Lukwago in Singapore for cities summit


Lord mayor Erias Lukwago at Entebbe airport

Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago is in Singapore to participate in a 5-day Annual World Cities Summit /Mayors’ Forum 2016.

This year’s Summit will focus on ”Innovative Cities of Opportunities ” under the broad theme; ”Liveable and Sustainable Cities”.

This is Lukwago’s first International conference since he assumed office last month.

Shortly before he flew out of Entebbe International Airport, Lukwago posted on his Facebook wall: “Off to Singapore to participate in a 5-day Annual World Cities Summit /Mayors’ Forum 2016.”

Cultural centres from the civic district to Kampong Glam to the Botanic Gardens are what make Singapore more than just a place to live and work, writes Straits Times.

Such integration of arts and culture into city planning will take centre stage at a forum here involving 120 mayors and city leaders from around the world.

“It is the inclusion of the cultural element that makes concrete buildings our homes and gives our people a collective sense of place and identity,” Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu told The Sunday Times ahead of today’s start of the World Cities Summit Singapore.

For the first time, participants will discuss ways to enhance the cultural development of cities by designating or creating places that add to their distinctive identities.

This process, called creative place-making, is an integral part of Singapore’s efforts to not only raise participation in cultural activities but also to engage and educate people on the country’s history and heritage, said Mrs Rosa Daniel, chief executive officer of the National Heritage Board (NHB).

She said that places such as Kampong Glam and the Indian Heritage Centre go beyond showcasing Singapore’s cultural and creative offerings.

“By place-managing effectively, we can have authentic citizen engagement. We are making cultural locations highly accessible, by working around the people’s needs,” she said.

The free exhibition is being held at Level 4 of Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre, which is hosting the summit until Thursday.

The biennial summit is jointly organised by the Centre for Liveable Cities and the Urban Redevelopment Authority.

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