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Chile; New Zealand; Singapore: Digital Trade Agreement Signed

(June 17, 2020) On June 12, 2020, the governments of Chile, New Zealand, and Singapore signed the Digital Economy Partnership Agreement (DEPA) in an online ceremony, with e-signature tools utilized. Negotiations for the agreement were launched in May 2019 when the trade ministers of the three countries met and “discussed ways to maximize the contributions that […]

Singapore: COVID-19 Control Orders Extended to June 1

(May 7, 2020) On April 30, 2020, Singapore’s minister for health made an amendment to the COVID‑19 (Temporary Measures) (Control Order) Regulations 2020 to extend the expiration date of the COVID-19 control orders under the regulations to June 1, 2020. The Control Order Regulations, which had been originally issued on April 7, 2020, under the authorization […]

Singapore: Singaporean Courts Hear Only Essential and Urgent Matters During COVID-19 Outbreak, Largely Through Zoom

(May 1, 2020) On April 24, 2020, Singapore’s chief justice announced an extension to June 1, 2020, of the period during which the courts of Singapore would hear only essential and urgent matters in order to slow local transmission of COVID-19. On the same day, the Supreme Court, state courts, and family justice courts each […]

New Zealand; Singapore: New Declaration on Trade in Essential Goods for Combating the COVID-19 Pandemic

(Apr. 17, 2020) On April 15, 2020, the governments of New Zealand and Singapore “launched a new trade initiative to ensure supply chain connectivity and the removal of blockages to trade in a list of essential products that includes medicines, medical and surgical equipment.” The initiative builds on a joint statement by the two countries in […]

Singapore: New Payment Services Act Takes Effect

(Apr. 17, 2020) On January 28, 2020, Singapore’s new Payment Services Act went into effect. The Act unifies and streamlines the regulatory requirements for various payment services provided in Singapore, including electronic payments and cryptocurrency dealing and exchange services. The Act was passed by Parliament on January 14, 2019. The Act regulates seven types of […]

Singapore: Government Distributes Reusable Masks to All Households

(Apr. 6, 2020) In remarks on the coronavirus situation delivered on April 3, 2020, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced that the government of Singapore would no longer discourage people who are well from wearing protective masks. Rather, according to the prime minister, the government would distribute reusable masks to all households in Singapore beginning […]

Singapore: Payment Services Act Passed, Regulating Cryptocurrency Dealing or Exchange Services

(Apr. 17, 2019) On January 14, 2019, the Parliament of Singapore passed the Payment Services Act, bringing cryptocurrency dealing or exchange services under the supervision of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), the city-state’s central bank and financial regulator. (Payment Services Act 2019, No. 2 of 2019 (Jan. 14, 2019, assented to by the President […]

Singapore: Bans on Two Clerics and Certain Books

(Nov. 9, 2017) It was reported on October 30, 2017, that Singapore has banned two foreign Islamic religious leaders from preaching during cruises and has prohibited the circulation of four foreign books in the country. The Islamic clerics have been denied permission to enter Singapore for the purpose of joining religiously themed sea cruises scheduled […]

Singapore: Teenage Blogger Sentenced to Jail Time

(Oct. 5, 2016) It was reported on September 30, 2016, that a 17-year-old blogger in Singapore was sentenced to six weeks in jail on charges of “wounding religious feelings” after he “pleaded guilty to posting comments on the Internet criticizing Christianity and Islam.” (Emelina Perez, Singapore Court Jails Teen Blogger, PAPER CHASE (Sept. 30, 2016).) […]