12 November 2013
Singapore and China have agreed to build a new "smart" city with the likely site being the Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP), the flagship Sino-Singapore cooperation project launched 19 years ago.
Both governments want to test smart city technology with a view to using it in other cities.
Zhang Dongchi, chief of the science and technology development bureau of the SIP administrative committee, said Suzhou had "borrowed from the experiences of Singapore in making its own smart city layout".
Suzhou Industrial Park, a 19-year-old joint venture between Singapore and China, is the likely candidate for the joint venture smart city pilot project (Credit: Mudaxiong/Wikimedia)
Singapore’s Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) said sites in Singapore were also being considered.
The signing took place at the 10th China-Singapore Joint Council for Bilateral Cooperation meeting last month in Singapore between the IDA, International Enterprise (IE) and the Singapore and Suzhou Industrial Park administrative committee.
Mr Yew Sung Pei, Assistant CEO of IE Singapore, said: "China’s latest plan to develop over 190 smart city pilots will bring immense opportunities to Singapore companies to provide solutions for wide-ranging sectors such as transport, education, environment, e-government and healthcare."