Singapore and Myanmar celebrated the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations in 2016. Both countries enjoy warm bilateral relations and work closely at regional and multilateral fora. Economic relations are growing, with Singapore being consistently among Myanmar’s top investors and trading partners in recent years.
Since 2001, Singapore has been supporting Myanmar’s human resource development through the Singapore Cooperation Programme and the Initiative for ASEAN Integration. Through the Singapore-Myanmar Technical Cooperation Programme, Singapore also shares our developmental experience (in economic development, human resource development, and public administration) with Myanmar. The Singapore-Myanmar Vocational Training Institute (SMVTI) was launched in June 2016 (during Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s official visit) as a symbol of our vocational education cooperation in engineering services, electrical skills and electronics, facilities management, and hospitality. Singapore formally handed over the SMVTI to Myanmar in February 2020.