)

Events and Exhibitions

  • The Singapore-France Year of Innovation in 2018 was a flagship bilateral project that put innovation, a key pillar for both countries as their economies transform at the heart of the bilateral Strategic Partnership.
  • The National Heritage Board worked with the British Museum to bring in the Treasures of the World exhibition to the National Museum Singapore from December 2015 to July 2016.
  • The Arctic Circle and Singapore Maritime Institute, with support of the Singapore Government, convened the Arctic Circle Singapore Forum on 12 November 2015.
  • National Gallery Singapore (NGS) and France’s Centre Pompidou collaborated to present “Reframing Modernity”, NGS’ first major exhibition collaboration from March to July 2016. 
  • The Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) worked with the Italian Cultural Institute in Singapore to loan three important paintings for ACM’s “Christianity in Asia” exhibition which opened in May 2016. ACM also borrowed works of art from the Church of the Gesù.

ARCTIC COUNCIL

OVERVIEW

In May 2013, Singapore was admitted as an observer to the Arctic Council (AC). The AC, established in 1996, is a high-level governmental forum for discussing political, economic, environmental and scientific issues concerning the governments and inhabitants of the Arctic region. Our admission has provided a new dimension for our relations with AC Member States, namely Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the United States.

Our interests in the Arctic include: the protection of the Arctic environment; the development of a safe Arctic region; the economic advancement of the Arctic; the development of human capital in the Arctic; and climate change. As a low-lying island nation, Singapore is especially vulnerable to rising sea levels due to the melting of Arctic ice. In line with these objectives, Singapore has sought to identify areas of convergence between its capabilities and the work of the AC. Singapore participates in a range of Arctic-related fora and also closely engage the indigenous peoples in the Arctic.

Recent Highlights

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Visits to Singapore

  • First Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Igor Shuvalov visited on 25 November and co-chaired the Seventh Session of the High-Level Russia-Singapore Inter-Governmental Commission (IGC7) with Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam.
  • Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte visited on 24 November.
  • Prime Minister of Luxembourg Xavier Bettel visited from 14 to 15 November.
  • Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine of Ireland Michael Creed visited on 10 September.
  • Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Economy and Trade and Minister of Defence of Luxembourg Étienne Schneider visited from 30 August to 1 September.
  • Members of Parliament from the Christian Democratic Union’s (CDU) and Christian Social Union’s (CSU) Junge Gruppe (Young Group) of Germany visited from 16 to 18 August.
  • President of Switzerland Johann N. Schneider-Ammann made a State Visit from 11 to 13 July.
  • Lord Mayor of Hamburg, Germany Olaf Scholz visited from 10 to 13 July.
  • Minister for Environment and Food of Denmark Esben Lunde Larsen visited from 8 to 12 July for the Singapore International Water Week.
  • Minister for Public Finance of Romania Anca Dana Dragu visited on 20 June.
  • Minister of Defence of France Jean-Yves Le Drian visited from 3 to 5 June for the 15th Shangri-La Dialogue.
  • Federal Councillor for Defence, Civil Protection and Sports of Switzerland Guy Parmelin visited from 3 to 5 June for the 15th Shangri-La Dialogue.
  • Minister of Defence of Italy Roberta Pinotti visited from 3 to 5 June for the 15th Shangri-La Dialogue.
  • Secretary of State for Defence of the United Kingdom Michael Fallon visited from 3 to 5 June for the 15th Shangri-La Dialogue.
  • Minister of National Defence of Turkey Fikri Işık visited from 3 to 4 June for the 15th Shangri-La Dialogue.
  • Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey İsmail Kahraman visited from 11 to 13 May.
  • Minister-President of the German State of Saxony and President of the Federal Council of Germany Stanislaw Tillich visited from 28 to 30 April.
  • Minister for Environment and Food of Denmark Esben Lunde Larsen visited on 13 April.
  • Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg made an Official Visit from 12 to 14 April.
  • Chairperson of the Federation Council of Russia Valentina Matvienko visited from 16 to 17 March.
  • Mayor of Istanbul, Turkey Kadir Topbaş visited from 18 to 19 February.

