Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Singapore)
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|Formed||9 August 1965|
|Jurisdiction||Government of Singapore|
|Headquarters||1 Sherwood Road, Singapore 248163|
|Motto||Establishing Our Place in the World|
|Annual budget||S$466.70 million (2019) |
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (abbreviation: MFA; Chinese: 新加坡外交部; Malay: Kementerian Ehwal Luar Negeri; Tamil: வெளிநாட்டு அலுவல்கள் அமைச்சு) is a ministry of the Government of Singapore responsible for conducting and managing diplomatic relations between Singapore and other countries and regions. It is headed by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the office currently held by Dr Vivian Balakrishnan.
The Ministry was established on 9 August 1965.
The MFA provides consular assistance to Singaporeans travelling, working and studying overseas.
The Ministry now has 50 overseas missions including 7 High Commissions, 21 Embassies, 4 Permanent Missions to the United Nations, and 17 consulates. Singapore has appointed 31 Honorary Consuls-General/Consuls abroad and has 46 non-resident Ambassadors and High Commissioners based in Singapore.
The MFA is currently divided into 11 Directorates which deal with political and economic matters, and 7 Directorates which oversee matters relating to protocol, consular issues and the Singapore Cooperation Programme among others. The Corporate Affairs Directorate oversees organisational and resource management while the Human Resource Directorate and Diplomatic Academy manage the development of personnel and training.
Singapore maintains diplomatic relations with 188 countries. In Singapore, there are 70 resident foreign Embassies and High Commissions, 43 foreign Consulates, and 11 International Organisations based in Singapore. In addition, more than 60 non-resident foreign Ambassadors are accredited to Singapore.
The Ministry is headed by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, who is appointed as part of the Cabinet of Singapore.
List of ministers
|Portrait||Name||Party||Took office||Left office||Tenure||Ref.|
|Sinnathamby Rajaratnam||PAP||9 August 1965||30 May 1980||14 years, 295 days|
|Suppiah Dhanabalan||PAP||1 June 1980||12 September 1988||8 years, 103 days|
|Wong Kan Seng||PAP||13 September 1988||1 January 1994||5 years, 110 days|
|Shunmugam Jayakumar||PAP||2 January 1994||12 August 2004||10 years, 223 days|
|George Yeo||PAP||12 August 2004||20 May 2011||6 years, 281 days|
|Kasiviswanathan Shanmugam||PAP||21 May 2011||30 September 2015||4 years, 132 days|
|Vivian Balakrishnan||PAP||1 October 2015||present||5 years, 351 days|||
- List of current foreign ministers
- Foreign relations of Singapore
- List of diplomatic missions of Singapore
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