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Getting Singapore’s Smart Nation vision right

Nurdianah Md Nur | July 20, 2015
The Smart Nation initiative isn’t about technology alone, but how the republic applies technology to enhance the quality of life for its citizens, says a minister of the Singapore government.

"There is actually a tight nexus between a sustainable environment, an entrepreneurial dynamic economy, and a Smart Nation. If we can get this balance right, Singapore will have enormous opportunities to develop potential solutions to global challenges like climate change, economic restructuring and a cohesive society in the midst of great diversity," said Dr Balakrishnan.

Echoing Dr Balakrishnan's sentiments, Goh Chee Kiong, Executive Director of Cleantech at the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), added that companies could use Singapore as a test-bed for clean technology and urban solutions. "Singapore is now regarded as a living lab where companies can leverage our existing infrastructure, to develop, test and commercialise innovative urban solutions in a real-life setting. After using Singapore as the reference site in Asia for new technologies, companies can scale up the urban solutions for regional markets and beyond."


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