Visits to Europe

  • President Tony Tan Keng Yam made a State Visit to Norway from 9 to 14 October.
  • Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam visited France from 9 to 12 October.
  • Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean attended the 19th Meeting of the TOTAL International Advisory Committee in Paris, France from 5 to 8 October.
  • Minister (Foreign Affairs) Dr Vivian Balakrishnan made an Official Visit to Turkey from 5 to 6 October.
  • Senior Minister of State, Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Transport, Josephine Teo visited Vienna, Austria from 29 September to 3 October.
  • Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong attended the 11th Asia-Europe Meeting Summit in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia from 15 to 16 July.
  • Minister (Industry) S Iswaran visited Germany from 4 to 8 July.
  • President Tony Tan Keng Yam attended the 66th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Lindau, Germany from 23 to 27 June.
  • President Tony Tan Keng Yam made a State Visit to Italy and the Holy See from 22 to 29 May.
  • Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong made a working visit to Moscow, Russia from 17 to 20 May and attended the ASEAN-Russia Commemorative Summit in Sochi.
  • Minister (Prime Minister’s Office) Chan Chun Sing visited Switzerland from 10 to 12 May.
  • Minister (Finance) Heng Swee Keat visited Germany from 2 to 5 May to attend the Asian Development Bank Annual Meeting.
  • Minister (Defence) Dr Ng Eng Hen visited Russia from 26 to 28 April to attend the 5th Moscow Conference on International Security.
  • Senior Minister of State, Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Transport, Josephine Teo made a study visit to Denmark from 16 – 19 March.
  • Acting Minister (Higher Education and Skills) and Second Minister (Defence) Ong Ye Kung visited Switzerland and Germany from 23 to 26 February.
  • Minister (Defence) Dr Ng Eng Hen visited Germany from 12 to 14 February to attend the 52nd Munich Security Conference.
  • Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam made a working visit to the United Kingdom and attended the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Switzerland from 16 to 25 January.

Visits to Singapore

  • Prime Minister of Denmark Lars Løkke Rasmussen made an Official Visit on 30 November.
  • Minister for Foreign Affairs of Greece Nikos Kotzias made an Official Visit on 29 November.
  • Queen Máxima of the Netherlands attended the Singapore FinTech Festival on 17 November.
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevicius visited from 14 to 16 November.
  • First Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus Vasily Matyushevsky visited from 12 to 15 November.
  • Federal President of Germany Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier made a State Visit from 2 to 3 November.
  • The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall of the United Kingdom made an Official Visit from 30 October to 2 November.
  • Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orbán made his first Official Visit from 26 to 27 September.
  • Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Enterprise and Innovation of Ireland Frances Fitzgerald visited from 25 to 26 September.
  • Vice-President of Parliament of Estonia Taavi Roivas visited from 22 to 27 September.
  • Minister of Internal Affairs of Russia Vladimir Kolokoltsev attended the 37th ASEAN National Police (ASEANAPOL) Conference on 13 September.
  • Prime Minister of Turkey Binali Yıldırım made his first Official Visit from 20 to 22 August. 
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway Børge Brende visited from 4 to 5 July.
  • Minister for Open Government Affairs of Russia Mikhail Abyzhov led a delegation of senior officials for a study visit from 1 to 5 May.
  • Federal Councillor and Head of the Federal Department for Finance of Switzerland Ueli Maurer visited from 17 to 18 April.
  • President of France Francois Hollande made a State Visit from 26 to 27 March.
  • Minister for Finance of Luxembourg Pierre Gramegna visited from 10 – 11 March.
  • Chairman of the Eurasian Economic Commission Tigran Sargsyan visited from 16 to 18 February.
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kosovo Enver Hoxhaj made an Official Visit from 22 to 23 January.
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin made an Official Visit on 16 January.

