''Our open and welcoming economy offers many career and business opportunities,'' he told the one-day Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) conference. ''We maintain a high standard of infrastructure and provide a safe and conducive environment for people to work, study and live in,'' Dr Balakrishnan pointed out. The Minister also assured that all ethnic communities in Singapore enjoy equal status and were free to preserve and promote their cultural heritage.
He called on organisations like the IIT Alumni Association, Singapore to help foster greater interaction between Singaporeans and incoming Indians.
''There is tremendous potential and many opportunities for collaboration between different Indian groups, and to contribute positively to society,'' he told a gathering of some 200 delegates from around the world attending the IIT conference, organised by the IIT Alumni Association, Singapore.
Singapore has some 1,000 IIT graduates, the biggest concentration outside India.