Singapore digest news (14.08-19.08)

Singapore plans to dig up its landfill site

Singapore is exploring plans to dig up its landfill to create extra space as the country struggles with limited capacity to handle its growing volume of waste.

Digging up and reusing ash from incinerated waste could extend the life of Semakai, a landfill located about 8 kilometres from Singapore's coastline and expected to be exhausted by 2035.


Singapore’s July visitor arrivals grow to 1.4 million on strong return of Chinese travelers

Singapore’s international visitor arrivals climbed to 1.42 million in July, driven by a stronger return of Chinese travellers, which more than doubled from June.


Marriages in Singapore can be registered online from Sep 25

From Sep 25, instead of heading down to ROM, eligible couples can complete the process online, with their personal details filled out using their Singpass account. Currently, couples must meet with an officer from the ROM or ROMM either online or in person.

Video-link solemnisations will become a permanent option after they were first introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Couples will also no longer be legally required to sign a hard copy marriage certificate during the solemnisation ceremony. They will instead be issued a digital certificate via email after the ceremony, which serves as proof of marriage.


Nanyang Business School to launch new joint international MBA

NTU Singapore and Vietnam’s University of Economics Ho Chi Minh (UEH) are planning to launch a new International Master of Business Administration (IMBA) programme.

The joint Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between both universities for the programme was signed on 25 July 2023 at UEH by Dean of NTU’s College of Business (Nanyang Business School) Professor Christina Soh, and Dean of UEH’s School of Management, College of Business, Dr Ngo Quang Huan.


Singapore can play central role as Asia seeks climate financing solutions: Asian Development Bank regional director

There is a huge climate financing gap in Asia and globally, with estimates showing that as much as US$5 trillion is needed annually to achieve net zero emissions.

There is an urgent need for Asia to accelerate its financing efforts in order to achieve its net zero emission targets, especially as it contributes a majority of global emissions, said a regional director at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Wednesday (Aug 16).

“The challenge is great. More than 50 per cent of the global emissions of the world come from Asia and the Pacific. Tackling climate change is critical and it needs to be done today,” Mr Jackie Surtani, the ADB’s regional director for Singapore, told CNA’s Asia First.

Having been in Singapore for two months, Mr Surtani said the country can play a pivotal role in driving sustainable investments for climate financing, given its position as a regional hub.