• In a bid to strengthen India’s Act East Policy, PM Modi on Tuesday embarked on a 3-nation visit to Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. In his statement prior to the tour, Modi said India has a robust strategic partnership with all the three countries.
• In Indonesia after meeting President Joko Widodo, he will interact with top CEOs and the Indian community. Both sides are expected to ink agreements in the fields of defence, space and science and tech.
• In Singapore, he will focus on enhancing India-Singapore partnership in areas of Fintech, skill development, urban planning and AI. Singapore entities have become major partners with India in areas like urban development, planning, smart cities and infra development.
• On 2 June he will unveil a plaque at Clifford Pier, where Gandhiji’s ashes were immersed in the sea on 27 March 1948.
==>About Act East Policy
• India’s Act East Policy focuses on the extended neighbourhood in the Asia-Pacific region. The objective of this policy is to promote economic cooperation, cultural ties and develop the strategic relationship with countries in the Asia-Pacific region through continuous engagement at bilateral, regional and multilateral levels.
• India has upgraded its relations to the strategic partnership with Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Japan, Korea, Australia, Singapore and ASEAN. Apart from ASEAN, ASEAN Regional Forum, East Asia Summit (EAS), BIMSTEC, Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD), Mekong Ganga Cooperation and Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) has also been actively engaged.