KULAI: Johor is expected to host more MICE (meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions) events following the success of the Asia-Pacific Climate Week 2023 (APCW 2023).
Johor investment, trade and consumer affairs committee chairman Lee Ting Han said the focus is on bringing investment into Johor while promoting its tourism industry.
“Mentri Besar Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi has announced an allocation of RM3mil for this, so we will definitely see more MICE events next year.
“This is something new for Johor because usually this sort of event would be very common in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Sarawak.
“The government hopes that with the success of APCW 2023, we could (open) new growth sectors and investment for the state,” he said after the launch of the Mind and STEM Festival 2023 at Foon Yew High School in Bandar Indahpura here on Friday (Nov 24)
Also present were Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) chancellor Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik and his wife Toh Puan Ena Ling.
Lee also said Johor is expected to be one of the top three investment destinations for the country this year.
“Based on Malaysian Investment Development Authority (Mida) figures, Johor is at number four, but we expect to be one of the top three after the full-year report is produced.
“This is due to an influx of foreign and domestic investment,” he said.
The five-day APCW 2023 saw more than 3,800 global participants from 108 countries taking part in over 200 sessions from Nov 13 to 17.
Onn Hafiz had said earlier that next year’s state budget, themed "Driving Development Prospering the People", has six cores covering governance; economic development; social safety net; facilities and basic needs; cleanliness and environmental sustainability; and youth.
He also said the budget would be implemented through 29 strategies and 99 initiatives.