About Mongolia – Singapore Cooperation
Mongolia and the Republic of Singapore established diplomatic relations on 11 June 1970. Bilateral relations of two countries have developed more intensively since early 1990s as Mongolia started its democratic reforms and transition from centrally planned economy to market one. Mongolia opened its Trade Representative’s Office in Singapore in 1992 giving a particular importance to expanding its economic and trade ties with Singapore and other countries in the region. In 2002 Mongolia opened its Consulate-General’s Office which was upgraded to full Embassy in January 2008. The first resident Ambassador of Mongolia Purevjav Gansukh presented his credentials to President S.R.Natan on 24 April 2008.
Over the past years the two countries have enjoyed friendly relations and developed fruitful cooperation in economic, social and other sectors. Today, Singapore is one of the largest trading partners of Mongolia in the Southeast Asian region. The total trade turnover between the two countries has increased from US$ 10.7 million in 2000 to US$ 45.3 million in 2008. Singapore’s investment in Mongolia has also boosted up dramatically in recent years. In November 2009 the Singapore Cooperation Enterprise and the World Bank signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of Mongolia on the implementation of the project entitled “Capacity-building in Southern Mongolia to support public-private partnership (PPP) in developing mining infrastructure”.
Since 1993 the Government of Singapore under its Cooperation Programme (SCP) has provided trainings in Singapore for more than 180 Mongolian officials in various fields such as English language, information technology, finance and management, urban and environmental management, tourism and etc. In 2009 the Temasek Foundation in cooperation with the Singapore Nanyang Politechnic and the National Productivity and Development Centre of Mongolia implemented the training programme for 90 senior officials and specialists from the government, non-governmental institutions and private enterprises of Mongolia providing the funding of USD364, 000 (SGD513, 920).
As Mongolia’s economy develops and diversifies, it will open up more opportunities for the expansion of economic and business links between Mongolia and Singapore.
The Governments of two countries have been working well together within regional and international organizations including ASEAN Regional Forum, Asian Cooperation Dialogue and the United Nations.
1990 – B.Sharavsambuu, Vice Chairman, Council of Ministers, Government of Mongolia
1993 – R.Sandalkhan, Minister for Infrastructure Development
1994 – J.Choinkhor, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs
1995 – P.Jasrai, Prime Minister of Mongolia
2001 – N.Bagabandi, President of Mongolia
2002 – Ts.Tsogoo, Deputy Minister for Defense
2002 – N.Enkhbayar, Prime Minister of Mongolia
2005 – Ts.Elbegdorj, Prime Minister of Mongolia
2011 – S.Batbold, Prime Minister of Mongolia
2013 – Ts.Elbegdorj, President of Mongolia
List of Agreements established between two countries
- Agreement between the Government of Mongolia and the Government of the Republic of Singapore on Air Services (1993)
- Agreement between the Government of Mongolia and the Government of the Republic of Singapore on the Promotion and Reciprocal Protection of Investments (1995)
- Agreement between the Government of Mongolia and the Government of the Republic of Singapore on the Avoidance of Double Taxation (2002)