Packed Singapore itinerary highlights PM Modi’s Act East agenda

A new chapter is going to be written in the annals of India-Singapore bilateral relations as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Singapore starts from May 31. The major highlights of his visit include a summit meeting with Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong and delivering the keynote address at the Shangri La Dialogue.

The visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Singapore is expected to produce a number of significant outcomes in the areas of defence and security, trade, investments, infrastructure, innovation, fintech, skills development, higher education and space.
The visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Singapore is expected to produce a number of significant outcomes in the areas of defence and security, trade, investments, infrastructure, innovation, fintech, skills development, higher education and space. Photo courtesy: pmindia.gov.in

He will land in Singapore on May 31 following a visit to Indonesia starting tomorrow.

The forthcoming visit is expected to highlight and strengthen all the pillars of India-Singapore ties, including political, defence and strategic; economic; technology and innovation; and, cultural and human ties.

The visit can potentially produce a number of significant outcomes in the areas of defence and security, trade, investments, infrastructure, innovation, fintech, skills development, higher education and space.

PM Modi’s itinerary

May 31

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will begin his visit with a technology, business and community event on May 31 at Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre. He will start with a tour of an exhibition of 30 innovation and startup firms from India and Singapore and interact with a group of enablers and innovators. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will commence his Singapore's visit with a technology, business and community event on May 31 at Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will commence his Singapore's visit with a technology, business and community event on May 31 at Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre. Photo courtesy: Wikimedia

This exhibition is part of the day-long startup event – InSpreneur 2.0 – with over  500 participants focusing on frontier technologies of artificial intelligence, blockchain, data analytics, machine learning, fintech and cyber security along with innovation for social impact in areas of water, sanitation, health, education, smart cities and energy.

After that, Modi will give an address focused on business, Indian reforms and India-Singapore relations to an audience of about 4,500 people. He will also witness agreements and launches of initiatives. 

PM Modi will hold a closed-door round table with about 25 top CEOs of Singapore.
PM Modi will hold a closed-door round table with about 25 top CEOs of Singapore. Photo courtesy: Wikimedia

He will conclude the evening with a closed-door round table with about 25 top CEOs of Singapore.

June 1

On June 1, the official engagements will begin with the Guard of Honour that Indian PM Modi will receive followed by bilateral talks with his Singaporean counterpart PM Lee Hsien Loong. There are likely to be agreements in the area of defence, skill development, public administration.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi shares a close bonhomie with Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong which was reflected during his last visit to Singapore. Both India and Singapore are likely to sign agreements in the area of defence, skill development, public administration.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi shares a close bonhomie with Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong which was reflected during his last visit to Singapore. Both India and Singapore are likely to sign agreements in the area of defence, skill development, public administration. Photo courtesy: Wikimedia

He will also participate at an interaction with president and board members of the Nanyang Technological University from 3 to 5 pm. The subject of interaction will be ‘Transforming Asia through Innovation’. After that, he will witness signing of several agreements on scientific and academic collaboration.

However, the major highlight of PM Modi’s visit will be his speech at the Shangri La Dialogue. He will enunciate India’s vision for peace and stability and India’s role and relationships in the Indo-Pacific Region. He is the first Prime Minister to be invited to deliver the keynote address in this prestigious forum.

PM Modi's speech at 'Shangri La Dialogue' will be the most watchful event in Singapore where he will enunciate India’s vision for peace and stability and India’s role and relationships in the Indo-Pacific Region.
PM Modi's speech at 'Shangri La Dialogue' will be the most watchful event in Singapore where he will enunciate India’s vision for peace and stability and India’s role and relationships in the Indo-Pacific Region. Photo courtesy: Wikimedia

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Singapore in the field of Personnel Management and Public Administration will also be signed, the proposal for which was approved by the Indian Cabinet last Wednesday.

June 2

People of Singapore paying tributes to the ashes of Mahatama Gandhi when it arrived at the island in March, 1948. History will be created on June 2 as PM Modi will unveil a plaque for Mahatma Gandhi at the Clifford Pier to commemorate the immersion of ashes of 'Father of Nation' at Clifford Pier in March 1948. Photo courtesy: Nirvan Thivy Collection, National Archives of Singapore
People of Singapore paying tributes to the ashes of Mahatama Gandhi when it arrived at the island in March, 1948. History will be created on June 2 as PM Modi will unveil a plaque for Mahatma Gandhi at the Clifford Pier to commemorate the immersion of ashes of 'Father of Nation' at Clifford Pier in March 1948. Photo courtesy: Nirvan Thivy Collection, National Archives of Singapore

Tributes will be paid to the Mahatma Gandhi on June 2 as PM Modi will unveil a plaque commemorating the Father of the Indian Nation at Clifford Pier, Hotel Fullerton, at 10 am in remembrance of  the immersion of Gandhi’s ashes from the pier on March 28, 1948.

PM Modi will then visit three temples on South Bridge Road between 11 am and 12 pm to highlight the old links between India and Singapore and celebrate Singapore’s diversity. These temples were built by early Indian settlers in Singapore as community projects over a century ago and now regarded as national monuments.

PM Modi will visit Indian Heritage Centre to inaugurate a permanent platform for Indian craftspersons who visit Singapore for short durations to demonstrate their craft. Indian Heritage Centre showcases Indian heritage, arts and culture in Singapore.
PM Modi will visit Indian Heritage Centre to inaugurate a permanent platform for Indian craftspersons who visit Singapore for short duration to demonstrate their craft. Indian Heritage Centre showcases Indian heritage, arts and culture in Singapore. Photo courtesy: IHC, Singapore

After that, he will visit the Indian Heritage Centre in Little India to inaugurate a permanent platform for Indian craftspersons who visit Singapore for short durations to demonstrate their craft.

PM Modi will then go to meet officers and sailors of an Indian naval ship on a visit to Changi Naval Base.

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Ashraf Jamal
Ashraf Jamal – Senior Writer

Ashraf Jamal brings a rare depth to writing equipped with a degree in journalism, a postgraduate degree in political science, and a degree in law from the Allahabad University. His experience includes editing and publishing the Northern India Patrika and writing for Times of India for almost a decade covering just about any topic under the sun including NRIs and Indian diaspora.

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