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09 January 2018, 02:11 | Darnell Patrick
Delegates attending the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Singapore
Heaping praises on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj on Sunday underscored that India's increasing dominance is due to the prime minister. Speaking in Hindi at the ASEAN-India Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Singapore, she said her Ministry prioritised the welfare of Indian citizens living overseas, and urged them to return home to take advantage of the economic opportunities.
Her trip to the island city is part of a three-nation visit - a part of New Delhi's efforts to hold bilateral interactions in various sectors with countries of the South East Asian region within the framework of India's Act East policy.
With the theme of "Ancient Route, New Journey", Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) marked the contribution of overseas Indian community in its two-day event which ended yesterday followed by a cultural evening.
ASEAN comprises of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
He called for ASEAN and India to press on with economic integration, pledging that Singapore, as ASEAN chair, will do what it can to secure the support of India and all other Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership countries to advance negotiations on the pact.
"India is one of the main strategic partners of ASEAN", Hoi stated here during the meeting of ASEAN-India Network of Think-Tanks on Saturday.
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The opportunity for collaboration partnership between India and the ASEAN is self-recognised, Iswaran told some 3,000 delegates at the two-day gathering.
She said India wants to promote dialogue among ASEAN and Indian business and trade associations to further enhance bilateral trade and investment.
"ASEAN and India share a common interest to keep these vital conduits of trade and economic exchange open", said Teo.
The cooperation of ASEAN and its partners, including India, also contributed to regional stability and prosperity.
Speaking about Jawed Ashraf, the Indian ambassador to Singapore, Swaraj said, "Your ambassador Jawed Ashraf, sitting here, is an epitome of sensitiveness".
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