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    To be an excellent Foreign Service that safeguards and advances Singapores interests.OUR MISSION

    MFA is committed to:Contributing to the formulation and implementation of Singapores foreign policy to advance our national interests.

    Making friends and being a responsible and constructive member of the international community, including sharing Singapores developmental experience with other countries.

    Providing efficient and responsive consular assistance to Singaporeans at home and abroad.

  • Pictured here is Singa, one of a pair of handcrafted stone sculptures from Bali. The mythical creatures stand guard at the Old Tanglin Officers Mess (OTOM) Entrance of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs building, where guests are received.


    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) was established in 1965, the same year as Singapores independence. Led by the first Foreign Minister Mr S Rajaratnam, the challenge facing the Ministry was to expand Singapores international space and safeguard Singapores sovereignty. It therefore sought to win international recognition and promote friendly relations with other countries. From six overseas missions in 1966, the Ministry today has 49 overseas missions worldwide. Singapores international standing has gone from strength to strength. It has also contributed constructively to regional and global development while participating in various humanitarian efforts.

  • 1960s 9 August 1965 Independence of Singapore. Formation of MFA. Mr S Rajaratnam is appointed Singapores first Foreign Minister.

    21 September 1965 Singapore is admitted as the 117th member of the United Nations.

    15 October 1965 Singapore is admitted as the 22nd member of the Commonwealth.

    17 January 1966Singapore signs the convention on the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and becomes a member of the IMO.

    3 August 1966 Singapore officially becomes the 104th member of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank.

    8 August 1967 Founding of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The ASEAN Declaration is signed in Bangkok.

    1970sSeptember 1970 Singapore is admitted into the Non-Aligned Movement.

    14-22 January 1971 Singapore hosts the 18th Conference of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).

    15-16 April 1971 Ministers of the governments of Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and the United Kingdom establish a new defence mechanism called the Five Power Defence Arrangements (FPDA).

    20 July 1973 Singapore joins the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT).

    23-24 February 1976 The first ASEAN Summit is held in Bali, Indonesia. The Treaty of Amity and Cooperation (TAC) in Southeast Asia is signed by all ASEAN Heads of State and Government. An ASEAN Secretariat is also established.

    1978 A watershed year for ASEAN marked by its official recognition as an important regional organisation by the major powers. The first minister-level meetings of the ASEAN-US dialogue are held in August 1978 and the ASEAN-EEC dialogue takes place in November 1978.

    1980s1 June 1980 Mr S Dhanabalan becomes Foreign Minister.

    March 1981 Singapores Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Tommy Koh, assumes the Presidency of the Third United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

    13 September 1988 Mr Wong Kan Seng becomes Foreign Minister.

    6-7 November 1989 Singapore joins the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and attends the groupings first Ministerial Meeting held in Canberra, Australia.

    1990s3 October 1990 Singapore establishes diplomatic relations with the Peoples Republic of China.

    1992 Launch of the Singapore Cooperation Programme.

    January 1992 Singapore hosts the 4th ASEAN Summit, which agrees to launch the ASEAN Free Trade Area.

    11 February 1993 The APEC Secretariat is established in Singapore.

    1994 ASEAN creates the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF).

    2 January 1994 Prof S Jayakumar becomes Foreign Minister.

    26 February 1994 Singapore and China sign the Agreement on the Joint Delvelopment of Suzhou Industrial Township.

    1 September 1999 Singapore hosts the inaugural meeting of the East Asia-Latin America Forum (EALAF) for senior officials of the 27 participating countries. (The EALAF was renamed the Forum for East Asia-Latin America Cooperation (FEALAC) in 2001.)

    2000s 2000 Singapore launches the Initiative for ASEAN Integration (IAI) to assist the integration of new member countries, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam (CLMV), into ASEAN. The flagship project is the setting up of a training center in each of the CLMV countries.

    10 October 2000 Singapore is elected as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) at the 55th session of the UN General Assembly.

    14 November 2000 Singapore signs the Agreement between New Zealand and Singapore on a Closer Economic Partnership (ANZSCEP). It is Singapores first bilateral Free Trade Agreement (FTA).

