Saturday, 5 July 2008

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE.... that I missed to attend!!!

SHSD 2008
"International Conference on Sustainable Human and Social Development"
Paris, France
July 04-06, 2008
(detail programme in www.waset.org/paris08.pdf)

The International Conference on Sustainable Human and Social Development (SHSD 2008) aims to bring together researchers, scientists, engineers, and scholar students to exchange and share their experiences, new ideas, and research results about all aspects of Sustainable Human and Social Development, and discuss the practical challenges encountered and the solutions adopted.
However, my supervisor Assoc Prof Dr Hamzah Jusoh had attended the above conference and present our research on EFFICIENCY IN URBAN GOVERNANCE TOWARDS SUSTAINABILITY AND COMPETITIVENESS OF CITY: A CASE STUDY OF KUALA LUMPUR .

ABSTRACT

Malaysia has successfully applied economic planning to guide the development of the country from an economy of agriculture and mining to a largely industrialised one. Now, with its sights set on attaining the economic level of a fully developed nation by 2020, the planning system must be made even more efficient and focused. It must ensure that every investment made in the country, whether public or private, yields not only a maximum returns but must directly contribute towards creating the desirable objective of a strong, modern, internationally competitive, technologically advanced, post-industrial economy. The country must focus on securing a credible share of the lead sectors of the globalised economy. It must make itself fit and conducive to these sectors. The country must also be fully aware of the enormous competition it faces in a region with rapidly expanding and modernising economies, all contending for the same pool of potential international investments.

The vision for ‘Kuala Lumpur - A World Class City’, encapsulates the ambition of Kuala Lumpur Structure Plan 2020 (KLSP2020) to make Kuala Lumpur a city that will assume a major global and sub-global role for the benefits of all its communities, workers, visitors and investors. The KLSP emphasizes that the vision and goals of Kuala Lumpur has been formulated with the aims of creating a sustainable city with City Hall ensuring that the planning for Kuala Lumpur will strike a balance between physical, economic, social and environmental development. It may appear logical to expect that only one large centre would have emerged in a small country like Peninsular Malaysia while other centres would have declined. However, Malaysia is fortunate in that a strong urban hierarchy had already been developed over many years in the colonial and post-colonial eras and this hierarchy, with strong local groups of entrepreneurs, continues to provide a sustainable geographical base for further industrialisation and economic modernisation.

A pattern of polycentric interdependent urban centres has emerged with the Kuala Lumpur conurbation being the ‘advanced’ city supported by the George Town and Johor Bahru conurbations. Rapid globalisation, progression in science and technology and the need to capitalise on knowledge-based economy requires the country to have a strong foundation in order to be competitive with other nations. In this context, the direction of development has to be planned and managed systematically and comprehensively to induce the country’s capacity to compete globally. The urban sector is an important catalyst towards national economic growth and a vital investment centre for the nation. Good urban governance is characterized by sustainability, subsidiarity, equity, efficiency, transparency and accountability, civic engagement and citizenship, and security.

Many challenges faces the city of Kuala Lumpur in this new millennium, transformation of Kuala Lumpur into a world class city and sustainability city will certainly involve concerted efforts by all parties involved. In line with this, the importance of governance and good governance is eminent in administration of developing city like Kuala Lumpur. The task to turn Kuala Lumpur to be amongst the world cities is certainly a difficult one and there are series of programmes and initiatives that has to be carried out by City Hall Kuala Lumpur, being the city manager. As described above, city competitiveness is harnessed through ‘city marketing and city management’. Both strategies are achievable through the process of good governance which integrates all sectors including public, private and other social organisations. In city marketing, a city promotes its buildings, physical infrastructure and development to enhance its image. Good urban governance is also fundamental issue in development. High technology and high skilled industries, together with finance, transportation, tourism, business, information and professional services shopping and other commercial activities, are the principal components of the nation’s economy, which must be developed to a level well beyond where it is now. In this respect, Kuala Lumpur being the premier city must play the leading role.
p/s. The paper can download at http://www.waset.org/pwaset/v30/v30-79.pdf. Actually I so excited because in the early stage of my research, its has been published in the international conference. Thank you Dr Hamzah for your encouragement and support.

3 comments:

Munve De Souza Lima said...

Lucky you. You have a great opportunity to publish you initial research to international seminar. I have read your paper.. very interesting and good analytical secondary information. I suggest you, in your phd tesis regards to your research question, you should study detail the theoritical framework of classical Rostow theory, Interdependent theory and Foreign Direct Investment theory. Then try to related to research finding. I think your tesis will have something new, special and ummmpph!!!. GOOD LUCK AND KEEP UP GOOD WORK...DON'T STOP WRITTING...BYE FOR NOW.

Fazz said...

Hi Azmizam, wise step to build your research blog. Really enjoy your writing. Hope success in your phd thesis. I am encouraging you always present your paper or research in local or international seminar. Good and obtain more new input for thesis. Keep reading and writing. Your research will more interesting and will discover new knowledge.. GOOD LUCK

AZMIZAM ABDUL RASHID said...

THANK YOU MUNVE AND FAZZ FOR YOUR TIME READ MY BLOG AND SINCERE COMMENTS. HOPE BOTH OF YOU ALWAYS READ MY BLOG AND REALLY NEED YOUR INPUTS.

THANKS AGAIN.. Azmizam

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