Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Vivian Balakrishnan visited New Delhi and Assam from 31 October to 1 November 2017.

In New Delhi, Minister Balakrishnan co-chaired the Fifth India-Singapore Joint Ministerial Committee (JMC) for Bilateral Cooperation with Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj. The Ministers welcomed the excellent state of bilateral relations and good progress in the implementation of the India-Singapore Strategic Partnership. Minister Balakrishnan also spoke at the Singapore Symposium co-organised by the Institute of South Asian Studies and the Confederation of Indian Industry on how Singapore can help forge closer links between India and Southeast Asia through transforming global value chains and enhancing maritime, aviation and digital connectivity.

In Assam, Minister Balakrishnan was hosted to lunch by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal. Minister Balakrishnan and Chief Minister Sonowal also witnessed the signing of agreements to kick-start the implementation of the North East Skills Centre (NESC) in Guwahati. The NESC is Singapore's third skills centre in India and will contribute to the development of India's North East region.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore