Landmark deals, record participation & integration push cap World Cities Summit

The World Cities Summit ended on a high note with landmark deals signed, record participation and a call for cities to focus more on integrated solutions.

The event, held in Singapore from 1 to 4 July, brought together world leaders and key industry players.

It served as a platform for them to address challenges and develop integrated solutions for sustainable cities.

Executive director of the Centre for Liveable Cities, Mr Khoo Teng Chye, said on Thursday that with a stronger business focus this year, the summit saw several significant partnerships between the public and private sector.

One of them was by Surbana International Consultants.

It became the first Singapore urban planning company to break into the Rwandan market, after it was appointed to handle the masterplan of Kigali, the capital city of Rwanda.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was also signed by Singapore’s Housing & Development Board (HDB), Electricit√© de France (EDF) and VEOLIA Environnement Recherche et Innovation (veolia).

They’ll work on a complex Systems Model, which will help the HDB develop sustainable, urban planning solutions in its towns.

It was the first MOU between a Singapore public agency and EDF.

Mr Khoo said world leaders and experts acknowledged that complex urbanisation challenges can be turned into opportunities to transform cities and lives.

They agreed that the way forward for cities is to develop good governance and build strong partnerships among governments, companies, citizens and across cities.

The third edition of the World Cities Summit was the biggest-ever global event for sustainable cities so far, attended by a record 18,000 delegates from 104 countries and regions.

Source : Channel NewsAsia – 5 Jul 2012

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