The Sino-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City (SSGKC) continues as the next iconic project of Sino-Singapore cooperation after the Suzhou Industrial Park and Tianjin Eco City. The SSGKC project was jointly initiated by leaders from Guangdong and Singapore to serve as a strategic development platform and a model for economic transformation and industrial upgrading. The groundbreaking ceremony of SSGKC was held on 30 June 2010.
SSGKC is positioned as a unique, vibrant and sustainable city that is highly attractive to both talents and knowledge-based industries. In the next 20 years, SSGKC, covering an area of 123 sq km, is expected to house a live-in population of 500,000 and will provide a harmonious 'live, work, learn and play' environment.
In September 2008, Guangdong and Singapore jointly proposed the concept of SSGKC as an iconic project of Sino-Singapore collaboration. The Knowledge City Administrative Committee was granted municipal-level authorities, which contains legal provisions in many areas.
Since the founding of the SSGKC project, it has been viewed as a model for Guangdong's economic transformation. Favorable policies have been granted to ensure the smooth implementation and development in the areas of talent development, industry promotion, technology, and finance.