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  • GROUP MEMBERS: CORRINNE KANG (3) GRACE LIM (4) LIM E E (8) SARAH YEO (24) Diplomacy (Regional Relations)
  • Contents
    • Examples of Singapore’s participation in regional relations
    • Benefits of regional relations to Singapore
    • Explanation of why regional relations is more beneficial than other forms of diplomacy
    • Bibliography
  • Regional Diplomacy
    • Refer to the conduct of relations between countries that belong to an identifiable geographic region
    • Makes countries aware that neighbourhood cooperation works to mutual benefit, both economically and politically
    • Examples: ASEAN(Association of Southeast Asian Nations) and EU(European Union)
  • Singapore’s regional relations
    • ASEAN(Association of Southeast Asian Nations)
    • APEC(Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation)
  • ASEAN
    • Member states: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia
    • Aim: To maintain stability in the region and build trust
    • Initiatives: ASEAN Free Trade Area(ATFA) and ASEAN Regional Forum(ARF)
  • Singapore’s participation in ASEAN
    • Singapore Cooperation Programme(SCP): scholarships are offered to students in other ASEAN countries- students can then contribute to their country’s development after receiving a good education
    • ASEAN Integration(IAI) project: to narrow economic gap between member countries such as Cambodia- 5-year aid package of $80 million was given
  • APEC
    • Member economies: 21 Pacific Rim countries
    • Aim: To promote free trade and economic cooperation throughout the Asia-Pacific region
    • Initiatives: Business Facilitation Efforts and APEC Study Centre Consortium
  • Singapore’s participation in APEC
    • The ABCA(APEC Business Advisory Council) in Singapore acts as a feedback channel where the views of the business community on issues pertaining to trade and investment are made known to the economic leaders
    • Singapore hosted the APEC CEO Summit in 2009
  • Benefits of Singapore of regional relations to Singapore
    • Economic gains come from trade agreements & Singapore benefits as ASEAN forms a rich hinterland of diverse resources which she can tap on.
    • Gains regional peace and security as there are no armed conflict happening in the region (The ASEAN Regional Forum allows for conflicts, differences to be settled in a peaceful way)
    • By establishing regional relations, Singapore is in a better position when dealing with other countries or oragnistions
  • Why regional relations is more beneficial than other forms of diplomacy?
    • Compared to bilateral relations, regional relations have more benefits:
    • Regional relations allow Singapore to be in a better position when dealing with other countries or associations (Eg. EU, SAARAC)
    • Regional relations provide a better platform for countries to communicate and these countries will be able to discuss security issues and resolve conflicts peacefully. (ASEAN Regional Forum) This platform also allow countries to manage their environmental issues through peaceful dialogue. (Eg. Haze problem)
    • Compared to international relations, regional relations have more benefits:
    • Neighbours who are nearer to our country can render help to us faster when it is needed. (E.g. our water supply is bought from Malaysia, our closest neighbour)
    • Regional economic integration-Regional relations help Singapore to create a stronger regional market by economical cooperation with our regional neighbours, ensuring that we always have a strong economy. (E.g. economic agreements with Taiwan, Malaysia, India, Japan and many members of ASEAN)
    Why regional relations is more beneficial than other forms of diplomacy?
  • Bibliography
    • ASEAN Foundation Research Scholarship http://www.aseanfoundation.org/index2.php?main=news/2008/2008-11-18.php
    • AFTA
    • http://www.aseansec.org/4920.htm http://www.aseansec.org/viewpdf.asp?file=/pdf/afta.pdf
    • ARF
    • Social Studies Textbook Pg 181-185
    • GuideMeSingapore Blog
    • http://blog.guidemesingapore.com/economy/b824-singapore-forging-strong-regional-ties