Enhancement of bilateral relations between India-Singapore
India-Singapore relationship, based on convergence of views and values and Singapore`s role as our gateway to ASEAN, is robust and expanding. It encompasses strong political understanding, close defence and security cooperation, growing complementaries in economic engagement, civilisational and cultural linkages and shared interests in bilateral and multilateral fora. H. E. President Tan was accorded a Ceremonial Welcome at Rashtrapati Bhavan following which he laid a wreath at Raj Ghat. H.E. President Tan met Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Smt. Sushma Swaraj. They had wide-ranging discussions on enhancement of bilateral relations and strengthening of cooperation on regional and international issues to raise our partnership to a higher level. The discussions covered new focus areas that will directly feed into our development process. These included specific initiatives to develop Smart cities and urban rejuvenation, promote Skill development, measures to Speed up connectivity and coastal and port development, strengthening linkages with the North East of India, projects to Scale up investments in the new development initiatives launched in India and enhancing exchanges with the State of India. They agreed on sharing of experiences in science & technology, space and other areas to enhance productivity and efficiency as well as broadening cooperation in fighting terrorism. The discussions reflected the spirit of mutual trust, understanding and cooperation that characterise the unique and special relations between the two countries. H. E. President Tan will inagurate the Singapore Festival in India tomorrow, launch the commemorative book titled "Singapore and India: Towards A Shared Future”, open the Peranakan Exhibition at National Museum and host a Food Festival themed "Flavours Of Singapore”. The year long Festival of India in Singapore is currently underway, since August 2014, to showcase our culture, innovation, youth and States. The State Visit of the President of Singapore reinforced our traditional close exchanges and further enhanced the excellent bilateral relations between our two countries. Culture Minister of Singapore meets his Indian counterpart A delegation led by the Minister for Culture, Community and Youth of Singapore , Mr. Lawrence Wong met the Minister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge), Culture (Independent Charge) and Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma in New Delhi today. Secretary (Culture), Mr. Ravindra Singh and other senior officials of the Union Ministry of Culture were also present at the meeting. Highlighting the importance of Indian culture in Singapore, Mr. Wong said that India and Singapore enjoy close cultural ties and there is a good number of Indian community there. Mr. Lawrence Wong said that with so much diversity, India is practically a continent and that Singapore tourists definitely want to see more of it. The people of Singapore respond very well to exhibitions on Indian themeand a Buddhist exhibition will travel to Singapore this year while a Chola Exhibition is proposed to be held next year, he added. He disclosed that a new Indian Heritage Centre has been built in Singapore to hold such exhibitions. A new National Gallery will also open in Singapore in November in which his country would like to show case Indian art, he added. Mr. Wong expressed hope that the cultural cooperation will also find an important place in the agreement on strategic partnership expected to be signed during the visit of Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi to Singapore this year. The Culture and Tourism Minister, Dr. Mahesh Sharma said that the Cultural Exchange Agreement with Singapore which expired in December last year will be renewed soon and the officials on both sides are working on it. Dr. Sharma expressed happiness that Buddhist Centres are coming up in different parts of the world. The Minister added that India is upgrading its tourist infrastructure and has undertaken a Clean India Campaign and E-Ticketing of Museums to facilitate and promote tourism in the country. Dr. Sharma said that the Prime Minister Sh Narendra Modi’s emphasis on Culture and Tourism will be taken forward through exchanges between the two countries. The Minister agreed to further extend the loan by ASI of 9 artifacts to the Asian Civilization Museum in Singapore beyond the 10 years period. He also assured to lend support for the proposed Chola exhibition in the form of exhibits and artefacts. Dr Sharma also assured the support for Singapore for their bid at UNESCO to declare the Singapore BotanicGardens as the World Heritage Site. Secretary (Culture), Mr. Ravindra Singh said that a 40 member troupe from Manipur will visit Singapore soon to give cultural performances.New Delhi: The President of Republic of Singapore H.E. Dr. Tony Tan Keng Yam, accompanied by Mrs. Mary Tan, paid a State Visit to India from 8-11 February, 2015, at the invitation of the President Shri Pranab Mukherjee. His delegation included the Minister in Prime Minister`s Office, Second Minister for Environment and Water Resources and Second Minister for Foreign Affairs Ms. Grace Fu, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Second Minister for Communications and Information Mr. Lawrence Wong, Parliamentarians and senior officials. His visit highlighted the celebrations on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Singapore.