The issue of free trade agreements and CECAF was debated during the 2020 parliamentary elections in Singapore between the ruling People`s Action Party (PAP) and various opposition parties.    Tan Cheng Bock, a former Member of Parliament of the People`s Action Party (PSP) who is campaigning in the elections as a PSP politician, has promised to seek a review of the CACE if elected, including under one of the conditions allowing the free movement of Indian workers in at least 127 sectors, Enter singapore and work there.  However, the temporary free movement of natural persons is not unusual in trade agreements and is also present in other free trade agreements signed by Singapore with Australia and New Zealand, for example. None of them grants an unlimited right of entry to foreign professionals. The Ministry of Trade and Industry estimates that in 2018, free trade agreements helped Singaporean companies benefit from tariff concessions amounting to about $1.2 billion for sales in overseas markets and increase market access opportunities for the services sector in a number of sectors such as financial services, education, health, logistics and transport services, while increasing quality jobs for Singaporeans. I didn`t do it. They also offer padding against the vagaries of geopolitics, which are having a growing impact on trade, including Singapore`s food security. “None of our free trade agreements (free trade agreements), including CECAF, require us to automatically grant EPs to foreigners,” the spokesman said. “All foreigners who apply for the PE must meet our current criteria and all companies must respect the rules of fairness.” Last week`s cuts to Resorts World Sentosa – and reports that Marina Bay Sands is likely to follow – have added grist to that mill. The nearly two dozen free trade agreements (SAAs) signed by Singapore, particularly those for which trade in services has been explicitly included in the agreements, such as with India and Australia, are an easy target to suspect. Today, it is undeniable that both sides have won.
If you pass by the images of the large number of Indian faces at lunchtime in areas such as the Marina Bay Financial Centre and the Changi Business Park, focused on information technology, Ceca has delivered for Singapore. Official data on Statlink shows that bilateral trade increased from $16.6 billion in 2005 to $24.3 billion $US last year. Singaporean business investment in India rose from $1.3 billion in 2005 to $60.9 billion at the end of 2018. In this context, the stagnation of trade liberalization and the transfer of goods to trade in services, Singapore and like-minded countries have seen free trade agreements as a useful way to halt the expansion of trade, waiting for the rest of the world to catch up. . . .