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 Prime Minister Narendra Modi will reach Singapore this evening on the final leg of his 2-nation tour. Trade, Urban and skill development, defence co-operation and cyber security will be high on the agenda during the 2-day visit. Secretary (East) in the Ministry of External Affairs, Anil Wadhwa had, earlier, said that the focus of the visit will be on 5 S planks.

These are - scale up trade and investment, speed up connectivity, smart cities, skill development and the State focus. Mr Modi will deliver Singapore Lecture today. Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and some other prominent leaders are expected to be present at the Lecture.

Tomorrow, Mr Modi will have a series of engagements, including with the country's President Tony Tan Keng Yam and the Prime Minister. The two Prime Ministers will sign the India-Singapore Strategic Partnership to elevate bilateral relations. Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore said in a press statement that the Strategic Partnership will broaden and deepen ties in various sectors including defence relations, economic



and cultural cooperation, skills development and capacity building.

Both Prime Ministers will also unveil a commemorative stamp to mark the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between two countries. Besides, Mr Modi will lay a wreath at the Indian National Army memorial marker and visit Institute of Technical Education which is involved in skill development. Mr Modi will address the India-Singapore Economic Convention, besides interacting with CEOs of Singapore to focus on the investment opportunities in India.

Before wrapping up his visit, the Prime Minister will address the Indian community. Around 3 lakh 50,000 ethnic Indians stay in Singapore which is about 9.1 percent of resident population of this country. The Indian community in Singapore is interested to support the Make in India, Swachh Bharat and Digital India campaign. Talking to news reporters, Chairman and Co-Founder of Global Schools Foundation, Atul Temurnikar expressed the hope that Mr Modi's visit will create a positive mood for future investment in India.


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