PENANG is gearing up for a smooth process towards achieving its Penang 2030 vision by appointing 16 champion officers comprising state civil servants to be in charge of the 16 Strategic Initiatives (SI).
The officers are from the State Economic Planning Unit (BPEN), who are hand-picked by Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow based on their portfolio and experience.
Each of them will lead the workshops for state exco members, state government agencies and stakeholders in providing input and ideas that are in line with the aspirations of Penang 2030.
“In each SI, the workshops will give a clearer picture of the ways to achieve Penang2030, not just slogans and taglines.
“These workshops will run for a few months before the next stage of implementation, ” he said in a press conference after attending a forum on Penang2030 organised by Advance Tertiary College (ATC) in Jalan Zainul Abidin recently.
Earlier in the questions and answers session, Chow said Penang was already moving way ahead of Putrajaya because the state had already adopted the gender inclusiveness policy.
He said Penang was quite progressive in terms of women’s issue by adopting the 40:40:20 ratio of 40% women, 40% men and 20% based on pure merit in filling up human resources needs of state government departments.
“So far, we have received good and positive impact on the way we advocate things, but the challenge is how much can we achieve in reality.
“It is not easy, but we need everybody to come together in achieving our vision, ” he said.
Also participating in the forum as speakers were lawyer Datuk Kevin Joshua, Pertubuhan Sihat Selalu chairman Dr Chong Ren Jye and DAPSY Penang treasurer Benji Ang.
The forum was moderated by ATC student Chin How Zet.
More than 50 students and lecturers attended the forum.