President of Singapore Tony Tan Keng Yam visited India

The two nations had wide-range of discussions to enhance bilateral relations and to strengthen cooperation on regional and international issues. They agreed to raise the partnership to a higher level.

Feb 16, 2015 17:00 IST
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President of Singapore Dr. Tony Tan Keng Yam was on a State visit of India between 8 and 11 February 2015. He visited India at the invitation of the President Pranab Mukherjee.

His visit highlighted the celebrations on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Singapore.

During his visit, he was accompanied by a delegation that included the Minister in Prime Minister's Office, Second Minister for Environment and Water Resources and Second Minister for Foreign Affairs Grace Fu, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Second Minister for Communications and Information Lawrence Wong, Parliamentarians and senior officials.

During his visit, President Tan was accorded a Ceremonial Welcome at Rashtrapati Bhavan following which he laid a wreath at Raj Ghat. He also met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

Main Highlights of his Visit

• Both the countries agreed to enhance bilateral relations and strengthen cooperation on regional and international issues to raise partnership to a higher level
• Both the countries also agreed to cover new focus areas that will directly feed into development process of the two nations and they were
a) Specific initiatives to develop Smart cities and urban rejuvenation
b) Promote Skill development
c) Measures to Speed up connectivity and coastal and port development
d) Strengthening linkages with the North East of India
e) Projects to Scale up investments in the new development initiatives launched in India
f) To enhancing exchanges with the State of India
• They also agreed to share their experiences in science and technology, space and other areas to enhance productivity and efficiency as well as broadening cooperation in fighting terrorism

Apart from this, President Tan also inaugurated the Singapore Festival in India tomorrow, launched the commemorative book titled Singapore and India: Towards A Shared Future, opened the Peranakan Exhibition at National Museum and hosted a Food Festival themed Flavours Of Singapore.


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