By Alang Bendahara
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 6 — The seventh edition of the Selangor Smart City and Digital Economy Convention (SDEC) 2022 was officiated by Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Amirudin Shari at the Selangor International Business Summit 2022 (SIBS 2022), at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre today.
The convention, themed ‘Sustainable Digitalisation Towards a Net-Zero Future’, also saw Amirudin launch a component of SDEC 2022 — the Asian Smart City Conference: Mayors Summit.
The event gathers mayors and representatives from different cities around the world to share their knowledge, experiences, and approaches to resolving city liveability challenges through smart technologies.
A total of 11 participating cities from Taiwan, South Korea, Thailand, Indonesia, Australia and the Netherlands will take part in the conference.
The conference’s Net-Zero and Circular Economy Forum will take place on October 7, which will gather 24 experts from different industries and backgrounds who will speak and discuss in panel sessions.
Amirudin had also launched the Selangor Digital School (SDS), a state initiative to solve the shortage of digital talents in Selangor as it pushes forward towards digitalisation.
SDS is a co-creation project symbolising the collaboration between the central government, the state government, private investors, venture capital funds, and start-ups through Penjana Capital, the Selangor Information Technology and Digital Economy Corporation (Sidec), The Hive, EZT Group, and DMC.
Later on, Sidec chief executive officer Yong Kai Ping recited the Selangor Declaration on Sustainable Smart Cities 2022, which was witnessed by the Menteri Besar.
It was also witnessed by state executive councillor for local government Ng Sze Han, the mayors of Selangor’s cities and municipal presidents, as well as mayors from smart cities abroad that took part in the Asian Smart City Conference.
The declaration is a testament to Selangor’s commitment in developing the smart city ecosystem, aimed at strengthening its capacity in harvesting opportunities associated with the Fourth Industrial Revolution (IR4.0).
These opportunities can be met by achieving a wide-range of beneficial outcomes related to the economy, society and the environment, in line with the state’s effort to make Selangor a livable smart state in Asean by 2025.
The four-day SDEC 2022, organised by Sidec, features two main tracks — namely the Smart City Track and Digital Economy Track.
The Smart City Track comprises the Asian Smart City Conference, the Net Zero and Circular Economy Forum, and the Tech Exhibition.
The Digital Economy Track comprises the Selangor SME Digitalisation Conference, the Selangor Fashion Accelerator (Demo Day), and the Livestream Festival and Tech Exhibition.
Its topics include Smart Mobility and Zero-Emission Vehicles; Smart Waste and River Management; Solar, Biofuel and Biomass Energy; Smart Cloud and Data Governance; Smart Technologies for Energy, as well as Green Investment and Financing.
With approximately 906 booths from 623 companies, SIBS 2022 starts today until Sunday (October 9), with the aim of receiving some 30,000 visitors during its duration.
The trade show will showcase six main events, including the Selangor International Expo (SIE) Food and Beverages, SIE Medic, Selangor Industrial Park (Spark) Expo, the Selangor Asean Business Conference (SABC), the Selangor Smart City and Digital Economy Convention (SDEC), and the Selangor Research and Development and Innovation Expo (SRIE).
Three other events will also be held concurrently, including the Selangor International Culinary Festival (SICF), the Selangor International Healthcare Conference (SIHC) and the Asian Smart City Conference: Mayors Summit and Selangor Declaration.