Republic of Singapore
Brazil and Singapore established diplomatic relations in 1967, and the Embassy of Brazil was established in 1979. In 2013, on the occasion of visit to Brazil of the Foreign Minister of Singapore, K Shanmugam, the Embassy of Singapore in Brasília was inaugurated, the only resident diplomatic mission of Singapore in Latin America.
Originally focused on trade issues, the bilateral agenda was expanded and now includes partnerships in shipbuilding, port and airport logistics, education, science, technology, and innovation.
In 2017, Singapore was the main destination for Brazilian exports among the countries that are members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), with imports of Brazilian products reaching 2.734 billion dollars. In the same year, Brazil ran a bilateral trade surplus with Singapore of 2.088 billion dollars.
Singapore is the fourth-largest Asian investor in Brazil, with business operations in the shipbuilding and airport sectors, and capital participation in Brazilian companies operating in the fields of infrastructure, education, hospital services, among others. More than ten Brazilian companies have branch offices in Singapore.
Chronology of Bilateral Relations
1967 – Establishment of diplomatic relations
1979 – Inauguration of the Embassy of Brazil in Singapore
2008 – The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Celso Amorim, visits Singapore
2010 – The Secretary-General of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Antonio de Aguiar Patriota, visits Singapore
2012 – The Minister of Trade of Singapore, Lim Hng Kiang, visits Brazil
2012 – The Minister of Transportation, Lui Tuck Yew, visits Brazil
2012 – The Minister of Environment of Singapore, Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan, visits Brazil, on the occasion of the Rio+20 Summit
2014 – The President of the Republic, Dilma Rousseff , visits Singapore in a technical stopover en route to the G20 meeting in Brisbane, Australia (November)