Sub-Saharan Africa


Singapore enjoys good relations with many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Our interactions are sustained through regular bilateral visits and meetings at international fora.

Economic relations between Singapore and African countries are growing. To facilitate growing business interest, IE Singapore officially launched its first Overseas Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa in January 2013, its first office in Sub-Saharan Africa. A second office was opened in Accra, Ghana in July 2013, and a third Overseas Centre in Nairobi, Kenya will open in 2017.

Singapore also regularly shares its developmental experience with interested African countries through training programmes under the Singapore Cooperation Programme (SCP) and study visits.



  • South African Minister of Finance Malusi Gigaba visited Singapore in November 2017.
  • Former President of South Africa Mr Kgalema Motlanthe visited Singapore from 30 October to 2 November under MFA’s Distinguished Visitors Programme (DVP). The DVP invites outstanding foreign dignitaries to Singapore to help forge closer bilateral ties and foster mutual cooperation through the exchange of views with Singapore leaders and officials.
  • Senior Minister of State (Defence) (Foreign Affairs) Dr Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman attended the 17th Council of Ministers Meeting (COMM) of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) in Durban, South Africa on 18 October. The meeting reviewed the progress by IORA and discussed ways to enhance regional cooperation in the Indian Ocean Rim.
  • Senior Minister of State (Prime Minister’s Office, Foreign Affairs and Transport) Josephine Teo visited Mozambique, South Africa, and Kenya from 20 to 24 March.
  • Namibian Minister of Public Enterprises Leon Jooste made a study visit to Singapore in January.


  • Senior Minister of State (Defence and Foreign Affairs) Dr Mohamad Maliki Osman visited South Africa and Namibia from 31 October to 5 November.
  • South African Deputy President Cyril Matamela Ramaphosa made a working visit to Singapore from 5 to 7 October.
  • Ministers and senior officials from 10 Sub-Saharan African countries (Botswana, Cabo Verde, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mauritius, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe) visited Singapore from 22 to 24 August to attend the second run of the Sub-Saharan Africa High-Level Ministerial Exchange Visit. The theme of the visit was “Singapore-Africa: Partnering for Sustainable Development”. The Ministers also attended the 4th Africa Singapore Business Forum (ASBF), from 24 to 25 August. 
  • Senior Minister of State (Defence and Foreign Affairs) Dr Mohamad Maliki Osman made an official visit to Botswana and Ethiopia in September.
  • Rwandan Minister of Finance and Economic Planning Claver Gatete made a study visit to Singapore in July to learn about Singapore’s financial sector development.
  • Mauritian Minister of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research Leela Devi Dookun-Luchoomun made a study visit to Singapore in June to learn about Singapore’s education system and policies.
  • King of Swaziland Mswati III visited Singapore in May.
  • Madagascan President Hery Rajaonarimampianina made a working visit to Singapore in May.
  • Minister of State (Trade and Industry and National Development) Dr Koh Poh Koon made an official visit to Uganda and Tanzania in April.
  • Mauritian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism and External Communications Charles Gaëtan Xavier-Luc Duval made a working visit to Singapore in March. During the visit, he donated a pair of Giant Aldabra tortoises to Wildlife Reserves Singapore.


  • Botswana President Lieutenant General Seretse Khama Ian Khama visited Singapore in October.
  • Mauritian Minister of Public Infrastructure and Land Transport Nandcoomar Bodha made a study visit to Singapore in October to learn about Singapore’s transport system and policies.
  • Rwanda President Paul Kagame visited Singapore in September to attend the 2015 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix. During the visit, he also met with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
  • Mauritian Minister of Finance and Economic Development Seetanah Lutchmeenaraidoo and Mauritius Minister of Financial Services, Good Governance and Institutional Reforms Sudarshan Bhadain made a study visit to Singapore in August to learn about Singapore’s banking and financial sectors, as well as port development.
  • Mauritian Minister of Industry, Commerce and Consumer Protection Ashit Kumar Gungah made a study visit to Singapore in July to learn about the development of Singapore’s petrochemical industry.
  • Minister (Prime Minister’s Office) and Second Minister (Home Affairs and Foreign Affairs) Masagos Zulkifli made an official visit to Angola and Mozambique in June.

Last updated: December 2017