Singapore – France : New technologies for a smarter and more sustainable city !
Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan, Singaporean Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, as well as Minister in charge of the Smart Nation Initiative, launched the first Franco-Singaporean Forum on Smart and Sustainable City . 20 French companies made the journey to promote their know-how.
154 companies, including Singaporean governmental organisations (National Environment Agency, Public Utilities Board, Infocomm Development Authority, Economic Development Board, Land Transport Authority,…), and more than 230 invited guests, took part in the event, which is organized under the aegis of the Vivapolis brand.
Represented by Michèle Pappalardo, VIVAPOLIS is the umbrella brand, which aims to group together French public and private players wishing to promote a shared objective of sustainable urban development internationally.
The largest French and Singaporean companies as well as dynamic SMEs from the industry could discuss problems and challenges facing the development of new technologies for the city of tomorrow, during three workshops based on the themes of smart transportation, optimization of energy resources in the city and the buildings and the sustainable and innovative management of water and waste.
The event also presented the occasion for the signing of contracts in the presence of Dr. Balakrishnan and His Excellency, Benjamin Dubertret, Ambassador of France to Singapore. The Public Utilities Board, Economic Development Board and Suez Environnement thus formalised 3 R&D projects in the water industry, while SOXAL, Singapore’s primary producer of industrial gas confirmed the acquisition of software solutions from the SME, Evolution Energie, for all its sites (5% of electricity production of the city).
For the occasion, Paris-Ile de France Capitale Economique [Greater Paris Investment Agency] (EPADESA-La Défense, EPA-Plaine de France, Gécina, Wilmotte, Orange, Vinci et Freshfields Buckhaus Deringer) made the trip to promote the Grand Paris project and more than 40M euros of investment opportunites during a round table session.
This synergy, unprecedented in Singapore, between the Export and Attractivity components of the Agency in a single operation, was much appreciated by the Singaporean public. Some powerful local economic players also had discusssions with the Parisian delegation regarding potential investments in Grand Paris.