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Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

Overview

Singapore’s close relations with the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) are underpinned by strong economic ties. In 2018, Hong Kong was Singapore’s 5th largest trading partner and total bilateral trade amounted to S$70.6 billion. It is also our 4th largest cumulative investment destination.

Both sides maintain close relations through frequent high-level exchanges and close working relationships between our government agencies. We also cooperate closely in functional areas through the Singapore-Hong Kong Civil Service Exchange Programme and the annual Singapore-Hong Kong Permanent Secretaries Exchange Programme. 

Recent Highlights

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  • Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong met HKSAR Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying twice in 2015. Both leaders met on 26 April in Kuala Lumpur, where Prime Minister Lee attended the 26th ASEAN Summit while Leung attended the 12th ASEAN Leadership Forum. The two leaders met again on 19 November on the sidelines of the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Manila.
  • HKSAR Secretary for Education Eddie Ng visited Singapore from 14 to 15 October to attend the OECD-Singapore Conference on Higher Education Futures.
  • HKSAR Chief Secretary for Administration Carrie Lam visited Singapore from 23 to 25 July to attend the commemorative events for the 20th anniversary of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Singapore.
  • Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference Vice-Chairman and former HKSAR Chief Executive Tung Chee Hwa visited Singapore twice. He first visited Singapore on 29 March for Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s State Funeral Service. He visited Singapore again from 20 to 21 July and delivered the keynote address at the FutureChina Global Forum on 20 July.
  • Minister (Education) Heng Swee Keat visited Hong Kong from 28 to 31 January to attend the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) Conference.
  • Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong visited Hong Kong from 21 to 23 January and spoke at the “Redefining the Next Asian New Town” Forum organised by AECOM and Asia Society.
  • HKSAR Secretary for Civil Service Clement Chung visited Singapore from 2 to 5 March.
  • HKSAR Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Gregory So visited Singapore on 4 October.
  • Minister of State (Communications and Information) (Health) Chee Hong Tat visited Hong Kong from 30 November to 2 December.
  • Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security Teo Chee Hean visited Hong Kong from 18 to 19 April.
  • Senior Minister of State (Environment and Water Resources)(Health) Amy Khor visited Hong Kong from 25 to 27 June.
  • Senior Minister of State (National Development) (Trade and Industry) Dr Koh Poh Koon visited Hong Kong to speak at the Hong Kong Summit on 11 July.
  • HKSAR Chief Executive Mrs Carrie Lam visited Singapore from 2 to 4 August.
  • Minister (Prime Minister’s Office) and Second Minister (Foreign Affairs) (Manpower) Josephine Teo visited Hong Kong on 1 September.
  • HKSAR Secretary for Food and Health Professor Sophia Chan visited Singapore from 14 to 16 September to attend the Temasek Foundation International Asia Leaders Connect 2017.
  • Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong visited Hong Kong from 25 to 26 September.
  • HKSAR Secretary for the Civil Service Joshua Law visited Singapore from 25 to 26 October.
  • Head of Civil Service Leo Yip led a delegation of Permanent Secretaries to Hong Kong for the 6th Singapore-Hong Kong Permanent Secretaries Exchange Programme from 14 to 16 March.
  • Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) Ong Ye Kung visited Hong Kong from 22 to 25 April under the Sponsored Visitors Programme at the invitation of the Hong Kong government. 
  • Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong visited Hong Kong from 5 to 7 September.
  • Senior Minister of State (Environment and Water Resources)(Health) Amy Khor visited Hong Kong from 21 to 24 November.
  • HKSAR Secretary for Food and Health Professor Sophia Chan visited Singapore from 26 to 27 November.
  • Senior Minister of State (Trade and Industry)(Education)Chee Hong Tat visited Hong Kong from 2 to 5 December.
  • HKSAR Under Secretary for Food and Health Dr Chui Tak-yi visited Singapore from 3 to 4 December.

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