‘Singapore aims to be UP’s partner to drive growth’

During the recently concluded Global Investors Summit organised by the Uttar Pradesh government, Singapore's High Commissioner to India Simon Wong met UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath . 

“Our investment in India is of SGD 120 billion.  But, most of the investment is in the southern states.  In July last year, we came to know that the UP government is going to hold the Global Investors Summit, so we met Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and expressed interest to become the first partner country,” Wong said during a Singapore partner country session at the UP Global Investors Summit. 

“Due to the image of CM Yogi and the changing Uttar Pradesh, many more investors are also going to finalise their intentions soon.  I am happy that our governments will also share their knowledge and experience,” Wong added.

Meanwhile, taking to Twitter, he said, “very honoured that HonourableCM @myogiadityanath made time to meet with our official and biz delegation. Under the leadership of CM and team, the #UPGIS2023 was a great success, and we hope to take our relationship to the next level.”

The event also saw urban development minister AK Sharma saying that Singapore has a large number of people from UP.  “In other words, the people of our UP made Singapore. Now, it is the responsibility of Singapore to beautify UP,” he remarked.

Between December 15 and 19 last year, under the leadership of Jal Shakti Minister Swatantra Dev Singh, Team Yogi went to Singapore and signed about 20 MoUs worth INR 28,000 crore.  All these investors were also present in the session.

Sharma said, “There are two things that I like the most about Singapore. One is the work culture there and the other is the clean and tidy atmosphere. We have to make UP like that too. We have resolved to make UP including Lucknow clean. We need Singapore’s cooperation in this.”

He continued: “We have the same culture, but in terms of size, Lucknow and Singapore are similar.  We have collaborated with Singapore in areas like waste management, water treatment.  MoUs have been signed in many areas including Urban Infrastructure, Industrial Corridor, IT-Electronics, Logistics, Startup, Data Center, Ethanol-Sugar Industry.  In larger areas, we have a lot to learn from Singapore in the construction of industrial infrastructure and high rise buildings.”

Singapore’s airport traffic management, education system, peak hour traffic and IT manpower is something that Uttar Pradesh aspires to imbibe. Not only big cities like Noida, Greater Noida, every other city of UP also has to be made well organized and modern on the lines of Singapore, said Singh.