JOHOR BARU: Iskandar Malaysia made its first appearance at the 9th World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur, last month, highlighting its various internationally recognised initiatives in the field of urban development since its inception more than a decade ago.

“The World Urban Forum is an event of global proportion and this year’s theme of ‘Cities 2030 – Cities for All: Implementing the New Urban Agenda’ made it the perfect platform for Iskandar Malaysia to be present, share and exchange knowledge on its many initiatives in the area of urban development specifically in Urban Observatory, Smart City, Low Carbon Society and Social Development. Bringing over our vision of being “A Strong and Sustainable Metropolis of International Standing” to the forum, we hope that we can not only contribute to making an impact in the field of urban development globally but also learn much from the many global experts and professionals in this field who will be attending the forum,” said Datuk Ismail Ibrahim, Chief Executive of Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA).

Iskandar Malaysia has kicked-off a data sharing system in the cloud that will help the stakeholders in the region to make the necessary decisions that are important to them.

The Iskandar Malaysia Urban Observatory is a ‘single window’ where information and data is collected, kept and analysed in a smart city environment, which becomes a platform that that could transform relevant authoritative data into insightful information for better policy making and well-informed decision making.

In line with the Federal Government’s voluntary GHG emissions reduction effort, Iskandar Malaysia took the initiative to address carbon emissions in its jurisdiction, and in 2016, Iskandar Malaysia reduced emission intensity by 10.7%.

Ismail added, “Having gained massive interest from the global players, with more than USD65 million investments recorded for the past 11 years, we are confident that Iskandar Malaysia has played its part in ensuring that its development is in the interest of all stakeholders economically, environmentally and socially.”

Source: The Iskandarian