Singapore has enjoyed unprecedented rates of growth in the past three decades. We have transformed from a third-world nation to a first world nation. Industries,
I think all of us here will agree that Singapore is one of the world’s most functional and successful societies. While our view may appear biased since we are Singaporeans, pretty sure that many people outside the nation will agree to this hypothesis. But there are always areas for improvement.
There are many cities and towns globally that are known for attributes such as quality of living, inclusiveness, financial equality, sustainability and technological impact. Off the top of our heads, we can think of cities in Switzerland, Norway, Denmark and Sweden that are universally regarded. Let us analyze some key examples that we can learn from.
Seoul, South Korea
While Seoul has always been a global leader in manufacturing and electronics, Seoul is also a prime example of sustainability. Seoul is number one when it comes to waste recycling, be it organic or inorganic. Seoul citizens are environmentally aware and take the right decisions when it comes to dealing with waste. No wonder the city is one of the most green cities.
Berlin is like Japan after the second world war, in the sense that it has grown from a wreck of a city after the Berlin wall takedown to one of the most cleanest and livable cities. In fact, berlin has the 3rd best global record when it comes to removing carbon footprint. Its focus lie purely on clean tech and sustainability. It is a major capital in Europe and yet surprisingly is the best when it comes to managing traffic congestion.
Of course, no list is complete without a Scandinavian city. Stockholm leads other cities globally in multiple domains – digitalization of economy, cleanliness of air, internet access and political stability – to mention just a few. If we can learn anything from Stockholm, it is perhaps the best way for a government to function and the economy to prosper despite being a welfare state.
Toronto has the world’s 2nd best entrepreneurial environment. Under the central leadership of Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, Toronto has prospered and blossomed into a tech and startup hub. While Singapore is definitely there in the global picture, it has areas to improve.
These are some cases we can observe and learn from. While we are the global leader when it comes to things like safety and security, we can do so much more!