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Bilateral Relations


Bilateral Relations

Italy and Singapore have long-standing and friendly relations. Italy was one of the first countries to recognize Singapore after its independence in 1965. The declaration of independence is on August 14 and diplomatic relations were established a few weeks later, on October 28.

Our relations with Singapore have intensified in recent years, as witnessed by the numerous recent institutional meetings. During 2021, various representatives of the City-State government and Prime Minister Lee Hsine Long visited Italy to participate in the work of the G20 under the Italian Presidency.

On the occasion of the Ministerial G20 Research and Innovation conference held in Trieste on 5 August 2021, the Minister of Technological Innovation and Digital Transition, Vittorio Colao, and the Minister for Communications and Information of Singapore, Josephine Teo, signed an important Memorandum on digital cooperation.

On July 9th 2022 the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Hon.Luigi Di Maio made a visit to Singapore. It was an important opportunity to underline the strengthening of bilateral relations with a strategic country on a regional level, and to enhance the impulse given to the Italian initiative in the Indo-Pacific, in line with the EU strategy for this important region of the world.

On the occasion of the visit, fruitful talks were held with Minister of Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan, including on investments and innovative sectors. On the same day, in the presence of Minister Di Maio, an agreement was signed between ICE and Accelerationg Asia for collaboration on startups between Italy and Singapore. The visit was also a useful opportunity to enhance recent Italian strategic investments in the port of Singapore.

Bilateral relations can count on a large and talented community of Italians, over 5,000, and on a growing number of companies, over 300.

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