Singapore, India should step into future together: Modi

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi receiving a grand welcome from the Indian community in Singapore yesterday after he arrived for an official visit. He attended a business event last night, where he met Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, and later tou
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi receiving a grand welcome from the Indian community in Singapore yesterday after he arrived for an official visit. He attended a business event last night, where he met Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, and later toured an exhibition of local and Indian start-ups in areas such as artificial intelligence, fintech and cyber security. Mr Modi will give the keynote at the Shangri-La Dialogue today.PHOTO: MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS, INDIA

The two Lions, as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi dubbed Singapore and India last night, "should step into the future together".

Mr Modi told around 4,500 business people at the Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre that economic ties are "the heartbeat" of the relationships between the two countries, with greater opportunities lying ahead. He noted that his nation has made tremendous progress economically, creating a new India rich in innovation and start-ups, entrepreneurs, skilled workers and "sweeping" digitisation that touches all aspect of life. It is in these areas - start-ups, innovation and all things digital - where Singapore and India should deepen their economic ties further, he noted.

Mr Modi, who began a three-day official visit here yesterday, will meet President Halimah Yacob and lunch with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong today.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 01, 2018, with the headline 'S'pore, India should step into future together: Modi'. Print Edition | Subscribe