During the “Smart City Dialogue” event, public and private institutions met to discuss the Smart City agenda of Denmark and Singapore, and what the two countries can learn from one another.
Singapore’s Smart Nation Programme Office and the Royal Danish Embassy in Singapore jointly hosted the two-day event held in Singapore, during October 2015. More than 100 participants attended a series of talks and interactive sessions to share their experience so far and seek collaboration opportunities.
Singapore and Denmark have publicly committed to be leading nations in terms of sustainability and the Smart City agenda. Singapore is planning to be the world’s first Smart Nation by 2050, investing in areas such as urban habitat, water management, intelligent transport solutions and health. These topics are also on the agenda of Danish authorities, who are known for providing a livable environment and are determined to generate 50% of the nation's energy from renewable sources by 2020.
As part of her speech, H.E Berit Basse, Denmark’s Ambassador to Singapore, stated that “Both Singapore and Denmark are developing Smart City solutions, and despite our differences and approaches, the outcome and purpose are the same – it’s about our people and about improving their quality of life”.
At the same time, in one of his public comments, Vivian Balakrishnan, Singapore's Minister for Foreign Affairs, emphasized that “Denmark has had a long tradition in urban development and I believe there is much we can learn from each other. After all, we face similar urban challenges as countries like Denmark - managing a growing city, ageing population, and the need to ensure resource sustainability”.
Quercus Group team attended the “Smart City Dialogue” event in Singapore and gained valuable insights about the market. If you would like to read more on Danish-Singaporean capabilities on Smart Cities, you can find the latest report we delivered for the Royal Danish Embassy, here.