Closing Ceremony of the 7th Asia Pacific Urban Forum

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Speech by Chief Minister of Penang

YAB Mr Chow Kon Yeow

Closing Ceremony of the 7th Asia Pacific Urban Forum

17 October 2019

Good afternoon.

I am happy to note that the 7th Asia Pacifc Urban Forum (APUF7) has concluded on a successful and productive note. This forum, held over a three-day period, has gathered leaders, local governments, stakeholders and city officials from all over the world to discuss important and relevant issues of this modern world – urban resilience and sustainable urbanization. I am made to understand that the outcome of discussions held in APUF7 will be brought to the World Urban Forum in February next year. The declaration of action and commitments by Asia Pacific countries today will also be brought up in the World Urban Forum. We are indeed proud to host such an important forum that will bring changes and push for sustainability for the sake of the future generation.

APUF7 has brought us together to collaborate, cooperate and create opportunities for cities and countries in the Asia Pacific in formulating concrete plans to achieve sustainable development goals (SDG).

This forum has provided countries in the Asia Pacific with the space and platform to consolidate the varied perspectives as we discuss the future of the Asia Pacific region. It is a commitment that all of us must make to achieve the 2030 Agenda. In Penang, we too have the Penang2030 vision, which looks at sustainability for a family-focused green and smart state. It is through international forums such as this that we can come together to address issues on urban and territorial planning, urban resilience, data and technologies for smart cities and urban finance.

The high-level roundtable talks in the beginning of the forum has set the tone for the sharing of visions for sustainable development in the Asia Pacific region. It was a fitting platform for various cities to share their successes in sustainable urbanization while taking cognizance of the need to include grassroots communities in the process of policy making. Penang has always believed in stakeholders’ engagement. We believe this is the way forward for governments to work with the people in policy making so that they will take ownership of the programmes that we introduce. This is one of the ways to ensure sustainability.

Today, we saw the launch of the Penang Platform for Sustainable Urbanisation (PPSU) that brings together an alliance of partners. It is a platform to collaborate, integrate good practices, transform and increase political will for sustainable urbanisation across the region. We have also heard the declaration of action from various cities including Penang island’s action plan from the Mayor of the City Council of Penang Island, Dato’ Ar. Yew Tung Seang. Now, we only need to work together to put these declarations into real action and advance towards achieving the SDGs by 2030.

To conclude, we would like to thank all participants for coming to Penang and making a difference by contributing your part in this forum. Don’t forget to join in the special showcase of our social and infrastructure projects after this and later this evening, do come to the Potpourri Festival of Penang at the Esplanade. We promise that it will be a fun evening of entertainment and Penang’s famous hawker food.

Thank you.


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17 Oktober 2019

Stadium Bandaraya Pulau Pinang

Selamat Petang dan Salam Sejahtera.

Terlebih dahulu saya ingin mengambil kesempatan untuk mengucapkan jutaan terima kasih kepada semua yang terlibat dalam memastikan Perlawanan Bola Sepak Persahabatan Di antara Kelab Wartawan Pulau Pinang dan Ahli Yang Berhormat pada hari ini dapat dijalankan dengan jayanya.

Seperti mana yang semua sedia maklum, Kerajaan Negeri melalui portfolio Exco Sukan dan Belia di bawah seliaan YB Soon Lip Chee telah memperkenalkan inisiatif Program Sukan Untuk Semua sejak awal tahun ini, bertujuan memberikan pembaharuan dan kepelbagaian sukan dalam usaha untuk merancakkan pembangunan sukan di negeri ini.

Melalui inisiatif ini juga, Kerajaan Negeri berharap rakyat Pulau Pinang terutamanya dapat menceburi dan melibatkan diri dalam pelbagai sukan yang ada ini, dalam usaha untuk melahirkan masyarakat yang mempunyai gaya hidup yang sihat dan aktif serta mencari bakat dan jaguh-jaguh baru yang dapat mencipta nama di peringkat tempatan mahupun antarabangsa.

