Forum on Penang’s growth potential

A TWO-DAY forum with the theme ‘Restructuring and Reshaping Penang’ is scheduled to take place at the E&O Hotel in Penang beginning on June 1.

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s policy advisor Liew Chin Tong said the forum was aimed at providing a platform for assessing Penang’s past achievements, present capabilities and future growth potential.

“This is a most pressing and relevant question in the present global economic crisis and in the era of rapid changes and globalisation.

“Revamping strategies for new growth directions and the creation of a more equitable society will also be explored as Penang strives to find its niche in the new globalised environment,” he said.

The forum is jointly organised by the Socio-Economic & Environmental Research Institute (SERI) and the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) Singapore, in collaboration with Penang Development Corporation, InvestPenang and Khazanah Nasional Berhad.

Liew added that this was a pioneering initiative of regional collaboration between SERI and ISEAS, which shared many common core objectives as well as placed a high value on research based on sound analysis.

“The intellectual exchange between different institutes on current critical and strategic issues will be of mutual benefit.

“The targeted audience of the forum will be the senior ma- nagement of the public and private sectors, as well as non-governmental organisations,” he added.

The fee to attend the forum is RM350 per participant and the closing date to register is today.

For further details, call SERI’s Vena Cheah (04-2283306).

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