ASEAN-China Cooperation Forum Opens In Kuala Lumpur

A primary goal of the ministerial forum is to enhance ASEAN-China cooperation in construction and housing. By pooling collective expertise, resources, and experiences, the forum aims to establish robust frameworks and implement effective policies that benefit all nations involved.

This collaboration seeks to advance green building technologies, affordable housing projects, and urban planning, ensuring sustainable and inclusive development across the region.

The ASEAN-China Cooperation and Development Forum on Building, Housing, and Urban Development commenced today at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. The event was inaugurated by Datuk Sri Fadillah Yusof, Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia.

Focus on Sustainable Development

The forum aims to address critical issues such as sustainable construction, affordable housing, and urban planning.

Fadillah highlighted the urgent need for resilient infrastructure and sustainable housing solutions, especially in the wake of the global pandemic.

He underscored the role of innovation and sustainability in driving economic growth and enhancing the quality of life for communities across the region.

Strengthening ASEAN-China Cooperation

A key objective of the forum is to bolster ASEAN-China cooperation in construction and housing. Fadillah called for leveraging collective expertise and resources to develop robust frameworks and effective policies.

He said, “By leveraging our collective expertise, resources, and experiences, we can establish robust frameworks and implement effective policies that benefit all our nations. This collaboration can drive progress in areas such as green building technologies, affordable housing projects and urban planning, ensuring sustainable and inclusive development.”

“Furthermore, sharing best practices and successful case studies will enable mutual learning and the adoption of effective strategies across diverse contexts.

This exchange of knowledge is pivotal for advancing towards our shared goals and overcoming current challenges,” he added.

MALAYSIA MADANI and Human-Centric Development

The Deputy Prime Minister also introduced the MALAYSIA MADANI policy framework, which promotes a value-based approach to national development through six core values: Sustainability, Well-being, Innovation, Respect, Confidence, and Compassion.

This framework aims to enhance the quality of life for Malaysians and integrates the UN Sustainable Development Goals into national policies.

“Our development plans embodies the principles articulated by Jan Gehl, a renowned Danish urban designer, who asserted, “A HUMAN DIMENSION IS A NECESSARY NEW PLANNING DIMENSION,” he said.

Developing A Specialised Urban Renewal Act

Fadillah emphasised that digital technologies can significantly enhance project efficiency, productivity, and quality by optimising resource utilization and ensuring timely project delivery. He highlighted the importance of integrating technology and data-driven solutions to address multifaceted urban challenges and achieve sustainable urban development.

Malaysia is actively developing a specialised Urban Renewal Act aimed at revitalising urban areas, improving living conditions, and fostering economic growth through redevelopment projects. This legislative framework is crucial for addressing urban challenges and promoting sustainable development in cities and towns.

The Deputy Prime Minister also noted the evolution of Malaysia’s approach to public and affordable housing, with initiatives like the People’s Housing Program (Program Perumahan Rakyat or PPR) transitioning to the People’s Housing Program (Program Residensi Rakyat or PRR). These initiatives reflect ongoing efforts to meet housing needs among low and middle-income groups.

Malaysia’s property market is projected to remain stable in 2024, supported by initiatives outlined in Budget 2024 by the MADANI government. The market has shown resilience, with significant growth observed in the performance of property counters listed on Bursa Malaysia.

He also highlighted the potential of smart city development to address urban challenges such as traffic congestion, pollution, and resource management. Embracing advanced technologies like artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things (IoT), and big data analytics will spur innovation and economic growth, ultimately improving the quality of life for citizens.

“As we navigate urbanisation challenges in the 21st century, let us harness technology’s transformative power collaboratively. ASEAN and China can lead the way in shaping smart and sustainable urban development, setting a global reference for others to follow,” he added.

ASEAN-China Forum Emphasises Inclusive and Resilient Development

Fadillah noted that the forum’s focus on ensuring access to affordable housing, promoting gender equality within the construction industry, and supporting the involvement of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in projects. He underscored the importance of building resilience to natural disasters and climate change, given the ASEAN region’s significant vulnerability to climate impacts.

He called for integrating measures for climate mitigation in construction and housing initiatives. This includes developing climate-resilient infrastructure, promoting sustainable land use practices, and enhancing disaster preparedness and response capabilities.

Additionally, he stressed the need to enhance the capabilities and capacities of the workforce through collaborative training programs, workshops, and seminars. Elevating the skills and knowledge of professionals in project management, construction techniques, and sustainability practices is essential for successfully implementing construction, housing, and urban redevelopment projects.

This investment in capability and capacity building will empower the workforce to navigate complex challenges and contribute effectively to sustainable development goals. The forum aims to foster collaboration and innovation, ensuring that development efforts are inclusive, equitable, and resilient, ultimately benefiting all nations involved.

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