Training program on Integrated Urban Development co-financed by the Agence Française de Développement and the Singapore Cooperation Program
Under the strategic partnership agreement between France and Singapore signed in October 2012, the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and the Singapore Cooperation Program (SCP) co-financed a training program dedicated to sustainable urban development which took place from 27th June to 2nd July 2016 in Singapore.
Implemented as part of the Fund for Technical Expertise and Exchange of Experience (FEXTE), this training program, which followed on from a successful first edition in 2014, was aimed at public decision makers from 11 South and East Asian countries.
The program, whose innovative format blended capacity strengthening and economic influence, was designed to present the different components of eco-districts, from conception to completion, via an approach drawing comparisons between the Singaporean and French models. Intended for high-level decision makers, including AFD’s partners in the government ministries and municipalities of the countries concerned, the training program aimed to heighten participants’ awareness of the quality of the French model and the relevance of the French standards and approaches in sustainable urban development sectors, in particular eco-districts (energy, transport, water, waste, natural habitats, climate and associated tools, financing and PPPs). The program also gave support to participants in considering their own urban projects by examining the specific challenges they face.
The training program, which was supported by the French Embassy in Singapore, was a chance for around 20 French operators from companies within the sector, local authorities, and French institutions working in areas relating to eco-districts, to capitalise on French experience and expertise. With its sector-based input that is both theoretical and methodological, the program proceeded via a series of themed workshops tackling the various different components associated with eco-districts.
This new training session, organised by the AFD’s training department (CEFEB), the Asia department, and the Local Authorities and Urban Development division, with assistance from the ALGOE/ESSEC Asia-Pacific group, presented an opportunity for a direct relationship to be established between French experts and Asian decision makers. As such, it contributed to further increasing visibility among decision makers in the target countries of “Mieux vivre en ville” (“Better City Living”) – a French offering known under the label “Vivapolis” that is an export brand for French operators in this area.