It is worth mentioning that the two Southeast Asian countries enjoy strong defence ties, apart from powerful political and trade relations. There are also regular military exercises between India and Singapore.

Sushma Swaraj's two-day visit in Singapore aimed at exploring the possibility of Singapore's involvement in major Indian infrastructure projects including the Smart City project and also whether it can participate in rejuvenation of other Indian cities.

In the budget, the new Indian government had proposed to develop 100 'smart cities' as satellite towns of larger cities and allocated Rs 7,060 crore for the ambitious project.

Singapore is India's largest trading partner in the ASEAN grouping. It is also the source of highest FDI to India which was USD 5.9 billion last year.

Singapore is also the destination of highest Indian investments abroad during the last decade. It houses 4,000-4,500 Indian companies who have offices here.

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