Singapore’s new excessive commissioner Simon Wong Wie Kuen offered his credentials to President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday, pledging to take ahead ties between the 2 international locations in areas starting from commerce to safety.
Talking on the digital ceremony for the presentation of his credentials, Wong famous that Singapore has change into the primary investor in India since 2018. Singapore’s cumulative funding in India between 1990 and 2019 amounted to $85 billion.
Even amid the Covid-19 disaster, Singapore’s firms have pledged $2 billion in investments in India between August final yr and August 2020, and the 2 sides have a long-standing strategic partnership in defence and homeland safety, he stated.
Kovind expressed his appreciation for the Singapore authorities’s efforts to deal with the Indian diaspora’s considerations associated to the Covid-19 pandemic and stated such mutual cooperation strengthens the ties of friendship and belief between the 2 international locations.
The president additionally thanked Singapore for its help to India at multilateral fora and for the nation’s election as a non-permanent member of the UN Safety Council for 2021-22.
This yr marks the 55th anniversary of the institution of diplomatic ties between India and Singapore.
Previous to his posting in New Delhi, Wong was Singapore’s commerce consultant to Taiwan throughout 2015-20, and deputy secretary (worldwide) within the overseas ministry throughout 2012-15. A profession diplomat who joined the overseas service in 1990, Wong has lined a number of portfolios together with the Americas, Europe and northeast Asia.
His abroad assignments included postings in Seoul, Beijing and Hanoi, the place he served as ambassador throughout 2009-12.