Singapore on October 6 signed two agreements with the state of Rajasthan. The agreements aim to boost Rajasthan’s tourism industry, while giving Singapore companies opportunities to expand overseas. International Enterprise (IE) Singapore signed the first agreement with the Rajasthan state government to facilitate partnerships in the areas of urban solutions and tourism development. In the works are two projects: One on waste management, and another to provide digital networks to remote areas.
Rajasthan is the largest state in India by land area, with 83 cities and a population of 68.6 million people.IE Singapore’s subsidiary, the Singapore Cooperation Enterprise (SCE), signed the second agreement to develop a training program for about 100 Rajasthan government officials in the state’s Tourism Department.
The SCE program will consist of seven workshops – five in Jaipur and two in Singapore – spanning topics like promotion and destination marketing. The Temasek Foundation will provide a grant of $484,010 to co-fund the training program, while the Rajasthan Tourist Department will provide $215,200.Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who is on a five-day working visit to India, witnessed the exchange of the agreements at the Oberoi Hotel with the chief minister of Rajasthan.
Boosting skills development
Mr Lee launched a new tourism training centre at the Mohanlal Sukhadia University, a public varsity in Udaipur. The centre is slated to begin courses in late 2016, and will offer tourism and hospitality training in areas such as retail services and culinary arts. Singapore’s ITE Education Services (ITEES) will help develop the curriculum and training program, while the Rajasthan government will be responsible for the facilities, equipment and recruitment of trainers. The centre will have up to 36 trainers, and accommodate up to 480 students per year.
The launch comes more than a year after both parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Jaipur. The centre also comes in support of Indian Prime Minister NarendraModi’s “Skills India” initiative, which aims to train 400 million Indians by 2022. It is the second project involving ITEES after the World Class Skills Centre in New Delhi, established in 2012.
“India is going through a phase where more investments are coming in, it’s growing at 7.3 per cent, 7.5 per cent, and lots of industries need people with the correct vocational skills, and from this aspect they find it’s useful to learn from the Singapore experience. Various states have been approaching Singapore to set up skills development centers throughout India.
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