- History of the U.S. and Singapore
- U.S.- Singapore Relations
This information is courtesy of the State Department Country Fact Sheet on Singapore, last updated September 13, 2017
For more than half a century, the United States and Singapore have forged an expansive and enduring relationship based on mutual economic interests, robust security and defense cooperation, and enduring people-to-people ties. Our two countries have worked as close partners in support of a rules-based economic and security order in the Asia-Pacific and have consistently partnered to address global threats and challenges to include terrorism, transnational crime, and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Singapore and the United States are closely linked. More than 30,000 Americans live in Singapore. The Free Trade Agreement between the United States and Singapore supports 215,000 American jobs and the United States enjoys a $20 billion trade surplus in goods and services annually. There are 4,200 American businesses in Singapore and American businesses invest over $180 billion dollars in Singapore.
The United States and Singapore work together for greater impact in the region and across the globe. The two countries hold an annual Strategic Partnership Dialogue to strengthen bilateral cooperation and to discuss ways to expand collaboration in new areas. One mechanism that further strengthens our cooperation for the benefit of the Asia-Pacific region is the Third Country Training Program (TCTP). Aimed at providing technical assistance and training to ASEAN member states, TCTP focuses on connectivity, sustainable development, and regional resilience. Since the TCTP program was established, Singapore and the United States have jointly organized 30 workshops and trained over 1,000 ASEAN member government officials in the areas of trade, environment, health, urban planning, and disaster management, among others.
U.S. Assistance to Singapore
The EXBS program has been active in Singapore since 2003 and has provided over $2 million in technical exchanges and assistance. EXBS’ goals in Singapore are to encourage active targeting and enforcement of export controls, full compliance with the four multilateral export control regimes, and cooperation on counter-proliferation prosecution and investigation matters. EXBS assistance for Singapore in 2016 totaled $250,000.
Bilateral Economic Relations
The United States has a bilateral free trade agreement with Singapore, which entered into force in 2004. Since that time, bilateral trade has increased 62%, reaching $45 billion in goods trade in 2016. The United States is Singapore’s largest foreign investor, with U.S. investment stock totaling $228 billion in 2016. Singapore is a visa waiver program country, which allows its nationals to travel to the United States for certain business or tourism purposes for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa.
Singapore’s Membership in International Organizations
Singapore and the United States belong to a number of the same international organizations, including the United Nations, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, ASEAN Regional Forum, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and World Trade Organization.
The position of U.S. Ambassador to Singapore is vacant; other principal embassy officials are listed in the Department’s Key Officers List.
Singapore maintains an embassy in the United States at 3501 International Place NW, Washington, DC 20008 (tel. 202-537-3100).
More information about Singapore is available from the Department of State and other sources, some of which are listed here:
- Department of State Singapore Country Page
- Department of State Key Officers List
- CIA World Factbook Singapore Page
- U.S.-Asia Pacific Comprehensive Energy Partnership
- History of U.S. Relations With Singapore
- Human Rights Reports
- International Religious Freedom Reports
- Trafficking in Persons Reports
- Narcotics Control Reports
- Investment Climate Statements
- Office of the U.S. Trade Representative Countries Page
- U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Statistics
- Export.gov International Offices Page
- Library of Congress Country Studies
- Travel Information