SEVERAL interesting speakers will make their way to Ipoh for this year’s Pangkor Dialogue 2017 which will be held next month.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir said among the notable personalities who would be attending the event are former Ecuador president Jorge Jamil Mahuad Witt, Oklahoma City mayor Mick Cornett and innovation advocate Anil Kumar Gupta.
He said the dialogue to be held at Casuarina @ Meru would have more than 30 events, ranging from forums, seminars, exhibitions, expos, workshops, and competitions, all taking place simultaneously.
Dr Zambry said several ministers from the country and abroad would also be addressing the crowd.
“Sultan of Perak Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah will deliver the royal address on Sept 11.
“We are expecting about 2,000 delegates from around the world to take part in the dialogue,” he told reporters after the soft launch of the event at Weil Hotel.
The event to be held for the fourth time is organised by Institute Darul Ridzuan (IDR) with the theme “Making the Future: Innovative Pathways to Sustainable Development”.
The event’s partners are the Northern Corridor Implementation Authority and the United Nations Development Programme.
Present at the soft launch were IDR chief executive officer Dr Mazalan Kamis, several state executive councillors, government agency chiefs, representatives of the event’s partners and sponsors.
Dr Zambry said the highlights of the event this year would be the introduction of the Perak Festival of Ideas (PFOI), a week-long event celebrating ideas and innovation held simultaneously at several locations in the state.
He said PFOI would be held from Sept 6 to 12.
“This is something new, I don’t know about other countries, but the PFOI is definitely the first to be held in the country.
“The event will bring together artistes, technologists, entrepreneurs, food lovers and investors to facilitate the sharing, experiencing and celebrating of intellectual, innovative and inspiring ideas,” he added.
Dr Zambry said the Pangkor Dialogue had positioned itself as an emerging meeting place of great minds and the event had been receiving positive support both locally and internationally.
He said hosting an international conference gave a wide range of benefits and the impact of such conferences go well beyond generating revenue and tourism.
“One example is San Diego city in California, known for leisure tourism and not the technology sector, but after the city organised the largest biotech convention there, it became one of the three-top cities for life sciences.
“So that is what could potentially happen if we give our full support to the Pangkor Dialogue,” said Dr Zambry.