An urban city state, Singapore has the highest population density in Asia and the second highest in the world. Despite this, its lush vegetation—even in the middle of the city—has earned Singapore the nickname “garden city.”
Since its independence in 1965, Singapore has experienced consistent and vigorous growth. Because of its small size (719 km²), the country had no other choice than to open up its economy to the rest of the world. It is, moreover, recognized for its extraordinary economic success. Today, Singapore has the third largest economy in the world in terms of GDP per capita at purchasing power parity.
Québec in Singapore
The Québec Government Office in Singapore opened in November 2018. Its mandate is mainly economic, with a focus on promoting Québec expertise in sectors of mutual interest and identifying business opportunities and partnerships for Québec companies, institutions and organizations seeking to carve out a place in Singapore in particular and in Southeast Asia in general. The Office covers the following territories: Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Brunei.
Areas of collaboration
Québec wishes to develop collaborative relations with Singapore and the member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Dedicated to economic development, the Québec Government Office in Singapore is committed to supporting Québec companies in their market development and promoting Québec research and innovation.
Diversification of markets
Québec supports Québec companies in their efforts to develop the Singapore and Southeast Asian market, notably in the aerospace, ICT, transportation and agri-food product sectors.
Singapore is Québec’s sixth largest trading partner in Asia, with trade totaling CDN $643 million in 2017. The other countries under the responsibility of the Québec Government Office in Singapore also offer attractive business opportunities for Québec companies, notably Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.
The entry into force of the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership on December 30, 2018, of which Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei and Vietnam are signatories, will facilitate access by Québec companies to these markets. For more information on trade, please refer to the Commerce international en ligne section of the Institut de la statistique du Québec.
Promotion of Québec research and innovation
Québec supports the commercialization and promotion of innovation, notably in the fields of artificial intelligence and life sciences. Singapore is home to leading universities and advanced research centres, and is recognized as one of the most innovative countries in the world. It is particularly active in research and applications in the areas of smart cities, artificial intelligence, e-commerce and financial technologies.
Following the opening of the Québec Government Office in Singapore in 2018, and with the goal of forging closer ties with Singapore society, the Ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie launched a first call for Québec-Singapore cooperation projects in 2018.
For more information on the call for projects by the Ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie: www.mrif.gouv.qc.ca/fr/appels-a-projets
Last update: 2019-04-18 10:11:45 AM