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The 37th Singapore Lecture "India's Singapore Story" By H.E. Shri Narendra Modi

H.E. Narendra Modi delivering the 37th Singapore Lecture, organised by ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute.
(Source: ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute)

DPM Tharman delivering his welcome remarks.
(Source: ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute)

Monday, 23 November 2015 – This evening Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi of the Republic of India delivered the 37th Singapore Lecture organized by ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute at the Shangri-La Hotel.

The Lecture, chaired by DPM Tharman Shanmugaratnam, was titled “India's Singapore Story”.

Prime Minister Modi paid tribute to the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew, the architect of modern Singapore’s impressive success. He noted that the effective transformation of a nation begins with a change in the mindset of its people. He mentioned that he has similar aspirations for India. Like Singapore, India is investing in education, public utilities and sustainable habitats. PM Modi valued the good working relationship between India and ASEAN and recognized ASEAN as the anchor for India’s Act East Policy. He acknowledged that ASEAN is leading the way for Asian regionalism and he fully supported an early completion to the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnerhip (RCEP).

The Lecture was also attend by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, accompanied by Mr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Foreign Affairs; Mr S. Iswaran, Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry); and Mr Ong Ye Kung, Acting Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) & Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Defence.

The Indian delegation included Mr Shri Ajit Doval, National Security Advisor of India; Dr S Jaishankar, Foreign Secretary of India; Mr Shri Anil Wadhwa, Secretary (East), Ministry of External Affairs; and Smt. Vijay Thakur Singh, High Commissioner of India to Singapore.

The crowd of 1000, included ambassadors based in Singapore; senior government officials; business leaders; academics; students and members of the media.

H.E. Narendra Modi delivering the 37th Singapore Lecture, organised by ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute.
(Source: ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute)

Initiated at ISEAS in 1980, the Singapore Lecture series is designed to be a platform for distinguished statesmen and other global personalities to speak to Singapore audiences on contemporary issues. The 37 prominent speakers whom the series have hosted thus far include President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Muizzaddin Waddaulah of Brunei, Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel of the Federal Republic of Germany, Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Prime Minister Dr Jan Peter Balkenende of the Netherlands.

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