VN attends World Cities Summit in Singapore
14:48 | 09/07/2018

VGP - Leaders from Ha Noi, Hai Phong, and BinhDuong, Hai Phong cities and Thua Thien Hue province have joined foreign mayors, officials and executives of corporations in the World Cities Summit (WCS) Mayors Forum held in Singapore on July 7-8.

The World Cities Summit this year goes beyond the themes of urban governance and liveable cities, to embracing the future of cities through technology, innovation and collaboration.

A number of representatives from Chinese cities, including Tianjin, Suzhou, Nanning, Shantou and Taipei, participated in the forum.

The three events provided a unique integrated global platform to drive integrated urban solutions, connect global business experts, policy-makers, industry leaders and innovators through strategic collaborative efforts and cutting-edge technologies.

At the opening ceremony, Singaporean Minister of National Development Lawence Wong emphasised that cities around the world are facing common challenges in urban governance, city planning, resilience and innovation.

As chair of ASEAN in 2018, Singapore has paid attention to "resilience and innovation", aiming to create a channel for and leaders to debate solutions to the design and construction of urban areas and share experiences to connect cities worldwide, he said.  

The forum, a highlight of the WCS which is taking place from July 6-11, also focuses on how to tap breakthrough innovations to create development momentum for cities, and to attract funding for infrastructure projects.

Chairman of the Mayors' Committee of Singapore Low Yen Ling and CEO of Pontiac Land Group Melissa Kwee briefed participants on the outcomes of the 6th Meeting of Governors/Mayors of ASEAN Capitals (MGMAC) and the World Cities Summit Young Leaders Symposium.

They called for a joint effort from mayors, governors and leaders to address global challenges, towards building livable and sustainable cities. 

Vice Chairman of the Ha Noi People’s CommitteeNguyen Van Suu discussed the vision and strategy for smart city and e-government development in Viet Nam and Ha Noi in particular.

Mr. Suu stressed that amidst international integration and the 4th Industrial Revolution, the development of smart and sustainable cities is important for all big cities, including Ha Noi.

Ha Noi is determined to accelerate the building process of people and business-centric intelligent cities, aiming to become an intelligent city by 2030, Suu said, expressing his hope to foster international cooperation in technology and knowledge transfer with localities, businesses and partners worldwide. 

Delegates to the summit discussed measures to create creative breakthroughs and adapt to new technologies to boost the development of cities. 

They also concentrated on governance solutions to mobilise finance from the private sector to invest in infrastructure development, towards harmonising the public interest and short-term commercial profits. 

The forum, initiated by the Singaporean Government, is held annually in different cities in the world. It is co-organised by Singapore’s Centre for Livable Cities and the Urban Redevelopment Authority and is a flagship event of the WCS, which is held in Singapore biennially.

By Vien Nhu


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