ASEAN KEY DESTINATIONS
Singapore, India sign strategic partnership to boost cooperation in key areas
SINGAPORE: India and Singapore on Tuesday (Nov 24) signed a joint declaration on a Strategic Partnership which will expand cooperation between the two countries in key areas such as connectivity and economic cooperation.
This comes as India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in Singapore for a two-day visit at the invitation of Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. The visit holds special significance as both countries commemorate 50 years of diplomatic ties this year.
Both Prime Ministers inked the Strategic Partnership just before lunch on Tuesday. It outlines the two countries’ interest in expanding cooperation in key areas like smart cities and urban solutions.
The Strategic Partnership also highlighted the importance of enhancing connectivity between India and the region, including the expansion of air links, to help promote further trade and investment between the two countries as well as people-to-people links.
The two leaders also witnessed the signing of other agreements, including one on defence signed by Singapore Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen and Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.
The revised Defence Cooperation agreement will see both sides establishing a regular Defence Ministers' Dialogue, deepen cooperation in several areas, including maritime security. It will also explore further cooperation in areas such as defence technology, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.
A memorandum of understanding was also signed to enhance cooperation against drug trafficking, and another on cybersecurity, which will see Singapore and India collaborate on technology and research as well as exchange best practices.
Another agreement aims to promote collaboration in urban planning and wastewater management. There was also an agreement to extend the long-term loan of nine artefacts from the Archaeological Survey of India to the Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM).
As part of ACM’s revamp, five of these artefacts are already prominently displayed in the Ancient Religions Gallery. The others will be part of an important display in the gallery on later Hinduism and Buddhism, to be completed by early 2017.
VISIT TO ITE, SPECIAL ADDRESS AT SINGAPORE-INDIA CONVENTION ON AGENDA
Mr Modi received a ceremonial welcome at the Istana earlier on Tuesday. PM Modi then called on Singapore's President Tony Tan Keng Yam, before meeting with Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong.
While in Singapore, PM Modi will be making a visit to the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) College Central to learn more about Singapore's approach to vocational and education and skills training. He will also be delivering a special address at the Singapore-India Economic Convention, before wrapping up his visit.
Mr Modi is accompanied by India's National Security Adviser, his foreign secretary, along with other senior officials.
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