SOUTHEAST ASIA BUILDING27 Apr 2023
Urban Land Institute to host 2023 Asia Pacific Summit in Singapore
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Singapore – The Urban Land Institute (ULI) announced that its 2023 Asia Pacific Summit will take place in Singapore from 29 May to 1 June at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore.

The summit is expected to bring together more than 700 decision makers from all corners of Asia Pacific’s commercial real estate industry to address current and future challenges facing the region.

The three-day summit will feature a range of expert panels and remarks by industry leaders to share insights into global trends in real estate, including the challenges of inflationary pressures, supply chain constraints, rising interest rates, and economic uncertainty. Discussions also will focus on solutions to improve housing attainability, social equity, and sustainability in cities across the region and globally.

Keynote speaker Minister Indranee Rajah, who serves as Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Second Minister for Finance, Second Minister for National Development, and Leader of the House for the 14th Parliament, will headline the summit and share how events of recent years have shaped Singapore’s urban development initiatives. Other prominent speakers include Prof. Khoo Teng Chye, Director, Practice Professor with the College of Design and Engineering at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Chair of ULI Asia Pacific; Benett Theseira, Managing Director at PGIM Real Estate and head of Asia Pacific; and Mr. Lim Eng Hwee, Chief Executive Officer of Singapore’s Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA).

In addition, the summit will organise experiential study tours, including the Central Business District, Changi, and the Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL) – Singapore’s newest Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) line and one of the world’s longest driverless rapid transit lines.

“The emerging and developed economies of the Asia Pacific region remain bright spots for investors amid economic headwinds and will drive much of global growth in the years to come,” said David Faulkner, President, ULI APAC. “Leveraging this increased investment in ways that advance social and environmental goals will be key to creating more livable and inclusive cities. Singapore’s unique approach to urban development – including its initiatives for affordable housing, multi-use developments, and easier connectivity to outdoor spaces – can serve as useful blueprints for other cities in the Asia Pacific region as they tackle the challenges of rapid urbanisation.”

“The future of cities around the world will be shaped by the current trend of rapid urbanisation and how we respond to the many challenges it presents,” said Ron Pressman, Global CEO, ULI. “This is especially true in the Asia Pacific region, where innovative thinking and a collaborative approach will be needed to build thriving communities, address gaps in affordable housing, and stay on track to meet net-zero targets. By bringing together leading cross-disciplinary experts to exchange innovative solutions to these pressing issues, the ULI Asia Pacific Summit will help equip the region’s industry leaders to turn challenges into sustainable growth opportunities and build a better future for all.”