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Central Asia

Overview

Central Asia occupies an important geostrategic position between Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Singapore has warm relations with the Central Asian countries. Despite historical, cultural and geographical dissimilarities, Singapore and the Central Asian countries are young nations with a common aspiration to develop our economies and build up our human resources. This common goal has fostered closer relations in recent years, especially with Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. 

Singapore holds regular business forums with Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. Singapore is also negotiating a Free Trade Agreement with the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), of which Kazakhstan and the Kyrgyz Republic are members.

Central Asia and Singapore also share a continued interest in collaborating in the field of education and capacity-building. Through the Singapore Cooperation Programme (SCP), we have shared our developmental experience with more than 1200 participants from Central Asia.

Recent Highlights

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  • Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Massimov visited Singapore in March for the Lying-in-State and State Funeral Service for the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew.
  • Emeritus Senior Minister (ESM) Goh Chok Tong made an official visit to Kazakhstan from 26 to 29 September at the invitation of President Nursultan Nazarbayev.  In Astana, ESM addressed the Senate of the Parliament.
  • Minister of State (Trade and Industry) Dr Koh Poh Koon visited Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan from 20 to 26 May to discuss the Singapore-Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) Free Trade Agreement. 
  • Turkmen Deputy Prime Minister and Executive Secretary of the Office of the President Shammuhamet Durdylyev made a study visit to Singapore from 12 to 14 April to learn from Singapore’s experience in urban planning, construction, housing and infrastructure. 
  • Kazakh Chairman of the Senate of the Parliament Kassym-Jomart Tokayev visited Singapore from 31 March to 3 April at the invitation of Speaker Halimah Yacob.  Tokayev delivered the opening address at the Singapore Forum on 2 April.
  • His Excellency Bauyrzhan Baibek, Mayor of Almaty, visited Singapore from 18 to 21 November under the MFA Distinguished Visitors Programme, at the invitation of Senior Minister of State (Defence) (Foreign Affairs) Dr Mohamad Maliki Osman.
  • His Excellency Asset Issekeshev, Mayor of Astana, visited Singapore from 5 to 7 October at the invitation of Senior Minister of State (Trade and Industry) Dr Koh Poh Koon.
  • Minister of State (Foreign Affairs) Sam Tan visited Turkmenistan from 16 to 19 September, to attend the Opening Ceremony of the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG).
  • His Excellency Kairat Kelimbetov, Governor of the Astana International Financial Centre, visited Singapore from 14 to 18 September.
  • Senior Minister of State (Trade and Industry) Dr Koh Poh Koon visited the Republic of Kazakhstan from 24 to 26 July.
  • Then-Speaker of Parliament Mdm Halimah Yacob visited the Republic of Kazakhstan from 8 to 11 June to attend the Opening Ceremony of Astana EXPO 2017, at the invitation of His Excellency Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, Chairman of the Senate of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
 
  • His Excellency  Shukhrat Nazarov, First Deputy Chairman of the Republic of Uzbekistan’s State Committee for Roads, visited Singapore from 4 to 8 June.
  • Her Excellency Aigul Shaimova, Deputy Chairperson of the Republic of Kazakhstan’s Agency for Civil Service and Anti-Corruption, visited Singapore from 17 to 21 April.
  • His Excellency Abdyvakhap Nurbayev, Deputy Chairman of the Kyrgyz Republic’s Jogorku Kenesh Committee of Foreign Affairs, Defence And Security, visited Singapore from 1 to 3 March.
  • His Excellency Zhakip Assanov, Chairman of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kazakhstan, visited Singapore from 27 to 28 February.
  • Her Excellency Dr Dariga Nazarbayeva, Chairperson of the Republic of Kazakhstan’s Senate Committee for International Relations, Defence and Security, visited Singapore as the 63rd Lee Kuan Yew Exchange Fellow from 19 to 21 February.
  • His Excellency Maiwand Rahyab, Commissioner of the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, led a delegation of senior Afghan officials to visit Singapore to participate in the “Strategic Leadership and Public Governance” programme from 5 to 13 February.
  • His Excellency Zhakip Assanov, Chairman of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kazakhstan, visited Singapore from 27 to 28 February.