American contact with Singapore began in the 1800s when merchant ships visited Singapore’s port for trade and commerce. Britain claimed Singapore as a colony in 1826 and maintained control until 1963 when Singapore declared independence and briefly joined the Federation of Malaysia. Two years later Singapore re-declared independence and the United States granted diplomatic recognition on August 11, 1965. The United States opened its embassy in 1966, and has since facilitated partnerships like a 2003 bilateral free trade agreement.
- Speaking to Singaporean students at the “Open Little Eyes” program, a conference on problems facing third world countries, including humanitarian issues and good governance
- Taking part in World Water Day, March 22nd, to clean up the Singapore River and raise awareness about water resource management
- Producing a video chat between U.S. Ambassador David Adelman and students at Temasek Junior College
- Supporting Marines from the embassy in donating toys to children at the Jamiyah Children’s Home as part of the Toys for Tots program
Counseling U.S. businesses on intellectual property rights, financial services, electronic commerce, and other key business issues