Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Singapore)

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Singapore logo.jpg
Agency overview
Formed9 August 1965; 56 years ago (1965-08-09)
JurisdictionGovernment of Singapore
Headquarters1 Sherwood Road, Singapore 248163
MottoEstablishing Our Place in the World
Employees1,616 (2018)[1]
Annual budgetDecrease S$466.70 million (2019) [1]
Ministers responsible
Agency executives
  • Chee Wee Kiong, Permanent Secretary
  • Stanley Loh[2], Second Permanent Secretary
  • Ng Teck Hean, Deputy Secretary (Asia Pacific and SE Asia)
  • Ong Eng Chuan, Deputy Secretary (Management)
Child agency

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.

Organisational structure[edit]

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.


  People's Action Party

List of ministers[edit]

Portrait Name Party Took office Left office Tenure Ref.
Blank.JPG Sinnathamby Rajaratnam PAP 9 August 1965 30 May 1980 14 years, 295 days
Blank.JPG Suppiah Dhanabalan PAP 1 June 1980 12 September 1988 8 years, 103 days
WongKanSeng-20060314.jpg Wong Kan Seng PAP 13 September 1988 1 January 1994 5 years, 110 days
Jayakumar (1).jpg Shunmugam Jayakumar PAP 2 January 1994 12 August 2004 10 years, 223 days
George Yeo by Michael Wuertenberg.jpg George Yeo PAP 12 August 2004 20 May 2011 6 years, 281 days
K Shanmugam crop.jpg Kasiviswanathan Shanmugam PAP 21 May 2011 30 September 2015 4 years, 132 days
Vivian Balakrishnan - 2010 (cropped).jpg Vivian Balakrishnan PAP 1 October 2015 present 5 years, 351 days [3][4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Singapore Budget" (PDF).
  2. ^ "Changes in Permanent Secretary Appointments - 1 November 2019". Public Service Division. 1 November 2019. Retrieved 13 October 2020.
  3. ^ Ong, Justin (28 September 2015). "Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announces Singapore's new Cabinet". Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved 1 October 2015.
  4. ^ Mahmud, Aqil Haziq (25 July 2020). "PM Lee announces new Cabinet; 6 office holders promoted, 3 retirements". CNA. Archived from the original on 25 July 2020. Retrieved 25 July 2020.

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