Cities must continuously transform themselves to stay relevant: Khaw Boon Wan [News]
By Lip Kwok Wai, Channel NewsAsia, 15 Jun 2013.
BILBAO, Spain: National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan has urged cities to continuously transform themselves to stay relevant.
Wrapping up the World Cities Summit Mayors Forum in Bilbao on June 14, Mr Khaw said if cities choose to rely on practices from the past, they will be overtaken by other emerging cities.
He said change is part of the process that enables cities to rejuvenate and to revitalise themselves but cities must manage change sensitively to enable their people to feel that their lives have become better with change, and not be overwhelmed by change.
Mr Khaw believes technology will be key to a city’s sustainability.
“Technology will continue to prop up to assist us in how to run the economy in a more sustainable way. Another good example is traffic, cars. Technology in that area will change and we hope there will be more electric cars”
This year’s forum includes a business summit for the first time.
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Source: Channel NewsAsia