SINGAPORE – United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai yesterday met with several Singapore government officials to discuss the U.S. – Singapore trade relationship and the development of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework’s (IPEF) ahead of the Senior Officials Meeting in Australia next month. Ambassador Tai met with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Lawrence Wong, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan, Minster of Trade and Investment, Gan Kim Yong, Minister of State and Deputy Secretary General, Desmond Tan, and Minister of Communications and Information, Josephine Teo.
Ambassador Tai underscored the United States’ commitment to an open, free, secure and prosperous Indo-Pacific Region. She highlighted the strong momentum generated from the September IPEF Ministerial toward developing a 21st century economic framework to tackle 21st century challenges and opportunities. Ambassador Tai noted Singapore’s support for making progress on text-based and conceptual discussions in the upcoming negotiating round. Ambassador Tai and her counterparts also discussed their shared support for technical assistance and economic cooperation in the Trade Pillar that can spark investment in the region and create market access opportunities for all businesses in the United States and the Indo-Pacific.