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Asia-Pac ministers affirm importance of creating liveable communities

Infrastructure ministers and senior officials from the Asia Pacific region met in Singapore over two days to share experiences and exchange best practices on building sustainable and highly liveable environments.

SINGAPORE: Infrastructure ministers and senior officials from Brunei, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Malaysia and Singapore met in Singapore on Saturday and Sunday to share experiences and exchange best practices on building sustainable and highly liveable environments.

The 10th Ministers' Forum on Infrastructure Development in the Asia-Pacific Region was centred on the theme of "Infrastructure for Sustainable Development: Creating Liveable Communities".

The event was held in conjunction with the World Cities Summit, Singapore International Water Week and the Clean Enviro Summit.

In his welcome address, Singapore’s National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan emphasised the importance of putting people at the heart of infrastructure development strategies and policies, and the opportunities for governments to work with and tap on the energy and ideas from the community.

A statement from the secretariat for the 10th Ministers' Forum on Infrastructure Development in the Asia-Pacific Region said delegates actively contributed their views and discussed ideas with one another.

Sharing the experience of Singapore, Minister of State for National Development Desmond Lee touched on the Singapore government's plan to harness the potential of technology to transform Singapore into a Smart Nation to improve the lives of its people.

He added that infrastructure ought to be the supportive hardware by which the heartware of communities and friendships are forged.

To affirm their commitment to sustainable development and the creation of liveable communities, the ministers endorsed and adopted a joint declaration which outlined the areas for greater cooperation and collaboration between member countries.

Those areas include sustainable urbanisation, planning and management of infrastructure, climate change and resource sustainability, and building homes and strengthening communities. 

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