Tianjin, : The bilateral and national-level cooperation project, Sino-Singapore Eco (SSTEC) city has emerged as a model for sustainable city, just 150 kilometers away from Beijing, learned Journalists from South Asian and South East Asian countries.
The media delegations paid a visit to one of the unique and well developed Eco city in Tianjin which was a second flagship Government-to-Government project between Singapore and China after Suzhou Industrial Park.
Commenced in 2007, the development of the Eco-city has contributed greatly to the economic growth of the Tianjin Binhai New Area (TBNA).
The Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City made significant progress in 2016 to provide more amenities, further improving the quality of living for its residents.
Last year, seven new schools opened in the Eco-City. The city now has 14 schools in total, providing quality learning environments to over 7,000 students.
Two neighborhood centers, the Sino-Singapore Eco-City Hospital of Tianjin Medical University and a sports hall also started their operations in 2016.
The Eco-City also started construction on five schools, three commercial complexes, two healthcare centres, a lifestyle centre, as well as the Z4 rail line, which, upon completion, will allow easy commuting from the Eco-City to the rest of Tianjin.
The Eco-city’s basic infrastructure completed and the first batch of residents moved into the city in early 2012. The SSTEC is planned for a population of 350,000 while the figure of population right now has reached to 30,000. This opens up a myriad of opportunities for local companies looking to showcase their eco-solutions, collaborate in environmental services and other downstream areas like retail and education services
The total registered capital of Singapore-based companies in the Eco-city exceeds S$1.36 billion (6.8 billion yuan).
The project was mooted by then Singapore Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao in April 2007, against the backdrop of rapid urbanisation and increasing global attention on the importance of sustainable development. On 18 November 2007, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao signed a Framework Agreement for Singapore and China to jointly develop Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-city.
The journalists also visited the digital animation center located in the Eco city which have created and developed the popular cartoons and caricatures who have won the hearts of viewers not only even in China but the world wide as well.