By Nasuha Badrul Huzaini
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 6 — The state government is aiming to expand the available number of training modules offered by the Selangor Digital School (SDS) to increase the number of experts in the field of net-zero transition, said Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Amirudin Shari.
He said doing is part of the effort to achieve carbon neutrality and step up the Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) implementation into governance, business strategy and operations management in Selangor.
“Recently, the Selangor government through Permodalan Negeri Selangor Berhad (PNSB) allocated RM30 million in venture capital funds to accelerate the growth of start-ups in the state, especially when it concerns the fields of net-zero transition, the circular economy, and smart cities.
“This will bring tremendous public benefits as we can rapidly decarbonise power while cutting household energy bills and reducing fuel subsidies,” Amirudin said in his opening remarks at the official launch of the seventh Selangor Smart City and Digital Economy Convention — Asian Smart City Conference: Mayors Summit.
The event also saw the Menteri Besar launch SDS, a new initiative by the Selangor Information Technology and Digital Economy Corporation (Sidec).
“SDS aims to solve the shortage of digital talents in Selangor as we push forward towards digitalisation.
“The digital school is a co-creation project that symbolises the collaboration between the central government, the state government, private investors, venture capital funds, and start-ups via Penjana Capital, Sidec, The Hive, EZT Group and DMC,” he added.
Organised by Sidec, the convention was also attended by state executive councillor for investment, industry and trade Dato’ Teng Chang Khim and Sidec’s chief executive officer Yong Kai Ping.
The Smart City and Digital Economy Convention gathers mayors and representatives from 11 cities around the world including Jakarta, Taipei, Asan, Chiang Mai and Amsterdam to share their knowledge, experiences, and approaches in resolving city liveability challenges through smart technologies.
The event was held in conjunction with the Selangor International Business Summit (SIBS 2022) at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, which starts today until Sunday (October 9)
With approximately 906 booths from 623 companies, this year’s summit at KLCC will run starting today until Sunday (October 9), with the aim of receiving some 30,000 visitors during its duration.
SIBS 2022 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).
Asides from the Asian Smart City Conference, two other events will also be held concurrently, including the Selangor International Culinary Festival (SICF) and the Selangor International Healthcare Conference (SIHC).
The summit’s international participants hail from 24 nations including Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Canada, the Czech Republic, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Tajikistan, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Maldives, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, Vietnam, and the United States.
Similarly, Federal and state agencies that have set up pavilions at the summit include the Federal Agriculture Marketing Authority (Fama), Majlis Amanah Rakyat (Mara), the Malaysian Cocoa Board, the Malaysia Fishery Department and Rubber Industry Smallholders Development Authority (Risda), and 10 pavilions from Selangor, Sabah, Sarawak, Johor, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Perak, Kedah, Perlis, and Penang.