Singapore Partners Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA) to Develop Capacity in Urban Management

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SINGAPORE: 28 senior government officials from Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Mongolia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam are currently in Singapore to attend a course on “Effective Urban Infrastructure Programming”, including 8 Mayors/Vice Mayors. Jointly organised by the Singapore Cooperation Programme of the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs and CDIA, it is our inaugural collaboration with CDIA under the framework of the Singapore-CDIA Third Country Training Programme signed in May 2010.

The course aims to enhance national, provincial and city governments’ knowledge on effective urban infrastructure planning, programming, financing and implementation of strategic investment projects. The Civil Service College (CSC) together with experts from CDIA will share their expertise in investment financing, project programming and pre-feasibility studies with the participants who will also learn about Singapore’s urban management experience. There will be lectures and discussions, and site visits to the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), Housing Development Board (HDB) and Land Transport Authority (LTA).

During the opening ceremony, Senior Deputy Director Mr Jimmy Chua in his speech noted that the course was a timely one because “rapid urbanisation is one of the most important global development issues of today’s world”. Senior Urban Planner from CDIA Mr Hans-Juergen Cassens concurred and added that the value of such a programme was also in the sharing of participants’ experiences with one another.

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