Singapore companies to invest $5 billion in India’s Tamil Nadu state
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: Singapore companies to invest $5 billion in India’s Tamil Nadu state

The Singapore Pavilion at the Tamil Nadu Global Investors Meet being held in Chennai. PHOTO: MTI

CHENNAI – Singapore companies will invest $5 billion in several areas, including infrastructure, technology, sustainability and data centres, in Tamil Nadu, expanding the Republic’s presence in the southern Indian state.

The announcement was made on Jan 7, the first day of a two-day Tamil Nadu Global Investors Meet held in Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu.

A media release from Singapore’s Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) said the investments include $500 million by CapitaLand Investment in business parks, logistics, warehouses and a data centre.

CapitaLand Investment already has a presence in more than 20 tech and business parks, industrial, logistics, lodging, data centre and co-working assets in seven Indian cities, including Chennai.

Separately, LionsBot, which designs and manufactures automated industrial-scale cleaning robots, will partner top universities in Tamil Nadu to set up training laboratories and design hardware and software courses.

Singapore firms are also generating employment in Tamil Nadu, with Crayon Data aiming to create 150 direct and 350 supporting jobs within the next three years.

Crayon Data provides artificial intelligence-led solutions in the banking, fintech and travel industries. The company has a global development centre in Chennai and a workforce of 150 employees.

“The latest pipeline of collaborative initiatives and associated investments shows that Singapore companies are strategically building the breadth and depth of their engagement in Tamil Nadu,” said Mr Tan Soon Kim, deputy chief executive of Enterprise Singapore (EnterpriseSG), an agency under MTI.

“These also testify to the strong opportunities and investor-friendly policies of the state.”

Memorandums of understanding were signed between the Singapore companies and Guidance Tamil Nadu, the investment promotion agency of the Tamil Nadu government.

The investments by the Singapore firms will be implemented over several years.

MTI noted that Tamil Nadu is “often the first port of call for Singapore companies looking at South India, given the cultural and historical familiarity between both states”.

The state, with a population of 72 million, is the second-largest contributor to India’s gross domestic product, behind Maharashtra, whose capital is Mumbai.

Tamil Nadu’s ambition is to be a US$1 trillion (S$1.33 trillion) economy by 2030, and it has been aggressive in wooing foreign investors. Its chief minister, Mr M.K. Stalin, travelled to Singapore in May 2023 to attract investments from the South-east Asian nation.

The Republic’s delegation to the investors’ meet, led by Singapore High Commissioner to India Simon Wong, included officials from MTI, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and EnterpriseSG, as well as 60 business representatives from the Singapore Business Federation and the Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Speaking at one of the sessions at the meeting, Mr Wong highlighted the potential for Tamil Nadu and Singapore to explore the export of promising renewable energy solutions, such as green hydrogen and green ammonia, from India to Singapore.

Many other deals were announced at the investors’ summit between the Tamil Nadu government and Indian and foreign firms, including Tata Electronics, Pegatron and Hyundai Motors.

Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.