Khoo Teng Chye, Executive Director of Centre for Liveable Cities, talked about Singapore being voted the third most liveable city in the world. As a Singaporean who has lived away from the country for the last 12 years, Singapore’s liveability is a big draw for me in my consideration to return home. Our focus on education, sophisticated urban development as well as environmental friendliness and sustainable living (who can imagine, we did it with NEWater!) has completely transformed Singapore in the last decade.
The city-state today is very different from the one I grew up in, and this is perhaps the result of how both the public and private sectors have worked hand in hand to develop the country. This reminds me of the need to always reorientate, reignite and even reinvent ourselves for the future – the theme of this year’s Summit. In my humble view, there is no city more apt than Singapore to host this year’s Summit program, because what the country has today is a result of positive change and development over the years.