Peter Govindasamy

Director, International Trade Cluster, Singapore Ministry of Trade and Industry

Peter Govindasamy works for Singapore’s Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI). As Director of the International Trade Cluster, he is overseeing WTO Policy and Negotiations; the economic aspects of UN Climate Change Negotiations; and Goods, Services & Investment Policy and Negotiations. Before joining the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI), he spent 8 years with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA). At MFA, he worked on Foreign Economic Policy issues, European Union matters and International Organisations such as the ILO, IAEA, WTO and the UN. Since joining MTI in 1998, he has had extensive FTA experience as lead negotiator for Services, and Rules issues in a number of Singapore’s FTAs. In addition, he  served two stints in Geneva, 1995-98 (as First Secretary) and 2003-09 (as Counsellor). Between 2005-09, he chaired the WTO-DDA negotiations on Domestic Regulations in Services, and  has circulated a draft text. He also served as the Vice-Chairman of the Committee on Import Licensing Measures in 2005 and 2006. He has further chaired the ASEAN-India FTA (Services) negotiations. Peter is also lead for Singapore’s Investment Guarantee Agreement (IGA) negotiations. He concluded the IGA negotiations with Iran (in 2011) and Colombia (in 2013). 

Aside from his foreign and trade policy and negotiations experience, Peter has also had a stint in MTI’s Energy Division. He is a member of the Singapore's delegation to the UNFCCC negotiations. He holds a honours degree (2nd Class Upper Division) in Economics from  the National University of Singapore, and an LLM in International Commercial Law (with distinction) from the University of Nottingham (United Kingdom). The LLM course was done in the context of the Raffles-Chevening Scholarship programme.

Bridges news

19 February 2016
A new climate regime calls for further cooperation between the trade and climate communities in order to build a more sustainable future. The Paris Agreement concluded at the Twenty-First Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP21) in December in Paris...