SINGAPORE’S POSITION ON RUSSIAN-UKRAINE WAR ONE YEAR ON

Ms Sylvia Lim asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs (a) whether remarks on the Russia-Ukraine war by the Minister for Home Affairs at a workshop on 8 March 2023 held at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute represent the views of the Government; and (b) whether there has been any revision to Singapore’s position on the Russian invasion ofContinue reading “SINGAPORE’S POSITION ON RUSSIAN-UKRAINE WAR ONE YEAR ON”

OUTCOMES FROM NEGOTIATIONS ON TREATY ON CONSERVATION AND SUSTAINABLE USE OF MARINE BIODIVERSITY OF AREAS BEYOND NATIONAL JURISDICTION

Mr Dennis Tan Lip Fong asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs in respect of the recently concluded landmark Treaty on Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biodiversity of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (a) what is the Government’s assessment of the outcome of the negotiations leading to the agreed terms of the Treaty; (b) what is the Government’sContinue reading “OUTCOMES FROM NEGOTIATIONS ON TREATY ON CONSERVATION AND SUSTAINABLE USE OF MARINE BIODIVERSITY OF AREAS BEYOND NATIONAL JURISDICTION”

DATA SUCH AS ATTRITION RATES AND GENDER OF FOREIGN SERVICE STAFF

Ms He Ting Ru asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs (a) if any analyses have been done on whether there is a gender gap within the Ministry between men and women in (i) positions of deputy director-general or above, (ii) terms of attrition rates and, (iii) the reasons for the differences between the point at whichContinue reading “DATA SUCH AS ATTRITION RATES AND GENDER OF FOREIGN SERVICE STAFF”

PROPORTION OF WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP ROLES IN PUBLIC SERVICE

Ms He Ting Ru asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs (a) how many women serve at the Permanent Secretary, Deputy Secretary, Ambassador-at-large, Director-General and Deputy Director-General, Head of Mission and Deputy Head of Mission levels, and their equivalents in the Ministry; (b) what proportion does women account for at each of these levels respectively; and (c)Continue reading “PROPORTION OF WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP ROLES IN PUBLIC SERVICE”

PROPOSAL TO CARVE OUT MYANMAR FROM ASEAN GROUPING

Mr Dennis Tan Lip Fong asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs as the second anniversary of the ASEAN Five-Point Consensus on the situation in Myanmar approaches, what is the Government’s position regarding the recent suggestion of carving out Myanmar from ASEAN. Dr Vivian Balakrishnan:  Myanmar remains a member of ASEAN. Ministry of Foreign Affairs20 March 2023 https://sprs.parl.gov.sg/search/#/sprs3topic?reportid=written-answer-na-13043

AID TO ROHINGYA REFUGEES IN BANGLADESH

Mr Leon Perera asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs in view of the UN Food Programme’s decision to reduce the amount of food aid to Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, whether Singapore is considering working with the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management to render assistance. Dr Vivian Balakrishnan: Singapore has made contributions through theContinue reading “AID TO ROHINGYA REFUGEES IN BANGLADESH”

Engaging Singaporeans on Foreign Policy

Mr Gerald Giam Yean Song: Of all the Ministries, MFA’s work is probably the most esoteric to many Singaporeans. Some think that foreign policy is too complicated, is not as relevant to their daily lives as many domestic issues or is too sensitive to have open discussions about. As a result, foreign policy is often leftContinue reading “Engaging Singaporeans on Foreign Policy”

Strengthening ASEAN’s Credibility

Mr Gerald Giam Yean Song (Aljunied): Sir, the Workers’ Party supports Singapore’s efforts to work with our neighbours to bolster ASEAN. The regional grouping plays an important role in fostering deeper social, cultural and economic ties, enhancing regional stability and integrating Southeast Asian economies. An effective ASEAN can help countries in the region, including Singapore, toContinue reading “Strengthening ASEAN’s Credibility”

Women in Diplomacy

Ms He Ting Ru (Sengkang): Mr Chairman, the emphasis on families and equality in this year’s Budget makes it a good time to discuss the role of women in diplomacy. Apart from just looking at the proportion of women in roles across our foreign service, I would also like to understand what more is being doneContinue reading “Women in Diplomacy”

Relationship with Malaysia

Ms Sylvia Lim (Aljunied): Chairman, I note the recent visit to Singapore by the Malaysian Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. The event marks a new chapter in relations across the Singapore Strait, one where our two countries can perhaps continue putting down some of the historical baggage accumulated over the years. I am heartenedContinue reading “Relationship with Malaysia”