Organised by Innovate UK and UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), the Connected Cities Mission will provide opportunities for UK SMEs to share expertise on how their innovative urban solutions can contribute to Malaysia’s smart city vision.

Several Malaysia government agencies such as the Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT), Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) and Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) will also address the mission to enable the companies to better seize the opportunities that Malaysia provides.

As part of Malaysia’s ambitions to become a smart-city hub in Southeast Asia, the government has been progressing on its smart city concepts especially in major cities, economic development zones as well as new urban housing areas throughout the country.

Datuk Dr Mohd Yusoff Sulaiman, President and Chief Executive Officer, MIGHT highlighted, “MIGHT took the initiative in 2014 to collaborate with the Malacca State Government in translating its Green City Action Plan into actions and bringing in the private sector as the lead implementer, under the national Science to Action initiative. We leverage on our experiences in mobilising public-private partnership and technology management to introduce many innovation and best practices that strengthens governance, enhanced societal- wellbeing, generating new green businesses, and most importantly preserves the city as a heritage site that focuses on culture, traditional values, healthcare and social interactions”.