India and Singapore held a bilateral meeting virtually under the aegis of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Public Service Division (PSD), Prime Minister’s Office, Singapore in June 2018 on the subject of “Personnel Management and Public Administration”.
The bilateral meeting was led by the Secretary, DARPG, Sanjay Singh from the Indian side, and Loh Khum Yean, Permanent Secretary, PSD, of Singapore.
Both sides shared their experiences on Good Governance Practices in a Pandemic, Transforming Leaderships and Ethics, capacity building and training of leaders and public officers, citizen-centric governance, and Citizen-centric service delivery and E-governance as potential areas for future collaboration during the meeting.
Since the scope of cooperation laid down under the MoU is important to the processes of development, both sides agreed to share the best practices on the latest technology tools and processes of governance, capacity building, service delivery so that both nations could take benefit through cross-learning.
During PM Narendra Modi’s visit in 2018, 3 MoUs in the areas of urban and rural development were signed by private and public sector institutions along with the think tank- NITI Aayog
India and Singapore have a strong bilateral relationship based on economic and political interests that are similar. Since the early 1990s, India’s economic reforms, together with traditional cultural and business ties, have paved the way for a robust economic partnership between the two countries. Singapore has also played an essential role in reuniting India with the countries of Southeast Asia after the inception of the Look East Policy.
Defence and Security Cooperation
In defence domain particularly, India and Singapore have a longstanding and comprehensive partnership, which includes annual ministerial and secretary-level dialogues, staff-level talks between all three wings of Armed forces, annual training of Singapore Army and Air force in India, annual exercises including India’s longest uninterrupted naval exercise with any other country, ship visits from Navy and Coast Guard.
Singapore takes part in the Indian Navy’s IONS(Indian Ocean Naval Symposium) and the multilateral exercise MILAN. IORA membership for Singapore and ADDM+ (ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting – Plus) membership for India provides a platform for both nations to coordinate stances on regional matters of mutual importance.
Developing Smart cities
Amaravati, Andhra Pradesh’s future capital city, is being developed by a group of Singapore firms. Singapore is also collaborating with Rajasthan on Concept Plans for townships in Udaipur and Jodhpur. The country is also working with Himachal Pradesh on the creation of an integrated township of Greater Shimla and with Maharashtra on the development of Orange Smart City and master planning for the Pune metropolitan region.