Singapore and New Zealand enjoy a close, multifaceted and longstanding relationship. As countries that are small and open, we share many interests and strategic views, and cooperate closely in multilateral forums.
Defence is a key pillar of bilateral relations. In addition to being members of the Five Power Defence Arrangements (FPDA), Singapore’s and New Zealand’s armed forces exercise and train together regularly. Singapore’s and New Zealand’s troops also partnered each other in missions in East Timor and Afghanistan. New Zealand also provides unilateral military training facilities in Singapore, and both countries work well together at multilateral security fora.
Trade is another key component of the relationship. The Agreement between New Zealand and Singapore on a Closer Economic Partnership (ANZSCEP), Singapore’s first bilateral FTA and New Zealand’s second, was signed in Singapore by then-Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong and then-New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark in November 2000 and came into effect on 1 January 2001. Both countries are also party to the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA) which came into effect on 1 January 2010, as well as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
Last updated: October 2016