Smart technologies will be essential to achieving this. Both countries have taken a number of positive steps in their rapidly developing relationship around smart cities, to help position each other as a leader in the provision of innovative solutions in Europe and South East Asia respectively.
Through our joint Newton-Ungku Omar Coordination Fund, Innovate UK, Research Councils UK (RCUK) and the Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT) have come together to fund and deliver a new type of programme, called Research and Innovation Bridges.
We opened this funding competition in June 2015, jointly investing up to £14.4m in collaborative research and development projects to stimulate innovation in response to Malaysia’s urbanisation challenges. The competition has been popular, with approximately 70 applications. All partners hope to fund a range of exciting collaborations between Malaysian and UK businesses and research organisations, proposing novel solutions to help Malaysia achieve its ambitious smart city aspirations.
Malaysia also hosted a hugely successful Connected Cities Trade Mission from the UK in March 2016. This is the third Connected Cities delegation from the UK to visit Malaysia since 2012, reinforcing the UK’s ongoing commitment to developing closer links with Malaysia in this critical field. The mission was strongly endorsed by the UK government.
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The Malaysian Minister of International Trade and Industry, YB Dato’ Sri Mustapa Mohamed said:
“We are driving forward a wide range of innovative smart cities projects, including in Cyberjaya and Iskandar Malaysia. Our support for the UK Connected Cities trade mission will help to generate mutually beneficial business partnerships, to attract investments, as well as create a platform for sharing best practice. This contributes towards the achievement of Malaysia’s goal of becoming an advanced economy.”