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    Oct 03, 2016

    PM Lee on 5-day trip to India amid stepped-up ties in past year

    PRIME Minister Lee Hsien Loong begins a five-day working visit to India today, the Prime Minister's Office said in a statement yesterday.

    He will meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who will host him to lunch, in New Delhi tomorrow.

    The visit, at the invitation of Mr Modi, comes as bilateral ties have been stepped up over the past year.

    Singapore and India upgraded their relationship to a strategic partnership during Mr Modi's visit to Singapore last November. Since then, both countries have started a number of working groups and dialogues in areas such as defence, trade and finance.

    Tomorrow, both prime ministers will witness the exchange of three memoranda of understanding (MOU).

    The first MOU covers cooperation in the field of industrial property between the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore and the Indian Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion.

    The second is on cooperation on establishing a North East Skills Centre in Assam between the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) Education Services and the government of Assam, a state in north-east India.

    The third MOU is on cooperation in skills development between ITE Education Services and the Indian National Skill Development Corporation.

    PM Lee will also attend a reception for Singaporeans living in India.

    On Wednesday, he travels to the city of Udaipur, where he will attend the launch of the Centre of Excellence for Tourism Training, a joint venture by ITE Education Services and Rajasthan to teach hospitality sector skills, and witness the signing of two agreements.

    Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean will be Acting PM today and tomorrow while Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan will be Acting PM from Oct 5 to 7.