Lee urges Indian diaspora to help India go global

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Singapore, Oct 10 (UNI) Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong today urged the Indian diaspora to help India go global by promoting trade and investment flows all over the Asia-Pacific.

''As people, who straddle different cultures, your unique knowledge and network can help deepen mutual understanding, forge productive business, partnerships and promote trade and investment flows all over the Asia-Pacific,'' he told around 600 delegates attending the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) conference.

''The deepening of ties between India and the Asia-Pacific will benefit all our economies and develop a more competitive, industrious and vibrant region,'' he said at the opening ceremony of PBD-Singapore inaugural gathering.

''Just as Singapore has cultivated its ties with India, we also wish to network with Indian overseas communities throughout the Asia-Pacific,'' said Mr Lee.

The Prime Minister said the conference was an excellent opportunity to gather people from the region to exchange views and ideas, find new areas and projects for collaboration.

Mr Lee also disclosed that Singapore was planning to set up an Indian Heritage Centre, which would trace the history of the Indian diaspora in Singapore and how the Indian community had contributed to Singapore's development.

The National University of Singapore has published the Encyclopaedia of the Indian diaspora, which has been well received internationally.

Its success has inspired the Institute of South Asian Studies to set up a South Asia Diaspora Network, he said.

Mr Lee said these moves would help to develop Singapore as a centre for networking and scholarship on the Indian diaspora.


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