Deputy Prime Minister Lawrence Wong and Indian PM Narendra Modi discuss new areas of cooperation
SINGAPORE: Singapore's Deputy Prime Minister Lawrence Wong met India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday (Sep 19) and discussed new areas of cooperation between the two countries.
Mr Wong is on a five-day trip to India, his first official visit to the country in his capacity as Deputy Prime Minister.
Mr Wong said on social media that he met Mr Modi with Minister for Trade and Industry Gan Kim Yong, and held "excellent discussions" on new areas of cooperation such as green hydrogen, solar energy, fintech and data links.
"India is an important strategic partner of Singapore across many sectors," Mr Wong said.
Mr Wong also thanked Mr Modi for his hospitality and said that he was glad that the pace of bilateral engagements has picked up substantially as the pandemic subsides.
"I also look forward to restarting the Singapore-India Hackathon, which was disrupted by COVID-19, to build bridges between our young talents," he added.
On Saturday, Mr Wong attended the inaugural India-Singapore Ministerial Roundtable (ISMR) in New Delhi. The new programme was created to deepen existing cooperation between the two countries and identify opportunities for collaboration in new and emerging areas.
On Sunday, Mr Wong witnessed the signing of an agreement between the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and India’s International Financial Services Centres Authority (IFSCA) to facilitate regulatory collaboration and partnership in fintech.