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Overview

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 (SCP) and the Initiative for ASEAN Integration (IAI). Through the Singapore-Myanmar Technical Cooperation Programme (SMTCP), 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.

Recent Highlights

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  • Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong visited Myanmar from 2 to 5 February. 
  • Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security Teo Chee Hean visited Myanmar from 30 June to 2 July.
  • Minister (Trade & Industry - Trade) Lim Hng Kiang co-chaired the 5th Singapore-Myanmar Joint Ministerial Working Committee (JMWC) on 6 July in Yangon, Myanmar, with Myanmar Union Energy Minister and Myanmar Investment Commission Chairman U Zeya Aung. This JMWC meeting was reconvened after a hiatus of 14 years.
  • Myanmar State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi made an official visit to Singapore from 30 November to 2 December.
  • Myanmar Union Minister for Education Dr Myo Thein Gyi visited Singapore in August to learn about Singapore’s education system.
  • Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein visited Singapore in July to learn about Singapore’s experience with hawker centres and water management.
  • Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong made an official visit to Myanmar from 7 to 9 June. This was Prime Minister Lee’s first visit since the National League for Democracy (NLD) was elected into government.  
  • Minister (Foreign Affairs) Dr Vivian Balakrishnan mad e an introductory visit to Myanmar from 17 to 19 May.
  • Myanmar President Thein Sein attended Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s State Funeral Service in Singapore in March.
  • Minister (Foreign Affairs) Dr Vivian Balakrishnan attended the 13th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (FMM13) on 20 November chaired by State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi. Under the theme “Strengthening Partnership for Peace and Sustainable Development”, the Ministers discussed ways to enhance cooperation between Asia and Europe, and exchanged views on regional and international issues.
  • Minister (Foreign Affairs) Dr Vivian Balakrishnan visited Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, on 15 September and met Myanmar State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
  • Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong made a visit to Nay Pyi Taw from 14 to 16 March.
  • Myanmar State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi made a working visit to Singapore from 19 to 22 August, where she called on President Halimah Yacob and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi also delivered the 43rd Singapore Lecture organised by the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, titled “Myanmar’s Democratic Transition: Challenges and Way Forward”.
  • Minister (Foreign Affairs) Dr Vivian Balakrishnan made a working visit to Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, on 5 November and met Myanmar State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. Both sides discussed bilateral issues and developments in Myanmar, including the situation in Rakhine State.
  • Myanmar Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Dr Win Myat Aye visited Singapore from 7-9 November 2018. Dr Win Myat Aye was the keynote speaker at the S Rajaratnam School for International Studies Seminar “Cyclone Nargis Ten Years on: A Decade of New Humanitarian Partnerships in Southeast Asia”, and also called on Minister (Foreign Affairs) Dr Vivian Balakrishnan on 9 November.
  • Myanmar Union Minister for Investment and Foreign Economic Relations and National Security Advisor U Thaung Tun attended the 18th Shangri-La Dialogue and also met with Minister (Foreign Affairs) Dr Vivian Balakrishnan.
  • Myanmar Union Minister for Investment and Foreign Economic Relations and National Security Advisor U Thaung Tun made a working visit from 20 to 22 September 2019, where he was a speaker at the Singapore Summit, and met with DPM Heng Swee Keat and Minister (Foreign Affairs) Dr Vivian Balakrishnan.

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