Ministries' Addenda to the President's Address - Ministry of Foreign Affairs
PUBLISHED ON 08 May 2018
Ensuring Singapore’s Global Relevance

Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Vivian Balakrishnan has laid out several missions for the ministry in its addendum to the President’s Address.

“We will continue to deepen engagement with regional and key powers for Singapore’s long-term security and prosperity; cultivate a wide network of international friends; play a constructive role in multilateral fora; and expand Singapore’s mindshare and value proposition on the international stage,” he emphasised.

Singapore will also continue to strengthen ASEAN's centrality and unity as ASEAN's Chair, with one of the key initiatives, the ASEAN Smart City Network. The Ministry will also work to enhance ASEAN's cooperation in areas such as cybersecurity, counter-terrorism, and people-to-people linkages.

Deepening engagement and cooperation with regional and key powers such as US and China, and also regional neighbours Indonesia and Malaysia also figure high in the Ministry’s agenda.

At the same time, the MFA will cultivate a wide network of international partners to ensure free trade and regional economic integration for Singapore.

Dr Vivian said, "Amidst rising protectionism, we will work with like-minded partners in international groupings such as the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Group of 20 (G20), and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) to maintain a rules-based and open multilateral order."

Dr Vivian added that the MFA will maintain 'a consistent position' to uphold international law and support the peaceful resolution of disputes.

To support and engage with Singaporeans Overseas, the MFA will enhance consular support to overseas Singaporeans through innovative technology and various outreach initiatives.  "We will step up engagement of Singaporeans both at home and abroad to help support our diplomacy. This includes combating deliberate falsehoods from external parties that seek to influence Singapore’s domestic and foreign policy decisions," said Dr Vivian.

Photo from Minister Dr Vivian Balakrishnan