Pada malam ini, kita akan saksikan ketangkasan dan kebolehan rakan-rakan media dan ahli-ahli Yang Berhormat beraksi di atas padang dalam menunjukkan bakat mengawal dan mengelecek bola iaitu satu sudut pandangan lain dan berbeza ketika mereka menjalankan tugas seharian.

Saya kira perlawanan persahabatan bola sepak pada malam ini juga dapat memberi peluang kepada semua ahli Yang Berhormat terutamanya untuk melepaskan stress dan bebanan kerja yang dialami selama ini, di samping menjadi platform yang baik untuk mengukuhkan hubungan yang baik di antara pihak media dan wakil Kerajaan Negeri yang terjalin sejak sekian lama.

Akhir kata, semoga penganjuran majlis pada malam ini mencapai objektif dan sasarannya yang tersendiri. Kalah dan menang adalah adat pertandingan – tiada pemenang ataupun yang kalah. Pemenang utama adalah semangat kesukanan yang ditonjolkan oleh semua pemain dan pasukan sepanjang tempoh 90 minit di atas padang ini. Saya berharap semua pemain dapat bermain dengan penuh kepuasan, gembira dan seronok.

Dengan kata-kata ini, saya merasmikan Sukan untuk Semua: Perlawanan Persahabatan Bola Sepak dengan Kelab Wartawan Pulau Pinang.

Sekian terima kasih.


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Speech By The Chief Minister of Penang YAB Tuan Chow Kon Yeow For POWERING TOMORROW’S TRADE FACILITATION EVENT

17 October 2019


Thank you for inviting me to witness this momentous occasion for Penang and the rest of the country. With the theme “Powering Tomorrow’s Trade Facilitation”, it is certainly apt for the new age of technology we live in.

In the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the way we do business, the way we transact and the way we deliver will be disrupted. No longer does the consumer have the patience to wait for weeks or months for their parcels to arrive, or even be in a state of anxiety if it would ever arrive because today, consumers expect immediate gratification.

Businesses and governments must respond and take a more proactive approach to meet consumer demands. This MoU between the Penang State Government and Fusionex will see the establishment of a Smart Trade Facilitation and Intelligent Logistics Platform that will be of great benefit for the state of Penang.

My deepest gratitude to Fusionex for coming up with a solution that will further improve trade efficiency. By taking proactive measures, the state government and businesses can work in tandem to provide better connectivity, more seamless integration and an enhanced customer service.

The eTFP could potentially spur economic growth, hence, taking the state of Penang to greater heights. This is why it is imperative for Penang to play a vital role in being an invaluable trade facilitation hub, which spells job creation, GDP growth as well as investment opportunities for everyone to benefit from.

At the end of day, businesses will benefit and the consumer will be happy when goods are delivered promptly and in a satisfactory manner. Now the question is: Why Penang?

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Penang is the second most developed state in the country. With more than a RM80 billion economy that over the last few years has had a compounded growth rate of over 5% and investments of over RM9 billion in just the first half of 2019 — Penang is indeed, the Pearl of the Orient.

Penang’s star is shining brightly. As you know, our state is also widely called the Silicon Valley of the East. We are a fabrication hub for many of the world’s largest Electrical and Electronic manufacturers especially for semiconductors. But Penang does not exist in isolation. We are part of the global supply chain that ensures the goods rolling out of our assembly lines do so in a timely and efficient manner.

This would not be possible without technology. And it would be further enhanced with the help of a Smart Trade Facilitation and Intelligent Logistics Platform. Such initiatives will make Penang an even more attractive location for investments and a place to conduct business.

I commend the team at Fusionex and my colleagues in the state government for working together to making this possibility a reality.

Together, we can propel Penang and the rest of the country towards a better way of carrying out trade as envisioned in Penang2030 as each and every one of us here play our respective role in advancing the readiness of our local manufacturing industries for the digital age and the green economy in our beloved state.

Before I end my speech, allow me the opportunity to urge the entrepreneurs and business folks in this room to mingle, share knowledge and exchange ideas, as it would be the catalyst for future growth. We cannot wait for change to happen. We must be the agents of change.

Thank you once more to Fusionex for making all of this possible. I end my speech by wishing all of you a productive time at this event.

Terima kasih and have a great afternoon.