June 24 (Bloomberg) -- Singapore and India have agreed to start recognizing each other's educational qualifications in architecture, accountancy and medicine.
Not many Singapore-trained doctors may want to rough it out in Indian hospitals. From India's perspective, though, sending more of its professionals to the city-state is one of the juicier parts of the so-called comprehensive economic cooperation accord that will be signed June 29....
Even before negotiations began with India in 2003 for the economic cooperation agreement, Singapore knew what it would be asked to concede.
``I believe India will push us on recognition of Indian professionals and our facilitation of their employment in Singapore,'' said Singapore's Foreign Minister George Yeo.
``We're prepared to do that,'' Yeo, who then oversaw the trade and industry ministry, said in an interview in March 2003.
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