Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Singapore)

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA; Malay: Kementerian Ehwal Luar Negeri; Chinese: 新加坡外交部; Tamil: வெளியுறவு அமைச்சு) is a ministry of the Government of Singapore responsible for conducting and managing diplomatic relations between Singapore and other countries and regions.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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Agency overview
Formed9 August 1965; 57 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
  • Albert Chua,
    Permanent Secretary
  • Stanley Loh,
    Permanent Secretary (Development)
  • Ng Teck Hean,
    Deputy Secretary (Asia Pacific)
  • Ong Eng Chuan,
    Deputy Secretary (Management)
  • Foo Chi Hsia, Deputy Secretary (Southeast Asia and ASEAN)
List of diplomatic missions of Singapore

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also provides consular assistance to Singaporeans travelling, working and studying overseas.

Organisational structureEdit

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 ministry 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 (SCP) 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 has maintain 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. The incumbent minister is Vivian Balakrishnan from the People's Action Party.

Portrait Minister Term start Term end Tenure Political party Ref.
Sinnathamby Rajaratnam 9 August 1965 30 May 1980 14 years, 295 days   People's Action Party
Suppiah Dhanabalan 1 June 1980 12 September 1988 8 years, 103 days
  Wong Kan Seng 13 September 1988 1 January 1994 5 years, 110 days
  Shunmugam Jayakumar 2 January 1994 12 August 2004 10 years, 223 days
  George Yeo 12 August 2004 20 May 2011 6 years, 281 days
  Kasiviswanathan Shanmugam 21 May 2011 30 September 2015 4 years, 132 days
  Vivian Balakrishnan 1 October 2015 Incumbent 7 years, 176 days [2][3]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Singapore Budget" (PDF).
  2. ^ Ong, Justin (28 September 2015). "Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announces Singapore's new Cabinet". Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved 1 October 2015.
  3. ^ 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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