Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsien Loong will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Australia and Singapore over a 'barbie' tonight.
The two prime ministers will also discuss Australia’s economic, defence and security links with the host country. Singapore is Australia's fifth largest trading partner with two-way trade already worth $30 billion annually.
Mr Abbott will be helping to open a James Cook University campus, and spruiking the Coalition's recently announced White Paper on Developing Northern Australia, which includes a $5 billion concessional loan program for infrastructure development.
According to an ABC report, Mr Abbott is also hosting what is being billed as a "high-level investment roundtable" with Singapore's leading firms to encourage them to invest in infrastructure development and other commercial opportunities.
During the trip, the two prime ministers are also expected to sign an agreement to work more closely on countering violent extremism and other security issues.
Source: News Limited