PM Lee to meet top India leaders during five-day work visit
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong arrives in New Delhi on Monday (Oct 3) for a five-day working visit, where he will meet key office-holders like Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Pranab Mukherjee.
This is Mr Lee’s first visit to India since the signing of the India-Singapore Strategic Partnership last November. He last visited in December 2012 during the Asean-India Commemorative Summit.
Mr Modi will welcome and host Mr Lee to lunch on Tuesday, where the two prime ministers will also witness the signing two memoranda of understanding (MOU) on cooperation in skills development exchanged between the Institute of Technical Education’s Education Services and the Indian National Skills Development Cooperation and the Government of Assam.
Mr Lee will also call on President Mukherjee, receive a call by Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj and attend a reception for Singaporeans based in India.
Mr Lee is slated to arrive at Udaipur on Wednesday evening, a popular destination known for its lakes, gardens and palaces. He will be hosted to lunch by Chief Minister of Rajasthan state Vasundhara Raje.
Mr Lee will also attend the launch of the Centre of Excellence for Tourism Training, which is part of the Republic’s skills development collaboration under the strategic partnership.
He will also witness the signing of an MOU on cooperation in tourism and urban solutions, and a grant agreement on capacity-building in tourism and connectivity.
Mr Lee’s visit coincides with that of a business mission comprising representatives from 43 companies, government organisations and business associations here.
Led by the Singapore Business Federation (SBF), International Enterprise Singapore, Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industries, and the Building & Construction Authority, the business delegation will attend the India-Singapore Business forum co-organised with Confederation of Indian Industries, and meet businesses in India.
This is SBF’s largest business delegation to South Asia. SBF chairman Teo Siong Seng said the mission aims to obtain first-hand understanding of the business environment and opportunities, and obtain updates of the reforms introduced by the government since Mr Modi took office in 2014.
He said: It is encouraging to see a surge in participation and interest to engage the Indian market, especially from the small- and medium-sized enterprises in the infrastructure, manufacturing and professional service sectors. We hope to better understand key reforms such as the Goods and Services Tax introduction, progress in the smart cities, infrastructure development and potential for our manufacturers.
New areas of cooperation have been introduced in an MOU to be exchanged at the forum, including business-matching, promoting friendship between young business leaders, and helping companies in dispute resolution.
Source: Government of Singapore