Rajasthan Chief Minister returns home from Singapore -
Smt. Raje returned to India from her maiden official tour to Singapore on Saturday evening. A high-level delegation of officials and reputed businessmen also accompanied the CM.
On her return, at New Delhi's international airport the CM was welcomed by Rajasthan's Energy Minister Shri Gajendra Singh Khinvasar, Members of Parliament Shri C.R. Choudhary and Shri Narayan Lal Panchariya, Principal Resident Commissioner of Rajasthan at New Delhi Dr. Savita Anand, Additional Resident Commissioner Shri Vimal Sharma and other officials.
Smt. Raje said that her Singapore experience was very positive, and very soon Rajasthan government would collaborate and cooperate with Singaporean firms for technology sharing especially for water management, infrastructure and urban development, industrial and technological development, energy, tourism development. Investment opportunities in various development projects too would increase due to this, she hoped.
The CM said that her trip to Singapore was also important in view of the preparations for the "Resurgent Rajasthan Conclave" scheduled for next year. During this visit Smt. Raje, held formal meetings with Shri S. Iswaran, Minister with PMO and the Minister for Home Affairs, Trade & Industry.
Both the leaders held discussions about the possibilities of Singapore companies tying up with Indian counterparts in medical technology, electronics, urban development, waste management etc. Shri Iswaran assured the CM of regular exchange of information and cooperation from the government and businesses in Singapore. She guaranteed Shri Iswaran of full cooperation of state government in inviting and facilitating Singapore companies.
The CM also met Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Environment and Water Resources, Singapore and discussed wide a range of issues. She briefed him on the newly launched Rajasthan Investment Promotion Scheme-2014 and Rajasthan Solar Policy. She apprised Dr. Balakrishnan on the agenda of reforms undertaken in Rajasthan. The Chief Minister enquired on the water pricing mechanism in place in Singapore and showed interest to the concept of linking prices to the opportunity cost of desalination of water. In Singapore water supply and electricity is not subsidized.
Smt. Raje also enquired about the possibilities of having small, decentralized units manufacturing solar panels, pipelines and water filtering membranes in Rajasthan. The two leaders also had detailed discussions on maximizing Rajasthan’s advantages in the solar sector and how solar energy could be linked to reducing drudgery of women in western. Smt. Raje invited Mr. Balakrishnan to visit Rajasthan.
The Chief Minister further visited the Institute of Technical Educational (ITE), Singapore. In her presence, signed a document of acceptance with ITE, Singapore to transform technical training in Rajasthan starting with ITI, Udaipur.
The CM also attended a Business Seminar in Singapore. Representatives of Singapore Industry, Banking, Education and Service sectors attended this business meeting. A short film on investment opportunities in Rajasthan was screened. In course of the business meet, terms of reference for cooperation between Hyflux International PTE Ltd and the Bureau of Investment Promotion (BIP), Rajasthan for CSR Projects in the drinking water and wastewater in Rajasthan was agreed upon.
During her tour, Smt. Raje was accompanied by India’s High Commissioner to Singapore Smt. Vijay Thakur Singh, Additional Chief Secretary Infrastructure Shri C. S. Rajan, Principal Secretary Industries Smt. Veenu Gupta, Principal Secretary Finance Shri P. S. Mehra and Secretary to CM Shri Tanmay Kumar and renowned entrepreneurs.