French delegation reinforces commitment to global innovation at World Cities Summit
Singapore, 9 July 2018 - Smart and sustainable cities, one of the six priority sectors identified for the France-Singapore Year of Innovation 2018 partnership, will come under the spotlight at Singapore’s World Cities Summit (WCS) from 8 to 12 July 2018. Over 30 French companies are participating in this 6th edition of the summit.
Over the years, French companies have continued to develop strong capabilities in innovating and providing urban solutions, especially within their Singapore operations, across the water, energy, transport, urban planning and consulting sectors. The summit will further highlight the meaningful partnerships which have been cultivated between French and Singaporean businesses and research institutes.
This year, 13 French companies led by Business France will be on display at the French Pavilion. Occupying an exhibition space of almost 150m², these companies will showcase their innovations in a variety of sectors, such as energy, water management, cleantech, transport and infrastructure – all of which possess standards in line with the highly demanding and rapidly developing Asia-Pacific markets.
Two additional events co-located at the World Cities Summit — The 16th International Conference on Smart Homes and Health Telematics (ICOST 2018), and the third international Urban Innovation Awards — will also gather prestigious French, international and local speakers, who will share their insights around the topic of smart and sustainable cities:
ICOST 2018, taking place from 10 to 12 July, will bring together stakeholders from clinical, academic and industrial perspectives, along with end-users and caregivers, to discuss how technologies can be utilised to foster independent living and offer an enhanced quality of life. It will provide a platform for the presentation and discussion of research in the design, development, deployment and evaluation of smart urban environments, assistive technologies, chronic disease management, coaching and health telematics systems.
On 11 July, French daily Le Monde will be kicking off its third international Urban Innovation Awards with a conference on smart cities policies and evaluation. Titled "Cities evaluation beyond marketing", the conference will gather international-level speakers to discuss issues around evaluations, ranking, measuring cities’ performances, best practices and data governance. Le Monde will also reward and attribute prizes to the winning teams of their global smart cities challenge.
Mr. Marc Abensour, Ambassador of France to Singapore, said: “The sheer number, dedication, and excellence of French companies present at the summit – most of which are already well-established in Singapore and in the region – is a testament to France’s legacy and expertise in the field of smart and sustainable cities. I am confident that this summit will pave the way for further synergies across all levels between France and Singapore, as both countries provide a gateway to Europe and Southeast Asia respectively.”