PRIVILEGES, IMMUNITIES AND HOSPITALITY ACCORDED TO FORMER HEADS OF STATE OR HEADS OF GOVERNMENT VISITING OR TRANSITING THROUGH SINGAPORE

Mr Gerald Giam Yean Song asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs (a) what privileges, immunities and hospitality are accorded to former Heads of State or Heads of Government who visit or transit through Singapore; (b) whether any public resources are expended in such instances; and (c) whether the former Sri Lankan President was accorded any privileges, immunitiesContinue reading “PRIVILEGES, IMMUNITIES AND HOSPITALITY ACCORDED TO FORMER HEADS OF STATE OR HEADS OF GOVERNMENT VISITING OR TRANSITING THROUGH SINGAPORE”

CONSIDERATIONS IN SINGAPORE’S ABSTENTION IN SUSPENSION OF RUSSIA’S MEMBERSHIP IN UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL

67 Ms Sylvia Lim asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs whether he can elaborate on the considerations that led to Singapore recording an abstention on the United Nations General Assembly vote on 7 April 2022 concerning the suspension of the rights of membership of the Russian Federation in the United Nations Human Rights Council. Dr Vivian Balakrishnan: Russia’s invasionContinue reading “CONSIDERATIONS IN SINGAPORE’S ABSTENTION IN SUSPENSION OF RUSSIA’S MEMBERSHIP IN UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL”

FULL SCOPE OF ECONOMIC SANCTIONS IMPOSED BY SINGAPORE ON RUSSIA FOR INVASION OF UKRAINE

66 Assoc Prof Jamus Jerome Lim asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs what is the full scope of the economic sanctions imposed by Singapore on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine. Dr Vivian Balakrishnan: Singapore is a consistent and staunch supporter of international law and the principles enshrined in the UN Charter. The sovereignty, political independence and territorial integrityContinue reading “FULL SCOPE OF ECONOMIC SANCTIONS IMPOSED BY SINGAPORE ON RUSSIA FOR INVASION OF UKRAINE”

PLANS TO ASSIST SINGAPORE COMPANIES IN MANAGING MYANMAR JUNTA’S NEW REGULATION ON EXCHANGE OF FOREIGN CURRENCY ACCORDING TO MANDATED RATE

Assoc Prof Jamus Jerome Lim asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs what plans are in place to assist Singapore companies with interests in Myanmar in managing the junta’s new regulations requiring exchange of foreign currency according to a mandated rate. Dr Vivian Balakrishnan: The Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) announced on 3 April 2022 that all foreign currencyContinue reading “PLANS TO ASSIST SINGAPORE COMPANIES IN MANAGING MYANMAR JUNTA’S NEW REGULATION ON EXCHANGE OF FOREIGN CURRENCY ACCORDING TO MANDATED RATE”

RESPONSE TO OPINION LEADERS WHO TRANSMIT PARTLY FALSE INFORMATION WHICH MAY UNDERMINE SINGAPORE’S FOREIGN POLICY POSITIONS

Mr Gerald Giam Yean Song asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs how does the Government intend to respond to Singaporean key opinion leaders who express or transmit partly false information that can potentially undermine Singapore’s foreign policy positions. Dr Vivian Balakrishnan: In this digital age, the spread of misinformation that sows fear, suspicion and discord in a populationContinue reading “RESPONSE TO OPINION LEADERS WHO TRANSMIT PARTLY FALSE INFORMATION WHICH MAY UNDERMINE SINGAPORE’S FOREIGN POLICY POSITIONS”

COS 2022: Clarification on Blocking Russian Airlines and Private Aircraft from Changi

Assoc Prof Jamus Jerome Lim (Sengkang): Thank you, Mdm Deputy Speaker. Just a quick clarification for the Minister. He mentioned earlier on in his speech that the specific announcements with regard to Ukraine, in terms of how Singapore with respond in terms of embargoes, were still being worked out. But I wonder if he could elaborateContinue reading “COS 2022: Clarification on Blocking Russian Airlines and Private Aircraft from Changi”

COS 2022: Indo-Pacific Economic Framework

Mr Dennis Tan Lip Fong (Hougang): Mr Chairman, Singapore and the United States (US) have been close partners in support of the rules-based economic and security order within our region since our Independence. A recent example of how we have assisted in the area of security is our offer of military planes to help withContinue reading “COS 2022: Indo-Pacific Economic Framework”

SINGAPORE’S CONTRIBUTIONS TO GLOBAL EFFORTS TO COMBAT COVID-19

Ms Sylvia Lim asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs (a) to what extent has Singapore contributed thus far towards combating COVID-19 globally and regionally, whether through COVAX or other multilateral or bilateral initiatives; and (b) what further contributions will Singapore make internationally towards combating COVID-19 in 2022.   Dr Vivian Balakrishnan: Although we are a small country, Singapore recognisesContinue reading “SINGAPORE’S CONTRIBUTIONS TO GLOBAL EFFORTS TO COMBAT COVID-19”

SINGAPORE’S ASSESSMENT OF FOREIGN POLICY IMPLICATION WITH RETURN OF TALIBAN AS GOVERNMENT IN AFGHANISTAN

Mr Dennis Tan Lip Fong asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs (a) whether he can provide an update on the situation in Afghanistan from a foreign policy perspective; and (b) how does the change in government impact the bilateral ties that Singapore has with Afghanistan especially given the past involvement of the SAF in Afghanistan. Dr VivianContinue reading “SINGAPORE’S ASSESSMENT OF FOREIGN POLICY IMPLICATION WITH RETURN OF TALIBAN AS GOVERNMENT IN AFGHANISTAN”

IMPACT OF UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY’S ARMS EMBARGO ON MYANMAR ON SINGAPORE AND ASEAN’S EFFORTS REGARDING MYANMAR

Mr Dennis Tan Lip Fong asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs (a) what steps will be taken by Singapore to comply with the UN General Assembly Resolution of 18 June 2021 calling for arms embargo on Myanmar; and (b) whether the fact that ASEAN countries voted differently in the Resolution has any bearing on ASEAN’s efforts inContinue reading “IMPACT OF UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY’S ARMS EMBARGO ON MYANMAR ON SINGAPORE AND ASEAN’S EFFORTS REGARDING MYANMAR”