JOHOR BARU: The International Forum on “FutureCity” is a good platform to help Iskandar Malaysia to become a strong and sustainable metropolis in the future.
The event, organised by the Japanese government, was participated by 250 local and international experts sharing their views and efforts to develop a vibrant metropolitan city.
Japanese government representative Seiichiro Tomiya, said this was the first time the International Forum on “FutureCity” was held outside Japan.
He added that the forum was a good opportunity for participants to share their knowledge and efforts taken by their respective countries to become a metropolitan.
“In the forum, each of the participants, including from Japan, will present their vision about their respective cities including several successful efforts that they have made to achieve it.
“At the same time, this forum will also give opportunities for Japan and Malaysia to discuss further on the available opportunities for both countries to conduct a joint effort,” he told a press conference on Feb 8.
The forum is fully supported by the Urban Wellbeing, Housing, and Local Government Ministry, Federal Department of Town and Country Planning Peninsular Malaysia (JPBD), Iskandar Regional Development Authority (Irda), Johor Baru City Council (MBJB) and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM).
Meanwhile, Irda economic and investment director Engku Ahmad Kamel Engku Taib said the forum was inline with its effort to make Iskandar Malaysia into a metropolis under the Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP).
He added that among the issues that was discussed in the forum were global warming and to create a low carbon society within Iskandar Malaysia.
“Through the forum, Irda was able to learn new things especially coming from a developed country such as Japan and how they are able to sustain their world class city such as Tokyo on handling climate change,” he said.