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The Pacific Islands


  • Mr Verghese Mathews was appointed as Singapore's Non-resident High Commissioner to Fiji and first Non-resident Ambassador to the Pacific Islands Forum in December 2011.

  • Samoan Minister of Finance Faumuina Tiatia Liuga visited Singapore in April 2012.

  • Singapore organised the inaugural Singapore - Pacific Ministerial Study Visit from 6 to 10 August 2012.  13 delegations from the Pacific Island countries and regional organisations were represented. 

  • Singapore established bilateral relations with Niue and Cook Islands on 6 August 2012. 

  • President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau of Fiji visited Singapore from 15 to 19 August 2012.

  • Minister for Foreign Affairs K Shanmugam visited to Timor-Leste from 22 to 24 November 2012. 

  • Timor-Leste Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão made an official visit to Singapore from 3 to 5 June 2013.

  • Minister for Foreign Affairs K Shanmugam hosted lunch for Pacific Islands at the sidelines of the 68th United Nations General Assembly, on 26 September 2013 in New York.

  • Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong held a bilateral meeting with Vanuatu Prime Minister Moana Carcasses Kalosil on 16 November 2013, at the sidelines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Colombo.


As small island states, Singapore and the Pacific Island countries share warm and friendly relations which are underpinned by strong political goodwill. To date, Singapore has established diplomatic relations with Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, the Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu, Tuvalu and Timor-Leste.  Singapore is represented in Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste, Fiji and the Pacific Islands Forum by Non-Resident Ambassadors.

Singapore has worked with Timor-Leste and the Pacific Island countries in the area of technical cooperation under the auspices of the Singapore Cooperation Programme (SCP).  The SCP provides technical assistance which focuses on training and enhancing the skills of participants in various fields such as civil aviation, port management and civil service matters.  Close to 4000 officials from the region have participated in training courses organized under the SCP since 1992.