Latin America



OVERVIEW

Singapore enjoys friendly relations with countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. Relations have expanded in recent years with regular exchanges of high-level visits and Singapore continues to share our development experience with Latin American and Caribbean countries through the Singapore Cooperation Programme (SCP).

Economic cooperation between Singapore and Latin America and the Caribbean is increasing steadily. Despite a slowdown in the global economy, Singapore's trade with Latin America and the Caribbean reached S$21.5 billion in 2015. Singapore has also concluded Free Trade Agreements with several Latin American countries, namely, Costa Rica, Panama and Peru.  Chile, Mexico and Peru are also partners in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Singapore’s engagement of Latin American and Caribbean countries has also expanded to other non-economic areas such as science and technology, and education.

One of the main vehicles to promote Singapore-Latin America relations is Forum for East Asia-Latin America Cooperation (FEALAC). Singapore has also accredited a Plenipotentiary Representative to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), and has been an Observer in the Pacific Alliance, a trade grouping comprising Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru, since February 2014.

RECENT HIGHLIGHTS

2017

  • Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong met Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on the side-lines of the 25th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Da Nang, Vietnam on 10 November.  President Peña Nieto welcomed Singapore’s Associate Membership in the Pacific Alliance.
  • Senior Minister of State (Defence) (Foreign Affairs) Dr Maliki Mohamad Bin Osman met Peruvian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ricardo Luna Mendoza on 8 November on the side-lines of the 29th APEC Ministerial Meeting.
  • Cuban Minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment Rodrigo Malmierca Diaz made a working visit to Singapore from 28 September to 1 October 2017, during which he attended the Latin Asia Business Forum.Minister (Foreign Affairs) Dr Vivian Balakrishnan made an introductory visit to Argentina from 5 to 7 April.  He called on Argentine President Mauricio Macri, and had separate bilateral meetings with Argentine Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship Susana Malcorra, Minister of the Treasury Nicolas Dujovne, and Minister of Modernisation Andres Horacio Ibarra.  He also met the Mercosur Foreign Ministers Aloysio Nunes Ferreira of Brazil, Eladio Loizaga of Paraguay, and Rodolfo Nin Novoa of Uruguay while in Buenos Aires.
  • Brazilian Minister of Foreign Affairs Aloysio Nunes Ferreira made an official visit to Singapore from 7 to 9 September 2017.
  • Argentine Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship Jorge Faurie made an introductory visit to Singapore on 4 September and officiated the opening of the Argentine Embassy with Minister (Foreign Affairs) Dr Vivian Balakrishnan.
  • Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies Tharman Shanmugaratnam made a working visit to Argentina and Mexico from 4 to 7 September 2017.
  • Senior Minister of State (Defence) (Foreign Affairs) Dr Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman visited the ROK on 31 August to attend the 8th Forum for East Asia-Latin America Cooperation (FEALAC) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (FMM).  At the FMM, SMS Maliki met Vice President of Panama Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of Paraguay Ambassador Oscar Cabello Sarubbi, and State Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan Nakane Kazuyuki.
  • Prime Minister of Jamaica Andrew Holness made a working visit to Singapore from 26 to 28 July 2017.  He called on Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and met Minister (Foreign Affairs) Dr Vivian Balakrishnan on 28 July.
  • At the G20 Hamburg Summit from 7 to 8 July 2017, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong met Argentine President Mauricio Macri.  Minister (Foreign Affairs) Dr Vivian Balakrishnan also met Argentine Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie.


2016

  • President Tony Tan Keng Yam made a State Visit to the United Mexican States from 7 to 11 June to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Singapore and Mexico.  This was the first visit by a Singaporean Head of State to Latin America. 
  • Minister (Trade and Industry – Trade) Lim Hng Kiang led a Singaporean business delegation to Cuba from 5 to 7 June.
  • Cuban Vice President of the Council of Ministers and Minister of Economy and Planning Marino Murillo Jorge visited Singapore from 23 to 29 May under the S R Nathan Fellowship programme.
  • Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela made a State Visit to Singapore from 21 to 22 April, accompanied by Minister of Public Works Ramón Arosemena, Minister of Economy and Finance Dulcidio De La Guardia, Minister of Canal Affairs Roberto Roy, Minister of Maritime Affairs Jorge Barakat, Minister of Commerce and Industry Augusto Arosemena, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Luis Miguel Hincapié, and Vice Minister of Public Works Marietta Jaén. 
  • Costa Rican Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship Manuel González Sanz made an Introductory visit to Singapore from 9 to 12 March.

2015

  • Cuban First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Marcelino Medina visited Singapore in November for the official opening of the Cuban Embassy.
  • Brazilian Minister of External Relations Mauro Vieira made an Introductory visit to Singapore from 22 to 23 July. 
  • Minister (Foreign Affairs and Law) K Shanmugam made an introductory visit to Cuba from 20 to 23 June. 

Last updated: December 2017