Singapore and Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA) Join Hands to Assist Developing Countries

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SINGAPORE: The Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and the Cities Development Initiative for Asia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish the Singapore-CDIA Third Country Training Programme (TCTP) which will provide joint technical assistance programmes to developing member countries of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). CDIA was co-founded by the ADB and the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in 2007 and is today also co-funded by the Swedish International Development Agency and Spanish Government. The Singapore MFA has entered into this partnership under the auspices of the Singapore Cooperation Programme, and looks forward to collaborating with CDIA to offer training courses, study visits, seminars and workshops to developing ADB member countries. The programmes aim to build human capacity in the area of urban infrastructure services.

The signing ceremony was held at the ADB Headquarters in Manila on 25 May 2010. The signatories were Singapore’s Ambassador to the Philippines A Selverajah, CDIA Programme Coordinator Emiel Wegelin and CDIA Programme Manager Michael Lindfield. Also present at the signing ceremony were Mr Chaiyuth Sudthitanakorn, Executive Director for Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Singapore and Thailand, Ms Ursula Schaefer-Preuss, Vice President (Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development), Mr Yao Xianbin, Director General, Regional and Sustainable Development Department, and other senior ADB officials.

In brief remarks after the signing, Ambassador Selverajah welcomed the MOU which underscored Singapore’s interest in engaging ADB and CDIA for the long term. Mr Lindfield said that the CDIA regarded its partnership with Singapore as a strategic one and that the CDIA hoped to tap on Singapore’s cutting-edge urban solutions so as to share them with CDIA’s client cities. Also welcoming the MOU which marks the first collaboration between CDIA and MFA, Mr Wegelin expressed interest in exploring further areas of cooperation between CDIA and Singapore in the future.

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