IRDA Firms Up Partnership with British High Commission

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Datuk Ismail Ibrahim, Chief Executive of IRDA and Kebur Azhaba, Head of Prosperity Team, UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office British High Commission (BHC) KL

Strengthening Urban and Transportation Agenda in Iskandar Malaysia

Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) has recently firmed up its partnership with the British High Commission to strengthen urban and transportation planning in Iskandar Malaysia at the third validation workshop on Global Future Cities Programme at IRDA’s headquarters in Danga Bay, Johor Bahru.

The letter of intent for this strategic partnership was signed between IRDA, represented by Chief Executive Datuk Ismail Ibrahim and the British High Commission Kuala Lumpur, represented by Kabul Azbaha, Counsellor, Head of Prosperity Team (Economic Development). At hand to witness this was Tan Hong Ping, Chairman of Local Government, Science and Technology Committee for Johor.

“When we talk and discuss about transportation, we will take into account the importance and impact of this agenda on a wider scale in terms of connectivity. I hope that this partnership will help to realise everyone’s aspirations for Iskandar Malaysia to become an international metropolis,” said Datuk Ismail.

The Global Future Cities Programme which is part of a wider portfolio called the Prosperity Fund aims to support a range of strategic interventions in 19 cities across 10 countries, including Iskandar Malaysia. It is built upon three integrated pillars that will address key barriers to prosperity namely Urban Planning, Transportation, and Resilience. From these integrated pillars, two main interventions for Iskandar Malaysia have been identified. There are two interventions which are the implementation strategy for Iskandar Malaysia’s smart integrated mobility management system (SIMMS), and creating enabling conditions for data utilisation and data management for evidence-based urban and transport planning.

In general, the proposed interventions aim to curb urban sprawl and slum developments, thereby promoting more dense, connected and inclusive cities that in combination contribute to prosperity, achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and implementing the New Urban Agenda (NUA).

The validation workshop was organised to gauge feedback on the identified interventions to support the sustainable transportation vision of Iskandar Malaysia. The session also contributed to better understanding and building ownership for both process and the interventions.