On October 3, during his working trip to the Republic of Singapore, Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov visited the Council for Housing Construction and Improvement, where he was presented housing projects implemented in the country, starting with the issue of land allocation, construction and renovation, ending with the distribution of housing among various social groups.
The Council is the state administration in the Ministry of National Development responsible for public housing in Singapore. The council was founded in 1960 during the housing crisis in the country. During the formation of the republic it was necessary to ensure sanitary conditions of life, to carry out resettlement of people from slums to affordable public housing. Today, more than 80 per cent of Singaporeans live in public housing provided by the Council.
Minnikhanov expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to meet and for the presentation of interesting projects. "Tatarstan attaches great importance to expanding contacts with Singapore in various fields. We are studying the experience of your beautiful country with great interest and are striving to use your best practices. Innovations and information and communications technologies, urban planning, architectural design and urban landscaping, business and residential infrastructure, developed urban public transport for the "smart" city are important areas of cooperation for us. The form of solving the problem of providing comfortable and affordable housing in your country is unique. You have more than one million apartments available at a time. The implementation of such programmes is possible with a sufficiently high level of the average income of the population," he said.