The SGCC was established in July 2009 to deepen the bilateral engagement between Singapore and Guangdong. Singapore Minister for Health Ong Ye Kung and Guangdong Governor Ma Xingrui are the Co-Chairmen of the SGCC.
Established in November 2010 and located in the Huangpu District of Guangzhou, the CSGKC is a greenfield development of 232 square kilometres. In November 2018, a Framework Agreement was signed by then-Minister of Education Ong Ye Kung and then-PRC International Trade Representative and Vice Minister of Commerce Fu Ziying to elevate the CSGKC to a State-Level Bilateral Cooperation Project.
With the elevation, the CSGKC features a Demonstration Zone for Enhanced Cooperation (DZEC) to facilitate bilateral cooperation in the areas of technology innovation, intellectual property rights, advanced manufacturing and talent development. It is led by Sino-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City Investment and Development Co, a joint venture established by CapitaLand and the Guangzhou Development District (GDD).
Launched in October 2019, the SCI seeks to focus on the following three dimensions of collaboration, namely: (a) digital connectivity; (b) talent exchange and development; and (c) innovation and entrepreneurship.