Looking Ahead to 2018: Top 5 Most Anticipated Events in Singapore

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As Singapore enters its 53rd year of independence, the island city-state is looking at a noteworthy 2018. For the first time in a decade, Singapore assumes Chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), leading the regional blocs’ agenda and discussions.

The country’s Smart Nation push continues at full steam, with many events bringing the public and private sectors together to discuss the future of the world’s cities. New technologies continue to dominate the spotlight. Here, we highlight some of the most pivotal events in Singapore to anticipate in 2018.

1. The 32nd & 33rd ASEAN Summit 2018

Dates: April 25-28, 2018 & November 11-15, 2018

Organisers: The Government of Singapore

“Resilience and Innovation.” If there are two words to remember for the year, these are it. As the main themes of Singapore’s Chairmanship of ASEAN, the country has outlined the digital economy, trade facilitation, and energy security as some of the key priorities the region will discuss in 2018. Without a doubt, the 33rd ASEAN Summit is first on our list as the most anticipated event in Singapore this year!

At the semi-annual ASEAN Summits, April and November will see leaders and top officials from the 10 ASEAN member states arrive in Singapore to discuss policies surrounding these economic priorities, and leaders of various ASEAN Dialogue Partners like China, Japan, and South Korea are also expected to engage in the process. To learn more about the previous ASEAN summits, you can refer to the official ASEAN website.

To register your interest for the upcoming 33rd ASEAN Summit 2018, visit here.


2. The 8th World Bank-Singapore Infrastructure Finance Summit

Dates: April 5, 2018

Organisers: Financial Times, World Bank Group, Ministry of Finance Singapore, Monetary Authority of Singapore

With Asia projected to remain the fastest-growing region in economic terms through 2030, infrastructure growth and improvement must keep pace with GDP growth. The annual World Bank-Singapore Infrastructure Finance Summit brings ASEAN Finance Ministers, industry leaders, and international investors together for public-private debate on closing the financing gap for infrastructure investment. The 2018 edition of the Summit will discuss topics like the role of multilateral agencies in incentivising financing, and the opportunities of cross-border projects like the Belt and Road Initiative. This April’s forum will be addressed by eminent speakers like Singapore’s Minister for Finance Heng Swee Keat, Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer of the World Bank Group Joaquim Levy, and Managing Director of Moody’s Investors Service Terry Fanous.

For more information, click here.


3. World Cities Summit

Dates: July 8-12, 2018

Organisers: Centre for Liveable Cities Singapore, Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore

The biennial World Cities Summit brings together government and industry experts to discuss the challenges to creating liveable and sustainable cities, share solutions, and build partnerships between different cities of the world. While the 2017 edition explored better governance and resilience through policy, technology, and social innovations, the 2018 Summit will focus on addressing the ways innovation and collaboration can create liveable and sustainable cities for the future. At the conference, the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize will be bestowed on a city that displays foresight, good governance, and innovation to benefit its community – past laureates include Medellín, Colombia, and Suzhou, China. The Summit also plays host to the World Cities Summit Mayors Forum, a peer-to-peer platform that brings together mayors from cities in all regions of the world to share best practices in providing a high quality of life and discuss pivotal urban issues facing cities.

For more information, click here.

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4. Internet of Things Asia

Dates: March 21-22, 2018

Organisers: Singapore Industrial Automation Association, SingEx Exhibitions

In support of the nation’s Smart Nation Initiative, the 2018 edition of IoT Asia is expected to bring together 6,000+ technology decision-makers to discuss the future of internet connectivity, devices, and data – the Internet of Things. 2018 will be IoT Asia’s largest yet, with 2 ‘Focus Days’ revolving around Smart Cities and Industrial IoT, exhibitors from both government and prominent private sector organisations (such as Singtel, Tata Communications, and Sigfox), and a keynote address by Minister-in-Charge of the Smart Nation Initiative Dr Vivian Balakrishnan.

For more information, click here.


5. The 55th IFLA World Congress & IFLA World Council Meeting

Dates: July 16-17, 2018 & July 18-21, 2018

Organisers: International Federation of Landscape Architects, Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects

For only the second time in its 55 year history, the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) World Congress will convene in Singapore, the “City in a Garden”. Directly preceded by the IFLA World Council Meeting, and held in conjunction with the National Parks Board’s Singapore Garden Festival, the IFLA World Congress is the largest event for landscape professionals in the world. The Congress will bring together industry experts to discuss the way urban and natural environments interact, and how best to develop sustainable and liveable environments for human communities – through the three themes of ‘Biophilic City’, ‘Smart Nation’ and ‘Future Resilience’.

For more information, click here.

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in March 2018 and has been revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness

Feature Image Credit: Sebastian Pichler on Unsplash


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