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Country Profile

Overview

singapore flagSingapore, an affluent, developed nation dependant on international trade, is the main gateway to the ASEAN region. Singapore has overcome its dearth of natural resources to become one of the juggernaut economies of Asia. The business environment is transparent and straightforward. Singapore-New Zealand relations are long-standing and friendly, and are based on close political, economic and defence ties.

Trade, Services and Investment
New Zealand’s links with Singapore are among its longest-established and closest in Asia. The two countries both have open economies and often take similar views internationally and regionally on trade issues. Singapore provides New Zealand with valuable insights into ASEAN thinking and processes.
Singapore was a central player in the development and conclusion of the AANZFTA Agreement which entered into forcesingapore coat of arms on 1 January 2010.

Increasing New Zealand effort is going into promoting innovation and research-based industry in which there are good synergies with Singaporean capital and global business connections. Biotechnology, ‘clean’ technology, ICT and the creative industries show particular promise. Singapore has made vast investments in implementing state-of-the art science development and commercialisation programs.

Country Statistics

Constitutional:  Parliamentary republic
Capital:  Singapore
Head of State:  President Tony TAN Keng Yam
Prime Minister:  LEE Hsien Loong
Population:  5,567,301 (July 2014 est.)
GDP:  US$339 billion (2013 est.)
GDP per capita:  US$62,400 (2013 est.)
Total Export Trade:   US$410.3 billion (2013 est.)
Main Exports:  Machinery and equipment (including electronics and telecommunications), pharmaceuticals and other chemicals, refined petroleum products, food and beverages
Total Import Trade:  US$373 billion (2013 est.)
Main Imports:  Machinery and equipment, mineral fuels, chemicals, foodstuffs, consumer goods

Exports to NZ
NZD 2,023 million (2013 est.)

Main exports to NZ
Petroleum oils, Light vessels, computers, polymers

Imports from NZ
NZD 1021 million (2013 est.)

Main Imports from NZ
Dairy, Petroleum oils, wine, beef

Total FDI
http://www.asean.org/news/item/foreign-direct-investment-statistics
US$60,644 million (2013 est.)

Trade agreement(s) with NZ:

ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand FTA (AANZFTA) Agreement
New Zealand and Singapore on a Closer Economic Partnership (ANZSCEP)
Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement (‘Trans-Pacific SEP’)

http://asean.org.nz/asean/free-trade-agreements-and-international-partnerships/

Quick Links:

Latest Currency Converter:  http://asean.fta.govt.nz/currency-converter

Tariff Finder:  http://asean.fta.govt.nz/tariff-finder

NZ Government Travel Advice:   https://www.safetravel.govt.nz/south-east-asia

ANZBC Singapore Chapter Chair:  http://asean.org.nz/about-us/executive-committee/

Doing business in ASEAN – Singapore

NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade Singapore profile: http://www.mfat.govt.nz/Countries/Asia-South-and-Southeast/Singapore.php

NZTE Market Overview:  https://www.nzte.govt.nz/en/export/export-markets/east-asia/singapore/

Latest monthly trade with NZ:

Trade by Commodity:   http://asean.wisdomhealthprosperity.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/NZ-ASEAN-Merchandise-Trade-Summary-July-2014.pdf

Trade with ASEAN:   http://asean.wisdomhealthprosperity.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/NZ-ASEAN-Trade-Travel-Linkages-September-2014.pdf

Singapore’s Embassy in NZ:  http://www.mfa.gov.sg/wellington

NZ Head of Mission in Singapore: NZ is represented in Singapore by The New Zealand High Commission  http://www.nzembassy.com/contact.cfm?CFID=28734895&CFTOKEN=36461489&c=28&l=74

Singapore national Newspaper:  http://www.straitstimes.com/

World Bank’s Country Profile:   http://ddp-ext.worldbank.org/ext/ddpreports/ViewSharedReport?&CF=1&REPORT_ID=9147&REQUEST_TYPE=VIEWADVANCED&HF=N&WSP=N

International Enterprise Singapore:   http://www.iesingapore.gov.sg/

Singapore FTA site:   http://www.fta.gov.sg/

Economic Development Board:   http://www.edb.gov.sg/content/edb/en.html

Business Investment in Asia (incl Singapore):   http://www.business-in-asia.com/singapore.htm

Ministry of Trade and Industry:   http://www.mti.gov.sg/Pages/home.aspx

Ministry of Foreign Affairs:   http://www.mfa.gov.sg/content/mfa/index.html

Customs Website:   http://www.customs.gov.sg/topNav/hom/index.html

Tourism Website:   www.visitsingapore.com

Import/Export Companies  (Singapore Yellow Pages)
http://www.yellowpages.com.sg/newiyp/yp/search2008.do?applicationInd=yp&applIndicator=CT&locTerm=&urlIdentifier=cat&others=y&searchType=7&accessType=9&tempSearchCriteria=importer+exporter&Ntt=importer+exporter&Ntk=Classification+C-B&N=0&searchCriteria=importer+exporter

Statistics Singapore:   http://www.singstat.gov.sg/

Singapore International Chamber of Commerce:   http://www.sicc.com.sg/

NZ Chamber in Singapore:   http://www.nzchamber.org.sg/

Major Banks:  http://www.singaporeupdate.com/Info_banks_fulllist.htm

Public Holidays:  http://www.asean.org/calendar/public-holidays