Visits to Europe

  • Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr Mohamad Maliki Osman made a working visit to Bern and Zurich, Switzerland from 17 to 19 December.
  • Minister (Prime Minister’s Office) and Second Minister (Home Affairs)(Manpower) Josephine Teo attended the inaugural One Planet Summit in Paris, France as Special Envoy of the Prime Minister on 12 December.
  • Minister (Prime Minister’s Office) and Second Minister (Home Affairs)(Manpower) Josephine Teo attended Milipol Paris in Paris, France from 21 to 24 November.
  • Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam attended the Rendez-vous de Bercy conference in Paris, France on 21 November.
  • Minister (Culture, Community and Youth) Grace Fu attended the 39th session of the UNESCO General Conference in Paris, France on 14 November.
  • Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Minister (Prime Minister’s Office) and Second Minister (Home Affairs)(Manpower) Josephine Teo, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Law and Ministry of Finance Indranee Rajah and Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry Dr Koh Poh Koon visited Moscow, Russia for the Eighth Session of the High-Level Russia-Singapore Inter-Governmental Commission (IGC8) on 17 October 2018.
  • Minister of State, Prime Minister's Office, Ministry of Manpower, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sam Tan made a working visit to Helsinki and Rovaniemi, Finland from 19 to 22 September.
  • Minister (Industry) S Iswaran attended the International Energy Agency Ministerial in Paris, France from 6 to 9 September.
  • Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam attended the Ambrosetti Villa d’Este Forum in Como, Italy from 1 to 3 September.
  • Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam attended the Rencontres Economiques d’Aix-en-Provence Economic Forum in Aix-en-Provence, France from 7 to 9 July.
  • Minister (Higher Education and Skills) and Second Minister (Defence) Ong Ye Kung attended the Paris Air Show in Paris, France from 23 to 26 June.
  • President Tony Tan Keng Yam made a State Visit to Poland and the Czech Republic from 21 to 27 May.
  • Minister (Culture, Community and Youth) Grace Fu visited Venice, Italy from 10 to 11 May to officiate the opening of the Singapore Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.
  • Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dr Mohamad Maliki Osman attended the 6th Moscow Conference on International Security from 26 to 27 April.
  • Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam made a SkillsFuture Study Visit to Denmark from 17 to 22 March.
  • Senior Minister of State, Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Transport, Josephine Teo visited the Netherlands for a maritime study visit on 7 February.
  • Minister of State, Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Manpower, Sam Tan visited Trondheim, Norway from 6 to 7 February for the 21st Saami Conference.
  • Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam visited Germany, Belgium and the United Kingdom from 23 to 30 January.
  • Minister (Foreign Affairs) Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, and Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth and Ministry of Trade & Industry Sim Ann, attended the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, from 17 to 20 January.

