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ESC proposes new waterfront city, nuclear energy

By Joanne Chan/Lin JiaMei, Channel NewsAsia | Posted: 01 February 2010

City skyscrapers in Singapore (file pic)


It has been reported :


SINGAPORE: The Economic Strategies Committee (ESC) on Monday gave extensive recommendations to ensure energy sustainability and the full optimisation of Singapore's land space, given the island-state's limited resources.

Among the plans is a new waterfront city at Tanjong Pagar, currently a port area comprising Keppel and Pulau Brani. The current port lease in the area expires in 2027.

The land area is similar in size to Marina Bay and the committee believes it can potentially allow for a substantial expansion of the business district, integrated with waterfront housing, hotels and other lifestyle attractions.

Grace Fu, Senior Minister of State for National Development and co-chair of ESC Sub-committee On Land, said: "This piece of land, I think will give us lots of elements to work on. We're quite excited about the potential. It is large, it is well-located, so we believe that it offers us opportunities to create economic, social, recreational, tourism opportunities."

The committee said there is also a need for an underground master plan. It said the government should catalyse the development of underground space over the next decade. The committee also emphasized a need to develop subterranean land rights, a valuation framework and to establish a national geology office.

Ms Fu said: "The government can take the lead by creating basement spaces, in conjunction with new infrastructure development. We can create land bank, underground land bank, especially around our rail system. Also, we'd like to develop an underground masterplan to ensure that underground and above ground are synergised and optimised."

The "hard" infrastructure aside, there is also a strong push for Singapore to provide the best quality of life in Asia. And this involves growing the arts and entertainment scene by developing economically and socially vibrant districts, such as Bugis.

Lui Tuck Yew, Acting Information, Communications & Arts Minister and co-chair of ESC Sub-Committee On Global City, said: "Singapore features very well on the global competitiveness indices, as a place to do business, as a place for the economy to grow and so on.

"Where, I think, we have room to improve further, is actually on the softer issues, the softer aspects - the cultural areas, the arts - as well as to make this place an even more liveable city."

Mr Lui said Singapore should develop by 2020 at least five world-class institutions in diverse fields such as arts, design and fashion.

Besides land constraints, Singapore also faces energy resource constraints. The committee suggested that Singapore study the feasibility of using nuclear energy in the long term, an idea which Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in 2008 said he "hasn't ruled out".

The ESC said the option could help meet base load electricity demand as well as Singapore's energy security in the long run.

In the medium term, the committee suggested Singapore should explore coal and electricity imports to diversify its energy sources. Importing energy will also free up valuable land in the country.


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Tangjong Pagar is Next Marina Bay

It has been reported :

EVEN before Singapore's Marina Bay is completed, the next iconic development has been identified by the Economic Strategies Committee (ESC) - Tanjong Pagar.

Senior Minister of State Grace Fu said on Monday that the port could be transformed 'into a another Marina Bay and it can offer immense opportunities to support future growth'.

This is an example of the 'bold and imaginative urban planning and redevelopment' that the ESC report said is necessary to develop the infrastructure necessary to provide 'the highest quality of life in Asia'.

The port's lease is up in 2027.

'We have to make more efficient use of our land, to maximise optimise its economic value and preserve a sense of space in our residential neighbourhoods,' said the report, released on Monday.

'We must also expand our land bank. by investing in the creation of underground space, especially around our transport nodes,' it added.

The end-goal of such infrastructure development is to position Singapore as a global city.

'Being a global city and a meeting point in Asia for enterprise, talent, cultures and ideas, will be a source of competitiveness and growth in its own right.' said the report.

The ESC report is available on the ESC website at


The Straits Times Newspaper

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Tanjong Pagar Port Area Move to Tuas - Singapore New City


Tanjong Pagar Port Area Move to Tuas - Singapore New City





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Tanjong Pagar might become the next Marina Bay


The Economic Strategies Committee (ESC) - a government agency that "develops and recommend strategies to grow Singapore's future as a leading global city in the heart of Asia" - has suggested that Singapore convert the Tanjong Pagar port area into a waterfront city, much like Marina Bay.

Wonder if they'll spend hundreds of thousands on some foreign branding agency to help choose a new name for Tanjong Pagar.

Anyway, that area has a lot of potential for development. According to Grace Fu, Senior Minister of State for National Development,

This area is very attractive, it is just at the fringe of the city, the size is comparable to another Marina Bay and it can offer immense opportunities to support future growth

Because of its proximity to the Central Business District, Sentosa and universities, Tanjong Pagar ‘will give us lots of elements to work on and we’re quite excited about the potential’, she added.

When PSA Corporation's lease on the land expires in 2027, the area can be redeveloped into a business district with apartments, hotels, lifestyle and tourism facilities.

But at the moment, these strategies are just suggestions, nothing concrete will come out of it at this point of time. Still, it's always good to think ahead. More recommendations are on the way, especially on "Maximising Value from Land as a Scarce Resource" on 4th Feb 2010.

Via Straits Times. Read about the Economic Strategies Committee (ESC)

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What's so special about Singapore?


This Garden City, with trees, shrubs and flowering plants along most roads and with open space covered with grass, is clean and bright.

People are friendly, law abiding, charitable and will assist you in anyway they can and most locals can speak English. The country has very comprehensive mode of transportations, buses, trains and axis, to get you to the desired destination.

