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Jointly sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), Singapore and CDIA, under the Singapore-CDIA Third Country Training Program, the Effective Urban Infrastructure Programming Training Course was held in Singapore, 5-14 March (Professional Staff Training), and 13-14 March (Mayor’s Program).
The course aimed to enable participants to learn about effective urban infrastructure planning and programming and implementation of infrastructure investment projects which contribute to sustainable urban development.
Twenty-eight participants from India, Indonesia, Mongolia, the Philippines, and Sri Lanka attended the course, which brought together senior government policy makers, mayors, governors, commissioners and their professional staff.
CDIA experts Mr. Joris van Etten, Mr. Sasank Vemuri, and Ms. Sarah Schneider gave presentations on Climate Change Adaptation, Prioritizing Infrastructure Projects (the CDIA tool “CIIPP”), and Pre-Feasibility Studies (PFS) for Cities.
The participants took part in interactive sessions on the topics of infrastructure investment planning and programming, small group working sessions with urban planning and management experts, plus field and site visits to the Singapore Land Transport Authority, the Urban Redevelopment Authority, among others.
“Ten days may not be enough to muster what the government of Singapore has done to make it one of the most livable countries in the world, if not the most livable, but the knowledge and the relevant information that were imparted by our excellent pool of trainers are enough for us to start effecting positive change in our respective cities when we go back home,” said one participant, Engr. Filemon Sibulo, City Administrator of San Pedro City in Laguna, Philippines.
At the end of the course, the participants were expected to have a good understanding of the ingredients which would enable the successful implementation of urban concept development plans; the Singapore example as a process that can be adapted and applied to their country’s circumstances; and a number of initiatives and supports available to strengthen competencies and skills of cities in preparing bankable urban infrastructure investment projects.