Central Asia occupies an important geostrategic position between Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Singapore has warm relations with the Central Asian countries. Despite historical, cultural and geographical dissimilarities, Singapore and the Central Asian countries are young nations with a common aspiration to carve out space for ourselves in the international arena. This common goal has fostered closer relations in recent years, especially with Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.
Singapore holds regular business forums with Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. Singapore also formally applied to the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) to negotiate a Free Trade Agreement with the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), of which Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan are members.
Central Asia and Singapore also share a continued interest in collaborating in the field of education and capacity-building. Through the Singapore Cooperation Programme (SCP), we have shared our developmental experience with more than 1000 participants from Central Asia.
- Mayor of Almaty Bauyrzhan Baibek visited Singapore from 20 to 22 November under the MFA Distinguished Visitors’ Programme. 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.
- Mayor of Astana Asset Issekeshev visited Singapore from 5 to 7 October to explore opportunities for bilateral cooperation.
- Governor of Astana International Financial Centre Kairat Kelimbetov visited Singapore from 14 to 18 September to attend the Singapore Summit and explore opportunities for bilateral cooperation.
- Senior Minister of State (Trade and Industry) Dr Koh Poh Koon visited Kazakhstan from 23 to 26 July to attend the Singapore Day event at the Singapore Pavilion, Astana EXPO 2017. SMS Koh was accompanied by a business delegation. The Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore (SEAS) also led a business mission to Kazakhstan.
- Speaker of Parliament Madam Halimah Yacob visited Kazakhstan from 8 to 10 June to attend the official opening of the Astana EXPO 2017, and the opening of the Singapore Pavilion at the EXPO on 9 June. Themed 'Future Energy, in Astana', the EXPO ran from 10 June to 10 September, where Singapore shared our experiences in sustainable development and energy efficiency with other countries. Almost 400,000 people visited the Singapore Pavilion over three months.
- Emeritus Senior Minister (ESM) Goh Chok Tong made an official visit to Kazakhstan from 26 to 29 September at the invitation of President Nursultan Nazarbayev. In Astana, ESM addressed the Senate of the Parliament.
- Minister of State (Trade and Industry) Dr Koh Poh Koon visited Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan from 20 to 26 May to discuss the Singapore-Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) Free Trade Agreement.
- Turkmen Deputy Prime Minister and Executive Secretary of the Office of the President Shammuhamet Durdylyev made a study visit to Singapore from 12 to 14 April to learn from Singapore’s experience in urban planning, construction, housing and infrastructure.
- Kazakh Chairman of the Senate of the Parliament Kassym-Jomart Tokayev visited Singapore from 31 March to 3 April at the invitation of Speaker Halimah Yacob. Tokayev delivered the opening address at the Singapore Forum on 2 April.
- Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Massimov visited Singapore in March for the Lying-in-State and State Funeral Service for the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew.
Last updated: December 2017