Turkey – Singapore Relations

Turkey, the Embassy in Singapore established diplomatic relations as of February 12, 1969 has opened on November 1, year 1985. Singapore was commissioned in 2012. The Embassy in Turkey, in Ankara’s first resident Ambassador to Singapore has started to work on July 27, 2015.

The increasingly deepening and deepening relations between the two countries have also been reinforced with the recent high-level visits. Our President Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan made an official visit to Singapore on 8-9 January 2014 during the period of Prime Minister. The visit of Prime Ministers from Turkey, Singapore became the first visit made after 18-year hiatus. Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım made an official visit to Singapore on 23-24 August.

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong paid an official visit to Turkey from 12 to 15 October 2014. The visit to Singapore bears the qualities that made the first visit to Turkey after 24-year hiatus in the Prime Minister level. With the visit, the relations of the two countries were increased to strategic partnership level.

During the visit of Prime Minister of Singapore Lee held in Antalya on the occasion of the G20 Leaders’ Summit in November 2015 in Turkey, Turkey-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (FTA) signed in 2017 and entered into force in October. These agreements, Turkey bears the distinction of being the most comprehensive and advanced STA has ever signed.

In addition, the covenant of infrastructure in the economic field where the investment is substantially complete basic economic agreements are in force between Turkey and Singapore as the Reciprocal Promotion and Prevention of Double Taxation. Joint Economic Commission between Turkey and Singapore (GIC) Although there is no mechanism at regular intervals, a mechanism established in 2009, the Business Council are held.

“Turkey Scholarships” within the scope of the 2016-2017 academic year, a Singaporean undergraduate scholarship is given to students. Furthermore, in 2011, various cooperation documents were signed between the Singapore Science, Technology and Research Agency (A * Star) and Boğaziçi University, Koç University and Turkish Education Foundation-TEV to increase cooperation and scholarship opportunities in fields such as research, doctoral education and teaching staff exchange. According to the agreement between A * Star and TEV, about 15 Turkish students go to Singapore every year with TEV scholarships.

THY organizes flights to Singapore once a day every day of the week. Singapore Airlines is flying five times a week to my country. There are about 750 Turkish citizens residing in Singapore. As of 2016, according to Interior Ministry data lives of 75 Singapore citizens in Turkey.

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