Visits to Singapore

  • Minister of Social Affairs and Health of Finland Pirkko Mattila visited from 26 to 27 November to attend the Ministerial Conference on Diabetes.
  • President of Russia Vladimir Putin made a State Visit from 13 to 14 November in conjunction with his attendance at the 3rd ASEAN-Russia Summit and 13th East Asia Summit from 14 to 15 November.
  • Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific of the United Kingdom Mark Field visited from 7 to 8 November to speak at the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA) and Chatham House UK-ASEAN Dialogue.
  • Vice Prime Minister for Romania’s Strategic Partnerships of Romania Ana Birchall attended the Bloomberg New Economy Forum from 6 to 7 November.
  • Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia George Kobulia attended the Bloomberg New Economy Forum from 6 to 7 November.
  • Minister of Interior of Ukraine Arsen Avakov visited from 28 to 31 October.
  • Minister of Defence of Russia Sergei Shoigu attended the 5th ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting-Plus from 19 to 20 October.
  • Minister of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation of Poland Marek Grobarczyk visited from 9 to 12 October in conjunction with the berthing of Polish sailing ship “Dar Młodzieży”.
  • European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation Carlos Moedas visited on 21 September.
  • Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Maxim Akimov attended the Ninth Session of the High-Level Russia-Singapore Inter-Governmental Commission (IGC9) and the Russia-Singapore Business Forum 2018 from 19 to 20 September.
  • Secretary of State for Digital Affairs of France Mounir Mahjoubi visited from 17 to 19 September to attend the Singapore Week of Innovation and Technology (SWITCH).
  • Minister for Industry, Business and Financial Affairs of Denmark Rasmus Jarlov visited from 8 to 11 September.
  • Secretary of State for the Home Department of the United Kingdom Sajid Javid visited on 31 August.
  • Federal Chancellor of Austria Sebastian Kurz made an Official Visit from 29 to 31 August.
  • Secretary of State for the International Trade Department of the United Kingdom Liam Fox visited from 27 to 28 August.
  • Members of Parliament from the Social Democratic Party “Youngsters Group” of Germany visited from 13 to 15 August.
  • High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini attended the 51st ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and Related Meetings from 3 to 5 August.
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu attended the 51st ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and Related Meetings in Singapore from 1 to 3 August.
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov attended the 51st ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and Related Meetings in Singapore from 31 July to 2 August.
  • Minister for Economic Development of Poland Jerzy Kwieciński attended the World Cities’ Summit from 8 to 11 July.
  • The Duke of York of the United Kingdom Prince Andrew visited from 2 to 7 June 2018 to attend InnovFest Unbound, the anchor event of IMDA’s annual Smart Nation Innovations Week.
  • Minister of the Armed Forces of France Florence Parly attended the 17th Shangri-La Dialogue from 2 to 3 June.
  • Secretary of State for Defence of the United Kingdom Gavin Williamson attended the 17th Shangri-La Dialogue from 2 to 3 June.
  • Federal Councillor and Head of the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport of Switzerland Guy Parmelin attended the 17th Shangri-La Dialogue from 1 to 3 June.
  • Vice Prime Minister for Romania’s Strategic Partnerships of Romania Ana Birchall visited from 30 May to 4 June in conjunction with the 17th Shangri-La Dialogue.
  • Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Culture and National Heritage of Poland Piotr Gliński visited from 16 to 19 May 2018 in conjunction with the commencement of direct Singapore-Warsaw flights by LOT Polish Airlines.
  • Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands visited as the Guest of Honour at the 4th ADB/DutchChamb Winsemius Awards Gala from 16 to 17 May.
  • Minister for Environment and Climate of Norway Ola Elvestuen attended the ASEM Maritime Conference on “Green Shipping. Blue Business. Moving Forward Together” from 26 to 27 April.
  • Minister of Fisheries of Norway Per Sandberg attended the Norway-Asia Business Summit 2018 in Singapore from 16 to 18 April.
  • European Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström attended the ASEAN Economic Ministers – EU Trade Commissioner Consultations from 2 to 3 March.
  • Minister of Mobility and Public Works for the Brussels Capital Region of Brussels Pascal Smet visited from 13 to 18 February to attend the Singapore Airshow 2018.
  • Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) from the Friends of Singapore Group visited from 11 to 14 February.
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy Angelino Alfano visited on 8 February.
  • Minister of Transport of Russia Maksim Sokolov attended the Singapore Airshow and Aviation Leadership Summit 2018 from 2 to 4 February.
  • Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation of France Frédérique Vidal attended the Global Young Scientists Summit and inaugurated the 2018 France-Singapore Year of Innovation from 21 to 23 January.
  • Minister of Agriculture and Forestry of Finland Jari Leppä visited from 10 – 12 January with a business delegation.

