Ipoh forges friendship city ties with Dalian

Going global: Rumaizi chairing the MBI full board meeting in Ipoh.

IPOH: After Nanning, Dalian City in China is the latest Friendship City with Ipoh City Council (MBI), says Datuk Rumaizi Baharin.

The Ipoh mayor said that under this partnership, ties will be focused on developing several sectors beneficial to both cities.

He said that following Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s recent visit to China, the friendship city established between Dalian and Ipoh will centre around digital economy, education, culture and tourism.

“We met with the Dalian mayor earlier this month and another team from Dalian will come again to present their plans for the partnership,” he told reporters after attending MBI’s full board meeting at its headquarters here yesterday.

Rumaizi said that while many things of the friendship are still under discussion, the digital economy sector will proceed with the setting up of a technology park in Kanthan.

The park, he added, will be built near the Ceramic Industrial Park.

“This place is chosen because of its strategic location and size,” he said.

As for other sectors, a meeting will be held in May between representatives of both sides on further talks.

“To ensure a fruitful friendship, MBI will be working with other agencies and non-governmental organisations,” he said.

Separately, Rumaizi said MBI is still mulling the move to add Touch ‘n Go service to parking at the Perak Urban Transformation Centre.

“We have not set up anything yet. But rest assured that if we do add the service, users can still opt for various other ways to pay for parking,” he said.

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