U.S. Embassy Singapore's Commitment to Advocacy, Access, and Availability

Posted by David Adelman
May 20, 2010
Singapore Waterfront and Business District

Learn more: National Export Initiative (NEI) was foremost in my mind before we arrived in Singapore last month. In my first week on the job, I met with representatives of some of the leading U.S. businesses with operations here to brainstorm about what it will take to meet the ambitious goal of the NEI to double U.S. exports over the next five years. I pledged to the American businesses in Singapore that our embassy would deliver the "Three A's": advocacy, access, and availability. We would provide aggressive advocacy on their behalf to the government, facilitate direct access to Singapore's regulators and that our embassy personnel would be available 24/7.

Singapore has a small population, but it packs a wallop in the trade arena. Singapore is our eleventh largest export market and our largest destination for foreign investment in Asia, exceeding even China. As a major trading hub with the world's busiest container port, Singapore plays host to more than 1500 U.S. companies with substantial operations in Asia. Often, these offices are regional headquarters. The decisions American companies make today for their Asian operations often come out of their Singapore offices.

For U.S. companies thinking of exporting, or seeking new export markets, there are few places better to start than Singapore. Singapore is ranked number one in the World Bank's Ease of Doing Business report making it a great gateway for American business in Asia. The country has established trade networks all over Asia. The population is predominantly English-speaking and well-versed in the Western style of doing business.

In the last year, our embassy hosted U.S. Ambassadors to other countries in the region to meet with local U.S. businesses to showcase export and investment opportunities in their countries. I plan to do some traveling of my own this year, as well, meeting businesses face to face back in the United States to promote more exports to and through Singapore. I also hope to lead Internet webinars with U.S. businesses to promote specific industries. This October, we will be working with the American Chamber of Commerce here to organize a regional business conference.

If you are interested in exporting to Singapore, please call 1-800-USA-TRADE or contact our U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service office at the U.S. Embassy in Singapore to learn more about export opportunities and the services we provide. You can visit us online.



Prof. K.
June 18, 2010

Prof. Barbara B.K. in Singapore writes:

Good afternoon, I am a scientist working at A*STAR and have noticed that the British and French and Swiss diplomatic corps are interested and supportive the science and scientists here. There is a good representation of senior scientists in Singapore, including two members of the US National Academy of Sciences. Does David Adelman intend to pay some attention to the scientific scholarly activities going on in Singapore?

Ambassador A.
June 18, 2010

Ambassador David Adelman writes:

Dear Professor,

Thanks for your response! I and my Embassy team support collaborative S&T activities between the United States and Singapore and anticipate increasing growth as we look forward.

In the last couple of years we have dramatically increased scientific partnership activities with Singapore academic & research institutions in power & energy, health sciences, modeling & simulation and materials science.

The Embassy would welcome an opportunity to visit A*STAR to speak with you and to learn more about your research.

Ambassador David Adelman

Barbara K.
July 14, 2010

Barbara B.K. writes:

Dear Ambassador Adelman, I regret I did not return to this site for an answer to my previous correspondence. Alas, I am not used to blog correspondance.

Yesterday the A*STAR Graduate Academy hosted a noteworthy annual ceremony, at Fusionopolis, for the A*STAR scholars who are off to US and British Universities to do either their undergraduate or graduate work in the sciences. Singapore has been largely influenced by Great Britain in scientific affairs but indeed many of their young scholars are attending Universities in the US. I had hoped to find someone from the US Embassy at this festive occasion, the British High Commissioner was present.

As part of this educational drive we have hosted a young A*STAR scholar in our lab for the last year, who did her undergraduate work at the University of Wisconsin and who is returning there in very early August for her graduate studies. We had another A*STAR scholar the previous year who also did her undergraduate work at the University of Wisconsin and who is now pursuing graduate studies at Stanford. These young scientists are the future of Singapore science, the A*STAR scholarship program is a remarkable way to address a Talent/Manpower issue in this emerging nation. This is why I had hoped to find someone from the US Embassy at this festive occasion. The British High Commissioner was present, as usual. Is there a scientific attache here in Singapore? If so I would be happy to talk with him/her about what could be possible.

Again, thank you for your response.

R. B.
August 3, 2010

Ambassador Adelman replies:

Dear Professor,

Thank you for your follow-up question!

I commend you on your work with young A*Star scholars. The embassy representative who covers science and technology issues recently met with the A*Star scholars to congratulate them on their accomplishments and answer their questions about university life in the America. I know they are a talented group of young scientists.

If you would like to follow up with the embassy’s science and technology attaché, please contact us at singaporeusembassy@state.gov . We would be happy to hear some of your ideas.

Ambassador David Adelman


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