Readout of U.S. – Singapore Free Trade Agreement Joint Committee Meeting

October 08, 2021

WASHINGTON – United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai and Singapore Minister of Trade and Industry Gan Kim Yong today co-chaired the U.S. – Singapore Free Trade Agreement (FTA) Joint Committee meeting. Ambassador Tai and Minister Gan agreed to work together on shared areas of interest through the U.S. – Singapore FTA Framework on several issues, including related to environment, labor, digital trade, supply chains and intellectual property. 

During the conversation, Ambassador Tai outlined her vision for a worker-center trade policy and emphasized the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to American engagement and leadership in the Indo-Pacific region. Ambassador Tai and Minister Gan also discussed WTO reform, the importance of the multilateral trading system and areas of potential cooperation for a successful MC12. 

The United States and Singapore signed the U.S. - Singapore FTA in 2003, the United States’ first FTA with an Asian nation. Their discussion highlighted the importance of the bilateral trade and investment relationship between the United States and Singapore.