Dear MDBC members,
The first three years after the launching of Penang2030 in August 2018 have seen an incorporation of its ideas into policy thinking, and a strong socializing of its goals in the public service. The challenges COVID – 19 poses have provided further motivation for Penang as a whole to realize the objectives of Penang2030.
The state government established Digital Penang in the midst of the pandemic to align diverse digitalization efforts within the state apparatus, and initiated certain institutional reforms to improve policy – making processes and proper monitoring of project implementation. Furthermore, the state commissioned the Happiness in Penang (HIP) Index to be carried out every third year by Penang Institute to gain proper feedback from the public concerning Penang’s development. The establishment of Digital Penang and the Happiness in Penang (HIP) Index are in fact two of the four foundational projects announced in the Penang2030 Guide published in 2019.
Phase 2 of Penang2030 — Accelerating Penang 2030 — is three – pronged. Firstly, “Placemaking Initiatives” in the state are being identified as focal points for positive efforts to develop Penang as a family – focused clean and green home for its inhabitants. Secondly, “Community – building Initiatives” aimed at engaging and empowering the population as a whole are underway, bringing agencies and elected representatives together for broad and deep impact on society. Finally, the “Industry Engagement Initiatives” signify a tripartite effort between government, civil society, and the private sector to build further on Penang’s manufacturing ecosystem, broaden the investor base and prepare for the digital future. Together, these contribute to the remaining two foundational projects in the Penang2030 Guide concerning green connectors and SME advancement.
Join us on Thursday, 3 March for a briefing update on Penang2030 by YAB Chow Kon Yeow (Chief Minister of Penang).
YAB Chow Kon Yeow has served as the Chief Minister of Penang since May 2018. Born in Kuala Lumpur, YAB holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Hons) Degree from University of Science Malaysia (USM). Before entering politics, YAB was a journalist by profession.
Date: Thursday, 3 March
Time: 10:30 – 11:30 hrs
10:30 – 10:35 hrs: Opening Session by Deda Ridzwani (Moderator)
10:35 – 10:40 hrs: Welcome note by Sven Schneider (CEO, EuroCham)
10:30 – 11:15 hrs: Briefing of the Penang Strategic Plan (Penang 2030) by YAB Chow Kon Yeow
11:15 – 11:30 hrs: Q&A Session
11:30 – 11:35 hrs: Closing Remarks & End of Session
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