Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow will be attending a United Nations event to learn from experts on how the state can improve further economically, environmentally and sustainably, his press secretary Yap Lee Ying said.
She added that according to Chow, the state can also develop further by looking ahead and making bold decisions for future generations.
Chow will be representing Penang at the first session of the United Nations Habitat Assembly of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat Assembly) in Nairobi, Kenya, from May 24 to 29.
He will be attending the City Prosperity Initiative (CPI) side event on May 27.
For this working trip, he will be accompanied by his wife Tan Lean Kee.
"Others include state executive councillor for local government, housing, town and country planning Jagdeep Singh, Penang Island City Council (MBPP) mayor Yew Tung Seang, Seberang Perai Municipal Council (MPSP) president Rozali Mohamud and Chief Minister Incorporated (CMI) deputy general manager S Bharathi, " said Yap, who is also the state's communications division director.
"The main focus of the side event is to present how CPI measures are implemented in various cities and contexts, responding to local needs, supporting policy decisions and simultaneously serving as a local and global monitoring framework for global agendas, " she said.
The Habitat Agenda partners and stakeholders include parliamentarians, civil society organisations, local authorities, professionals and researchers, academicians, women's organisations, children and youth groups and trade unions, among others.
"The state government believes that what’s being shared among the partners and stakeholders will be beneficial for the well-being and future of Penang, especially in overcoming the challenges, while at the same time, achieving our very own 17 sustainable development goals in line with Vision Penang 2030," Yap said.
Penang 2030, themed "a family-focused, green and smart vision for the state" is Chow's 10-year vision for Penang, which he presented to various stakeholders on Aug 29 last year.
Chow had then said Penang's future is in Seberang Perai, dispelling years of criticisms that the state government had only focused development on the island.