Visits to Europe

  • Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean co-officiated the closing event of the 2018 France-Singapore Year of Innovation in Paris and attended the 22nd meeting of the TOTAL International Advisory Committee in Paris, France from 4 to 7 December.
  • President Halimah Yacob made a State Visit to the Netherlands from 20 to 24 November.
  • Minister of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Social and Family Development, Sam Tan attended the 2nd Arctic Science Ministerial in Berlin, Germany from 25 to 26 October.
  • Minister of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Social and Family Development, Sam Tan attended 6th Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavik, Iceland from 19 to 21 October.
  • Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam visited Denmark and Finland to speak at the Partnering for Growth Summit and for bilateral meetings respectively from 18 to 21 October.
  • Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong attended the 12th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit from 18 to 19 October and participated in the ASEAN-EU Leaders Meeting on 19 October in Brussels, Belgium.
  • Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong made an Official Visit to Vienna, Austria, on 17 October.
  • Minister of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Social and Family Development, Sam Tan attended the 13th Arctic Parliamentary Conference in Inari, Finland from 16 to 20 September.
  • Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam made a working visit to the United Kingdom from 3 to 4 September.
  • Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Defence Dr Mohamad Maliki Osman made working visits to Vienna, Austria and Bucharest, Romania from 15 to 20 July.
  • Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong made an Official Visit to France at the invitation of French President Emmanuel Macron as Guest-of-Honour at the Bastille Day Celebrations from 13 to 15 July.
  • Minister (Transport) Khaw Boon Wan attended the World Maritime Day Parallel Event in Szczecin, Poland from 12 to 18 June.
  • Minister (Education) Ong Ye Kung attended the 3rd International Congress on Vocational and Professional Education and Training in Winterthur, Switzerland from 6 to 8 June.
  • Minister (Communications & Information) and Minister-in-charge of Trade Relations S Iswaran attended the VivaTech Forum in Paris, France from 24 to 26 May.
  • Minister (National Development) Lawrence Wong attended the 48th St Gallen Symposium in St Gallen, Switzerland from 2 to 4 May.
  • Minister (Home Affairs)(Law) K Shanmugam attended the Paris Conference on Terrorism Financing in Paris, France on 26 April.
  • Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Minister (Foreign Affairs) Dr Vivian Balakrishnan visited London, United Kingdom from 19 to 20 April to attend the 25th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).
  • Minister (Environment and Water Resources) Masagos Zulkifli made working visits to Brussels, Belgium and Warsaw, Poland, from 8 to 13 April.
  • Minister (Higher Education and Skills) and Second Minister (Defence) Ong Ye Kung attended the 7th Moscow Conference on International Security from 3 to 5 April.
  • Minister (Culture, Community and Youth) Grace Fu made a study visit to the Netherlands on 29 March.
  • Minister of State, Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Manpower, Sam Tan attended the World Reindeer Herders’ Day in Salekhard, Russia from 24 to 27 March.
  • Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean made a working visit to London and Manchester, United Kingdom and Dublin, Ireland from 22 to 29 March.
  • Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean attended the 21st meeting of the TOTAL International Advisory Committee in Paris, France from 7 to 10 March 2018, and made a working visit to Madrid, Spain from 10 to 13 March.
  • Minister (Higher Education and Skills) Ong Ye Kung made a working visit to Helsinki, Oulu and Rovaniemi, Finland from 22 to 27 January.
  • Minister (Communications and Information) and Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs Yaacob Ibrahim visited Istanbul, Turkey from 22 to 23 January.
  • Minister of State, Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Manpower, Sam Tan attended the 12th Arctic Frontiers Conference in Tromsø, Norway from 21 to 25 January.
  • Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam and Minister (Prime Minister’s Office) Chan Chun Sing attended the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, from 17 to 20 January.

Visits to Singapore

  • Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of the United Kingdom Jeremy Hunt made an Official Visit from 4 to 5 January.

  • Prime Minister of the Czech Republic Andrej Babis made an Official Visit to Singapore from 14 to 15 January 2019.

Visits to Europe

  • Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Social and Economic Policies Tharman Shanmugaratnam visited Moscow, Russia for the Gaidar Forum from 15 to 16 January 2019.

  • Minister (Foreign Affairs) Dr Vivian Balakrishnan to Brussels for the 22nd ASEAN-EU Ministerial Meeting, from 21 to 22 January.

  • Minister of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Social and Family Development, Sam Tan attended the 13th Arctic Frontiers Conference in Tromsø, Norway, from 20 to 22 January. 

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