Singapore digest news (26 February - 01 March)

Singapore Airshow draws record turnout of nearly 60,000 trade visitors in 4 days

Nearly 60,000 trade visitors attended the first four days of the Singapore Airshow, eclipsing the previous record set in 2018 by 10 per cent, said organiser Experia Events. Experia said Singapore’s plan to add a green fuel passenger levy for all departing flights from 2026 – announced a day before the show – sparked extensive discussions.

The Woodleigh Bus Interchange being built in Bidadari's new residential neighbourhood will start operations in late 2024

It is the first underground integrated transport hub directly connected to HDB's residential blocks. It was supposed to be built back in 2021, but there were complex engineering issues that took time to resolve.

Singapore has made it easier for street performers to obtain a performance permit

For experienced performers, the permit will now be valid for two years instead of one. Renewal of the permit will be done online. Auditions and artiste reviews will be held once a year. Ten additional venues have been identified on Orchard Road where performers will be able to showcase their talents to the public.

China to attract more FDI, defuse local debts as premier chairs meeting

Chinese Premier Li Qiang chaired a State Council executive meeting on Friday to study measures to attract and utilize foreign investment and to arrange work to prevent and address local debt risks further. It stressed that stabilizing foreign investment will be a focus of this year's economic work and urged efforts to widen market access, level the playing field further, and smooth the flow of innovation factors.

Beijing base to bring in 50 giant pandas in 2025

The Beijing base of the China Conservation and Research Center for Giant Panda is set to commence operations in 2025, with 50 giant pandas planned to be introduced, according to the local authorities. The base, which is currently under construction, is situated within the Qinglonghu Forest Park in Fangshan District and covers a total area of approximately 2,000 mu (about 133.3 hectares). The first phase project, occupying 952 mu, will bring in 40 pandas, as well as companion animals such as golden snub-nosed monkeys and red pandas. It will also include the construction of a giant panda cultural exchange center.