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Challenges and Reforms in Urban Governance: Insights from the Development Experience of China and Singapore

An inaugural publication on urban governance was jointly launched by the Ministry of National Development (MND), Singapore, and the Development Research Center of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China (DRC) on 12 Jul 2016.

This publication is the first research outcome of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between MND and DRC, witnessed by President Tony Tan and President Xi Jinping during the former’s state visit to the People’s Republic of China in July 2015.

The MOU aims to facilitate knowledge-sharing between China and Singapore in the areas of urban governance, liveability, sustainability and policy issues of concern to both governments, as well as draw lessons from the development experience of both countries through visiting fellowships, joint research and publications.

This inaugural publication is based on the development experiences and reforms of Singapore and China, and their respective journeys in creating liveable and sustainable cities. This publication focuses on four important aspects of urban development—Urbanisation Overview, Urban Planning and Governance, Public Housing and Urban Infrastructure Financing—and contains contributions from pioneers and eminent experts from both countries.