Singapore Current Affairs

6th edition of biennial World Cities Summit held in Singapore

The sixth edition of biennial World Cities Summit was held in Singapore from July 8 to 12, 2018. Its theme was “Liveable & Sustainable Cities: Embracing the Future through Innovation and Collaboration“. The summit was held together with Singapore International Water Week and CleanEnviro Summit Singapore.

Key Facts

The summit was jointly organised by Singapore’s Centre for Liveable Cities and Urban Redevelopment Authority. This year theme went beyond themes of urban governance and liveable cities, to embrace future of cities through technology, innovation and collaboration. The summit explored ways for making cities more liveable and resilient through better governance and planning, technology and social innovations as well as collaborations with various stakeholders with other cities.  It brought together over 20,000 attendees and record number of mayors from over 100 cities around the world to drive future-forward solutions. It provided unique integrated global platform to drive integrated urban solutions, connect global business experts, policy-makers, industry leaders and innovators through strategic collaborative efforts and cutting-edge technologies.

World Cities Summit

It is biennial international conference series on public governance and sustainable development of cities. It provides platform for government leaders and industry experts to address liveable and sustainable city challenges, share integrated urban solutions and forge new partnerships. It brings together practitioners and policy makers with leading experts in their field to identify innovative solutions to the most pressing challenges facing cities. The first summit, was held in Singapore in June 2008 and focused on the theme of “Liveable and Vibrant Cities”.


Genome Valley 2.0: Telangana Government inks MoU with Singapore’s Surbana Jurong

Telangana Government has signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Singapore-based engineering & consulting firm Surbana Jurong for preparing roadmap for Genome Valley 2.0. It will be an upgraded version of life sciences and biotechnology industrial cluster state’s capital city Hyderabad.

Genome Valley

Genome Valley is India’s first organized pharma-biotech cluster for life sciences R&D activities and largest life sciences destination in Asia, being home to over 200 companies employing 10,000 people. It is already home to multinationals such as Novartis, GlaxoSmithKline, DuPont, Mylan, US Pharmacopeia among others. It includes 6 of world’s top 10 R&D companies and three of India’s largest vaccine manufacturers.

The cluster was conceptualized in 1999 in Shamirpet, Hyderabad, India. It is spread over 600 sq kms in vicinity of Hyderabad. It is India’s first systematically developed R&D cluster, boasting world-class infrastructure facilities in form of Industrial/Knowledge Parks, Special Economic Zones (SEZs), Multi-tenanted wet laboratories and Incubation facilities. It synergizes a healthy mix of companies in realm of biopharma, vaccine manufacturing, agri-biotech, Clinical Research Management (CRM), regulatory and testing, and other related areas.

Genome Valley 2.0

Genome Valley 2.0 is vision to upgrade cluster into  world-class knowledge led integrated corridor in  self-sufficient life sciences ecosystem. It is being envisioned to transform into industry led knowledge based ecosystem to become a driver for local economic development.  It will introduce world class knowledge cluster and lay master plan to transform the ecosystem into a smart satellite town of Hyderabad. Its expansion will enable more global companies to establish and expand their operations.