The Commonwealth


Singapore joined the Commonwealth in October 1965 after gaining independence, and regularly participates in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings (CHOGM). In 1971, Singapore hosted the first CHOGM, which produced a seminal document known as the Singapore Declaration of Commonwealth Principles.

The Commonwealth's relatively smaller size (currently 54 members), a shared language (English) and similarities in political institutions make it a useful forum for member states.

Singapore also contributes to the work of the Commonwealth through the Commonwealth Youth Programme and the Singapore-Commonwealth Third Country Training Programme (TCTP), which offers training courses to Commonwealth members under the Singapore Cooperation Programme (SCP).

More information on the Commonwealth can be found on the Commonwealth website.


Singapore regularly participates in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong led Singapore's delegation to the 2011 CHOGM in Perth, Australia and the 2013 CHOGM in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies Tharman Shanmugaratnam led Singapore’s delegation to the 2015 CHOGM in Malta.

Last updated: October 2016