    1 January 2001Singapore starts its first two-year term in the United Nations Security Council.

    26 June 2002Singapore concludes an FTA with the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) comprising Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. This is the first FTA between an European regional grouping and an Asian country.

    6 May 2003Singapore concludes and signs the US-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (USSFTA). This is the first FTA between the US and an East Asian country.

    7 October 2003The 9th ASEAN Summit in Bali agrees to establish an ASEAN Community.

    13 August 2004Mr George Yeo becomes Foreign Minister.


  • 28 April 2005Singapore signs the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery Against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP).

    20-22 June 2005 Singapore hosts the inaugural Asia-Middle East Dialogue (AMED).

    29 June 2005 Singapore signs the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA)with India. It is Indias first ever CECA, and Singapores first comprehensive bilateral economic agreement with a South Asian economy.

    17 November 2005ASEAN and the US issue the Joint Vision Statement to launch the ASEAN-US Enhanced Partnership.

    19-20 September 2006Singapore hosts the IMF-World Bank Meetings.

    14 January 2007ASEAN signs the Cebu Declaration on the Acceleration of the Establishment of an ASEAN Community by 2015.

    15 January 2007ASEAN signs a Free Trade Agreement in services with China.

    4-6 September 2007Singapore hosts the IMO Meeting which establishes the Co-operative Mechanism for Safety of Navigation and Environmental Protection in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore.

    18 November 2007 Singapore and China sign the Framework Agreement on the Development of An Eco-City in the Peoples Republic of China.

    18-21 November 2007 Singapore hosts the 13th ASEAN Summit. During the Summit, ASEAN Leaders sign the ASEAN Charter and the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) Blueprint. With the Charter, ASEAN moves a step closer towards becoming a more rules-based and effective regional grouping, while the Blueprint guides ASEAN towards the realisation of a single market and production base by 2015.

    7 January 2008 Singapore is the first ASEAN country to ratify the ASEAN Charter.

    23 May 2008The International Court of Justice (ICJ) awards the sovereignty of Pedra Branca to Singapore.

    15 December 2008The ASEAN Charter officially enters into force at a special gathering of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers held at the ASEAN Secretariat.

    10 March 2009 Singapore and Indonesia sign treaty related to the Delimitation of the Territorial Seas of the Two Countries in the Western Part of the Strait of Singapore.

    9 May 2009 President S R Nathans State Visit to Japan. This is the first State Visit by a Singapore President to Japan.

    2 August 2009 MFA launches new eRegister portal.

    08 November 2009 Singapore hosts APEC 2009, followed by the 1st ASEAN-US Leaders Meeting.

    2010 till Present 03 January 2010 Singapore opens Consulate-General in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.

    11 January 2010 MFA launches its Twitter account @MFAsg .

    12 13 April 2010Singapore attends the inaugural Nuclear Security Summit in Washington DC.

    6 August 2010 Singapore opens Consulate in Batam, Indonesia.

    21 May 2011 Mr K Shanmugam becomes Foreign Minister.

    17 June 2011MFA Consular launches its Twitter account @MFASgConsular.

    1 July 2011Singapore and Malaysia fully implement the Points of Agreement on Malayan Railway Land in Singapore.

    18 July 2011Singapore opens Trade Office in Johannesburg, Republic of South Africa. It is Singapores first Trade Office in Sub-Saharan Africa.

    31 August 2011Singapore hands over the waterworks under the 1961 Water Agreement to the Johor water authorities upon the expiry of the 1961 Water Agreement on 31 August 2011.

    22 September 2011Singapore concludes its first Universal Periodic Review (UPR) with the adoption of Singapores National Report at the 18th Session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva.

    22 August 2012MFA Consular launches its smartphone app [email protected]

    3 September 2012Singapore opens embassy in Brasilia, Brazil. It is Singapores first embassy in Latin America.

    14 August 2013Singapore opens Consulate-General in Muscat, Oman.


    MFA is currently divided into 11 Directorates which deal with political and economic matters, and 7 Directorates which oversee matters relating to protocol and consular issues, and the Singapore Cooperation Programme among others. The Corporate Affairs Directorate oversees organisational and resource management while the Human Resource Directorate