Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal urged the senior ministers of Singapore for starting direct flights between Guwahati and Singapore for better communication which will help both the region in the days to come.
Sonowal met the state for Defence and Foreign Affairs of Singapore Maliki Osman and Singapore’s High Commissioner to India Lim Thuan Kuan on the sidelines of Delhi Dialogue 9 in New Delhi late on Tuesday evening and discussed gamut of issues of mutual interest.
“The direct flight would serve the population in northeast region wanting to travel to Singapore,” Sonowal told Maliki Osman.
Osman assured that ground assessment would be conducted for starting flights on this route by roping in private players and, if found economically viable, flights would operate accordingly.
In the meeting that lasted for 30 minutes, Sonowal urged the Singapore Senior Minister for exploring opportunities of business and economic activities between Assam and Singapore. Osman also responded by saying that he would visit the state on July 18 for identifying potential areas of cooperation in near future.
Osman said the purpose of his visit is aimed at setting up of a Skill Development Centre in Guwahati for imparting skilled training to the youth to equip them for different avocations. “The youth constitutes rich human resources and their energies must be channelized to usher in economic prosperity,” said Osman.
Pointing out to the potential sectors like infrastructure development, tourism, oil and natural gas exploration and IT where Assam and Singapore can join hands to reap economic benefits, CM Sonowal urged the Singapore Senior Minister to provide technical knowhow and expertise to develop Guwahati as an IT hub. The CM also pleaded for opening a Singapore Consulate in the city which would be immensely beneficial for the people of the region seeking opportunities in Singapore.