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Overview

Singapore and Vietnam share excellent bilateral relations, underpinned by the Strategic Partnership Agreement concluded in September 2013 during Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s official visit to Vietnam. Our economic ties are robust, with bilateral trade growing steadily over the last decade. Our strong economic cooperation is symbolised by the Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Parks (VSIPs). The first VSIP in Binh Duong celebrates its 23rd anniversary in 2019. The Connectivity Framework Agreement (CFA), in force since 23 January 2006, provides the overarching framework for bilateral economic cooperation across six sectors (education and training, finance, investments, information technology and telecommunications, trade and services, and transportation).

Vietnam is the top recipient country under the Singapore Cooperation programme (SCP). As part of Singapore’s commitment to the Initiative for ASEAN Integration, the Vietnam-Singapore Training Centre was established in Hanoi in November 2001 to train Vietnam officials. To boost economic integration and the adoption of technology in the region, the Vietnam-Singapore Training Centre was upgraded to a Singapore Cooperation Centre in 2019.

Recent Highlights

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  • Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung visited Singapore twice for Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s State Funeral Service in March and the SG50 National Day Parade in August.
  • Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob led a parliamentary delegation to Vietnam from 2 to 4 April.
  • Minister (Foreign Affairs) Dr Vivian Balakrishnan made an introductory visit to Vietnam from 25 to 27 October.
  • Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security Teo Chee Hean made a working visit to Vietnam from 11 to 14 September.
  • Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang made a State Visit to Singapore from 28 to 30 August.
  • President of the National Assembly of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam Mdm Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan made an Official Visit to Singapore from 26 to 28 November at the invitation of Speaker of Parliament Tan Chuan-Jin. Ngan also separately called on President Halimah Yacob and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, where they reaffirmed the warm relations and strategic partnership between Singapore and Vietnam.
  • Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong attended the 25th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Da Nang, Vietnam, from 10 to 11 November, while Minister (Trade and Industry – Trade) Lim Hng Kiang and Senior Minister of State (Defence) (Foreign Affairs) Dr Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman attended the 29th APEC Ministerial Meeting (AMM) from 7 to 9 November.
  • Party Secretary of Cao Bang Province Nguyen Hoang Anh led a Communist Party of Vietnam study visit delegation to Singapore from 24 to 28 July on the theme of good governance and public administration.
  • His Excellency Truong Hoa Binh, Member of the Politburo of Communist Party of Vietnam and Permanent Deputy Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, made an official visit to Singapore from 13 to 15 July.
  • Prime Minister of Vietnam Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Madam Tran Nguyet Thu made an official visit to Singapore from 25 to 27 April. The visit was a key highlight of the celebrations of the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations and 5th anniversary of the Strategic Partnership between Vietnam and Singapore this year. Prime Minister Phuc also called on Her Excellency Madam Halimah Yacob, President of Singapore.
  • Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong made an official visit to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City from 21 to 24 March.
  • Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc made an official visit to Singapore from 25 to 27 April to mark 45 years of diplomatic ties between Singapore and Vietnam.
  • Member of the Politburo of the Communist Party of Vietnam, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Phan Binh Minh, accompanied by his spouse Madam Nguyen Nguyet Nga, made an official visit to Singapore from 30 to 31 July, where he was hosted to breakfast by Minister (Foreign Affairs) Dr Vivian Balakrishnan. The Ministers signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the principles for the operation of the Vietnam-Singapore Cooperation Centre.
  • Minister (Foreign Affairs) Dr Vivian Balakrishnan visited Hanoi, Vietnam from 27 to 28 August to attend the third Indian Ocean Conference in his capacity as Co Vice-Chair of the Organising Committee.
  • Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong visited Hanoi, Vietnam on 12 September for the 27th World Economic Forum on ASEAN.
  • Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security Teo Chee Hean, accompanied by his spouse Mdm Chew Poh Yim, represented Singapore at the state funeral for Vietnam President Tran Dai Quang on 26 September in Hanoi, Vietnam.
  • Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security Teo Chee Hean made an official visit to Vietnam from 21 to 26 March. He met Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh and other leaders in Hanoi, Hue and Ho Chi Minh City.DPM Teo also launched the Vietnam-Singapore Cooperation Centre, and the Singapore Festival in Hanoi.
  • Chairman of the Communist Party of Vietnam Commission for External Relations Hoang Binh Quan visited Singapore from 23 to 27 July 2019 at the invitation of Minister (Foreign Affairs) Dr Vivian Balakrishnan.
  • Ho Chi Minh City Party Secretary Nguyen Thien Nhanvisited Singapore as the 66th Lee Kuan Yew Exchange Fellow from 24 to 28 August 2019.
  • Permanent Deputy Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam Truong Hoa Binh made an official visit to Singapore from 22 to 24 September 2019.

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