With good security protection, it the the safest city within the region and you can go anywhere safely, even at 2 am in the morning. It is a shopping paradise with good shopping complexes, kept open till late in the night or open for 24 hours. These shopping centers sell only authentic branded items or get to Bugis Village for cheap and good merchandises and souvenirs.

Singapore is the best location for all types of food and ethnic dishes. The various food centres offer authentic cooking of all races and nationalities at affordable prices. A local breakfast, including coffee or tea will cost you about S$3/- to S$4/- A normal lunch or dinner at such locations will very most cost about S$ 12 to S$ 15/- for 2 but will cost more if seafood is being ordered.

Singapore is also a hub for cheap and budget airfare to the region and Australia. From here you can get to Thailand, Indonesia, Kampuchea, Vietnam and Laos for a short trip before going home.

It is "Uniquely to Visit Singapore"



  • Singapore is a weird anomaly and freak show of Southeast Asia. We're a First World country in a turbulent, chaotic, messy Third World region.

    Singaporeans like myself have to escape the gilded cage at least occasionally to see how the real world lives. When I was in north Vietnam a local said to me he wanted to visit Singapore for its cleanliness [sic], the stuff of fantastical legend. A friend of his who'd been had told him he didn't have to change his shirt once in four days, LOL. He was being perfectly serious. Mind boggling.

    Even America can seem a bit Third World in comparison.

    - Zoo
    -Sentosa Island (beaches)
    - Downtown east, wild wild wet (swimming pool with slides and wave pool)
    - Merlion
    - Esplanade (arts centre)
    - St Andrews's Cathedral (Singapore's oldest church)
    - Arab street (some good arabic feel)
    - Little India

    Singapore is an amazing melting pot of races and religions, old and new, traditional and modern.
    Oh man! There's so much more Singapore can offer! I shall help you with what you can do in Singapore. Though a SMALL ISLAND, if we care to explore, there is a lot OF TREASURES in this island nation!


    - Farms in Lim Chu Kang, small countryside of S'pore!
    - Treetop walk in KentRidge Park (MUST SEE!)
    - Bt Timah Reserve (Monkeys, snakes, BIG SPIDERS, birds!)
    - World-renowned zoo (animals in natural, enclosed habitats) and birdpark (with a LARGE NET CAGE with birds flying ALL AROUND!)
    - Pulau Ubin, an offshore island belonging to S'pore, for a cycling experience in a tropical environment, plus BOARD WALKS!


    - Bugis street with little shops
    - Orchard Road, main shopping district
    - Mustafa Centre, 24 HOUR SHOPPING MALL in Little India! CHEAP!
    - Neighbourhood malls along ALMOST EVERY TRAIN STATION!
    - You can also cross the causeway from Singapore to Johor Bahru, Malaysia to do some shopping in City Sq. The clothes are generally CHEAPER by a bit. Their currency is Ringgit and 1 Singapore Dollar is about 2.30 Ringgit.


    - Geylang, S'pore's red light district, another sleazy side of S'pore, PLUS lots of good local food! Don't stray into the dark alleys though!
    - Food courts in shopping malls with food from many places!
    - Bedok interchange food centre (non-air con)


    - Clarke Quay, riverside, with lots of pubs, bars, clubs
    - Boat Quay, more of seafood restaurants and small bars
    - Zouk
    - Butterfactory

  • 1. S E Asia's cleanest city.
    2. Excellent public transportation system
    3. The best airport in the world.
    4. Shopping heaven & food, glorious food.
    5. World renowned zoo & night safari

    Having said that ..
    1. Kiasu attitude puts me off.
    2. Everything so damned expensive but cheap compared to USA or Europe.


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Why Singapore?

More than 7,000 foreign companies have established a presence in Singapore. Among them, 460 are French, ranging from one-employee start-ups to multinationals.


...One of the best business environments in Asia

  • A business-minded government: a comprehensive offer of business, education, trade & tax incentives.

  • One of the best places in the world to start a business: seed funding and other programs for start-ups.

  • One of the most stable, predictable and transparent societies in Asia: low political risk; rule of law; a foreigners-friendly society composed of many ethical & religious communities.

  • Safe & comfortable: one of the world safest cities, Singapore offers growing opportunities of entertainment, cultural and lifestyle options.



...Industry oriented towards innovation & knowledge

  • Clusters: Biomedical Sciences; Electronic & Precision Engineering; Info communications & Media; Headquarters Services; Chemicals; Logistics & Transport, Engineering & Environmental Services; Education Services; Professional Services.

  • A talented workforce: Singapore ranks among the best countries for productivity, work attitude and technical skills; best English proficiency in Asia.

  • R&D Resources: ranking among the best in the world; a community of local and foreign researchers.

  • IP Protection: no 1 in Asia for Intellectual Property Protection; member of main international IP-related conventions and organizations.


...A springboard to the region

  • Access to regional markets: through IE, the Singapore Trade Board, and through local representations of all major Asian business communities from India, China and other Asian countries.
  • Extensive trade hubs: Singapore, member of the ASEAN, has signed numerous Free Trade Agreements with many countries in the world, removing barriers to trade & investment.
  • One of the best infrastructures in the world: world-class sea, air & telecommunications links.
  • A leading financial center: probably the best place in Asia for regional treasury headquarters; a regional hub for VC funding and financing.

For further information, please visit the following websites:


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