Singapore PM assures support to AP during Chandrababu Naidu's visit

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong

As YSRC president YS Jagan Mohan Reddy is going to sit on an indefinite fast from September 26 over the special category status to AP, Naidu, during his expected stay in the national capital, would once again try to extract an attractive financial package for the State from the Centre, besides formally inviting the Prime Minister for Amaravati's foundation laying ceremony.

The Chief Minister will be meeting with Second Minister for Trade Iswaran on Monday, the first day of the visit and hold discussions on Swiss Challenge Method for the development Amaravati development, in addition to participating in commercial meeting with a Singapore Consortium at Science Park.

Further, the Chief Minister also told Loong that Singapore could extend help in building the state's infrastructure and support Andhra Pradesh in making it a knowledge economy.

Replying to the Chief Minister, the Prime Minister said that Singapore will support Andhra Pradesh and will share whatever expertise and experience it has.

The Singapore Government agencies have prepared master-plan details.

Singapore PM assures support to AP during Chandrababu Naidu's visit

Naidu also said that the foundation laying function of Amravati will take place on October 22. "We need your support", he told the Prime Minister.

A recent World Bank report on the ease of doing business in India ranked Andhra Pradesh second out of 29 states, narrowly losing out to Gujarat by just one percentage point, said Mr Naidu. He reiterated that his Government was committed to making the State a logistics hub taking advantage of the long coastline and sought the Singapore Government's cooperation in this regard.

Earlier, in the welcome address, Gopinath Pillai, ambassador for Singapore government, said the overwhelming response at ISAS was a mark of Naidu's popularity in Singapore.

They were explained about the planning for the Civic district, Marina Bay and the planning for green and blue spaces, recreation spaces, island-wide water catchment, waste management, integration of land use plans with public transport networks and conservation planning.