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SG Strong governance needed to build liveable cities

Property Here - Tuesday, June 18, 2013

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Strong governance and other conditions like promoting a spirit of innovation and experimentation are needed to build liveable cities and solve future urbanisation challenges, according to experts and city leaders who attended the World Cities Summit Mayors Forum at Bilbao, Spain.

Co-organised by Singapore’s Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) and Centre for Liveable Cities, the event became a vital platform for world city leaders to discuss urban issues.

At the three-day event, 56 city leaders from across the world discussed their leadership experience in addressing issues covering urban planning, community engagement and economic resilience.

Singapore’s Minister for National Development Khaw Boon Wan, who is also the forum Chairman, also reiterated the need for strong governance in his closing speech. 

“The need for strong and visionary political leadership is a theme that several mayors have touched on in our discussions. As Mayor of Cape Town noted, we must exercise our mandate to set the direction and make executive decisions, and then to carry it out.”

“It is easier to make tough political calls and hard decisions when the economic pie is growing, and resources are readily available to spread around. It is not so easy when the economic pie is shrinking and jobs are harder to get by,” he added.

Meanwhile, Singapore’s Housing and Development Board (HDB) recently inked a research collaboration agreement with VEOLIA Environnement Recherche et Innovation and Électricité de France (EDF) to jointly develop a modelling tool that will enhance HDB’s approach towards town planning. New townships that stand to benefit include Tengah, Punggol, Bidadari and Tampines North.

Nikki De Guzman
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