A celebration of ideas

A group picture with Pangkor Dialogue organisers, coordination partners, strategic partners and associate partners during the Pangkor Dialogue 1818 Kickstart Campaign at Ipoh Convention Centre.

MARK Aug 1 on your calendars, as a date will offer something worth being excited about.

Featuring the date 1818, that is when the state’s international conference Pangkor Dialogue and its sister event Perak Festival of Ideas (PFOI) will be held.

The events will be spearheaded by Institut Darul Ridzuan, the state’s think-tank.

Institut Darul Ridzuan CEO Dr Mazalan Khamis said 1818 means twice the richer to the Chinese.

“As with the date we have chosen for this year’s dialogue, we aim to become twice the richer in resources, expertise, networking and impact.

“The number is also symbolic and exciting. The date Aug 1, 2018 comes once in every 100 years.

Zambry (second from right) presented a certificate of appreciation to a MyEvents International representative, one of Pangkor Dialogue’s associate partners, during the Pangkor Dialogue1818 Kickstart Campaign at Ipoh Convention Centre.
Zambry (second from right) presented a certificate of appreciation to a MyEvents International representative, one of Pangkor Dialogue’s associate partners, during the Pangkor Dialogue1818 Kickstart Campaign at Ipoh Convention Centre.

“Meaning that the next celebration will be on Aug 1, 2118. And it is my fervent hope by then, it will be the time when Perak has evolved into a city of the learned and refined thinking,” he said during the 1818 Kickstart Campaign for Pangkor Dialogue 2018 at the Ipoh Convention Centre last Wednesday.

The campaign saw the introduction of the event’s coordination, strategic and associate partners.

This year beginning Aug 1 to 8, Mazalan said the organisers will hold not less than 100 events with more than 80 event partners in Perak.

Such events include conventions, conferences, forums, workshops, art exhibitions, theatre, concerts, expositions, carnivals, challenges, among others.

PFOI is slated to be held from Aug 1 to 5, while the international dialogue on Aug 6 and 7.

A tour around Ipoh and Perak will be held on Aug 8.

“Unlike last year when ideas came pouring in within that one week of celebration for PFOI, this time we will have a longer period for people to observe and immerse themselves in their environments to generate more refined thoughts and ideas.

“For Pangkor Dialogue, we are already in discussions to bring big names like Jeffrey Sachs, Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh, Sophia the AI (artificial intelligence) robot as well as World Bank to the stage.

“Also, we are building on our past successes like the Social Business and Civil Society Organisations to advocate for sustainable development goals,” he said.

Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir, who was present to launch the campaign, said it is important to work on getting the best brains from various fields to share their insight during the dialogue.

“As with previous years, we will be inviting renowned speakers from different fields to talk about their ideas of development.

“Such ideas are to be shared by all from the lowest and highest strata of society, it’s not meant exclusively for a particular group,” he said.

He added that they are also working with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), one of the dialogue’s strategic partners, to get reputable speakers whose insights are in line with sustainable development.

Holding the events, Zambry said, is the state’s preparation to take one step closer towards forming a knowledge-based state.

He said the hope for this year’s event would be the same as last year’s, which is to motivate people into establishing a knowledge-based and thinking society with creative and innovative values.

“We have already seen the overwhelming responses from the public in previous dialogues and it gives us the strength and inspiration to continue.

“Our findings from every dialogue will be shared with not only Malaysians, but the international community too.

“This is something that the people of Perak can truly feel proud of,” he said.

The Pangkor Dialogue is an international knowledge exchange that aims to inspire sustainable economic growth in line with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

Since it was first held in 2014, it has evolved from a platform of sharing to an authority of reference, especially in championing sustainable development agendas.

Past speakers at the dialogue include former Nasa astronaut Dr Catherine Cady Coleman, former president of Ecuador Jorge Jamil Mahud Witt, Japanese futurist and innovation expert Morinosuke Kawaguchi, and Bangladesh Noble Peace Prize laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus.

PFOI debuted last year in conjunction with the dialogue and rallied together people from all walks of life to generate cutting-edge ideas that are universally applicable.

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