As the Head of State, the President is the figure representing Singapore at ceremonies domestically and internationally.
The President opens each Session of Parliament and delivers an address laying out the key priorities of the Government.
The President officiates at swearing-in ceremonies of key appointment holders such as the Prime Minister, Cabinet Ministers, the Chief Justice and Judges of the Supreme Court.
The President presides over the annual National Day Parade.
The President confers awards, such as the National Day Awards, on the advice of the Cabinet.
All foreign ambassadors and high commissioners will present their credentials to the President before assuming office in Singapore.
The President also presents letters of credence to Singapore's ambassadors and high commissioners before they assume office overseas.
The President promotes ties between Singapore and other countries by hosting visiting dignitaries and making state visits overseas.
A meeting between countries at the Head of State level is the highest form of diplomatic exchange. Such exchanges promote international and bilateral cooperation in areas such as trade and investments, defence, education, research and development, and arts and culture.
The President is responsible for safeguarding the national reserves and the integrity of the public service. The President also receives foreign dignitaries, officiates at state functions and performs other ceremonial and community duties.
Besides official functions, the President actively supports community and social causes. The President often graces events organised by grassroots, community and welfare groups, as well as ethnic and religious organisations.
The portraits of President Halimah and her spouse, Mr Mohamed Abdullah Alhabshee, are displayed in public buildings. The Presidential Standard is flown at the Istana in the day, when the President is in the country. The Presidential Crest is used on state crockery, gifts and stationery related to the President.