JOHOR BAHARU, 15 March — The Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) and the United Kingdom Trade and Investment (UKTI) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to promote the “smart cities” initiative.
IRDA Chief Executive Datuk Ismail Ibrahim said the memorandum would further enhance the development of smart cities in Iskandar Malaysia in terms of infrastructure, technologies and knowledge sharing.
“With sustainable smart cities in mind, the MoU seeks to promote and showcase pilot projects, related infrastructure and new green materials and technology,” he said in a statement here today.
The MoU would also promote and encourage academia and industry collaboration and training as well as implement joint projects on research and development and innovations between UK investors and local companies in Iskandar Malaysia, Ismail said.
UKTI and Innovate UK, comprising 10 UK companies, are currently on a trade mission to Southeast Asia from March 14 to 18, 2016.
Iskandar Malaysia, touted as Asia’s first Smart Metropolis, is the delegation’s second stop in Malaysia after Kuala Lumpur.
The delegates will continue their visit tomorrow with a tour of Iskandar Malaysia’s selected catalytic projects, namely Marlborough College, Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studios, and Forest City.