Guest Info

Rishma Kuldip Singh is the Minister of Economic Affairs, Entrepreneurship, and Technological Innovation. She holds a Master of Business Administration from the Netherlands Business Academy (2013-2017).

Alongside her studies, she was actively involved as a patron of the Saathi Music School and worked for the Office of Educational Information and Study Facilities (BOS), handling procedures for Surinamese students studying abroad

From 2016 to 2018, she served as a coordinator for the SME Fund and later as a senior policy officer and management trainer for the Ministry of Labour. In 2020, she ran for the VHP in the Paramaribo elections and was appointed as Minister of Labour, Employment, and Youth in the Santokhi cabinet.

During the COVID-19 crisis in mid-October 2020, she tested positive for COVID-19 along with four other ministers. In April 2022, she transitioned to her current role in the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Entrepreneurship, and Technological Innovation, passing on her responsibilities at the Department of Labor to Steven Mac Andrew.

About the Show

Welcome to a new episode, where we delve into the intriguing world of Suriname – a small Dutch-speaking nation that has been sparking curiosity and discussions, especially after our recent episode on Brown business.

The lack of response from the government and key private sector players has raised concerns among the public about the nation’s future. But fear not, for this episode brings forth a beacon of hope in the form of Minister of Economic Affairs Rishma Kuldip Singh. Join Rajan Nazran as he engages in an enlightening conversation with Minister Singh, shedding light on vital issues that demand public attention.

Together, they explore the social-economic factors influencing Suriname’s stability and delve into the government’s perspective on national identity amidst economic challenges. Minister Singh shares the nation’s endeavours to restore trust and pave the path for a brighter future.

Despite its economic potential, Suriname has faced its share of challenges, including economic downturns and financial crises in the business sector, especially during the Covid pandemic. The recent global economic turmoil and fluctuations in commodity prices have taken their toll, leading to inflation, currency devaluation, and fiscal constraints. But fear not, for Suriname’s resilience shines through as it explores alternative sectors, fosters innovation, and diversifies its economy.

Tune in as Minister Singh shares insights on restoring trust in the government and private sector. Transparency and accountability take centre stage as the Surinamese government takes proactive steps to enhance public affairs and financial management. Collaboration between the public and private sectors is vital for driving economic development, and Suriname actively promotes public-private partnerships (PPPs) to harness the expertise and resources of both sectors.

Join us as we embark on this fascinating journey to understand Suriname’s trajectory, its efforts to overcome challenges, and its vision for a promising future.

Produced by Global Indian Series for the Global Indian Network.

Script by Rajan Nazran
original idea: Rajan Nazran

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