The Singapore-Guangdong Collaboration Council (SGCC) was launched on 24 March 2009, witnessed by then-Singapore Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong and then-Guangdong Party Secretary Wang Yang. SGCC aims to promote cooperation between Singapore and Guangdong beyond economic areas, including training, tourism and education exchanges. Ong Ye Kung, Singapore Minister for Education and Ma Xingrui, Guangdong Governor are the Co-Chairmen of SGCC. SGCC has facilitated numerous projects, including the Sino Visitor Pass, a cross-border collaboration between Singapore’s EZ-Link Private Limited and Guangzhou Lingnan Pass, and the flagship Sino-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City project (SSGKC), which aims to attract knowledge-based enterprises to jump-start Guangdong’s economic transformation. Amid rising land and labour costs, it is crucial to create knowledge-based industries to drive growth. Recognising this, both the Guangdong Government and Central Government of China have supported the development of an integrated Intellectual Property (IP) Hub at the SSGKC, which will include Guangdong’s first IP court and the Guangdong Patent Examination and Cooperation Centre. The project will also be home to the first overseas office of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore-International (IPOS-I), further boosting cross-border IP cooperation and the expansion of IP-related services in Guangdong. Beyond the SSGKC, Guangdong is also focusing on social development as it undergoes rapid socio-economic change. Property group CapitaLand Limited has played an important role in this push, with a massive urban rejuvenation project covering an area about the size of Singapore’s Toa Payoh. Singapore companies and government agencies have contributed by sharing capabilities and experiences, in areas including urban planning, healthcare, community development and environmental management. Guangdong province has been Singapore’s top provincial trading partner since 1988, with bilateral trade hitting S$36.5 billion in 2016. Singapore’s investments in Guangdong reached S$463.8 million in 2016, with cumulative actual investments of about S$15.1 billion.