Singapore and Australia held a successful meeting to discuss their Comprehensive Strategic Partnership and ways to enhance cooperation and regional stability.

Singapore and Australia’s 13th Joint Ministerial Committee (SAJMC) meeting took place on May 2, 2023, to discuss their Comprehensive Strategic Partnership (CSP). The ministers exchanged views on regional and global issues of mutual concern, including the security situation in the Asia-Pacific region and the importance of upholding the rules-based international order. They expressed their support for a peaceful resolution of disputes in the region, based on international law, including UNCLOS.

The ministers also discussed the progress made across six key areas of the CSP – economics and trade, defence and security, science and innovation, people-to-people, digital economy, and green economy – and explored new strategic areas for cooperation. The potential for collaboration in the green economy, including clean energy, sustainable agriculture, and waste management, was also discussed.

Both countries reaffirmed their commitment to promoting sustainable development and combating climate change, and discussed the potential for collaboration in these areas. They also noted the significant contributions of the Singaporean and Australian communities to each other’s societies and explored ways to enhance people-to-people ties further.

The meeting provided an opportunity for Singapore’s ministers to catch up with Australia’s Minister for Industry and Science, Ed Husic, and Shadow Foreign Minister, Senator Birmingham. Both countries affirmed their commitment to working with partners in Southeast Asia to ensure the region remains open, stable, and prosperous.

Overall, the 13th SAJMC meeting was a productive gathering that reaffirmed the strong and enduring partnership between Singapore and Australia. The ministers discussed ways to enhance their partnership and regional stability and prosperity.

Sourced from Singapore MFA and Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan’s Instagram