Malaysia looks to Peterborough for smart city lessons

by | May 12, 2016 | Meet­ings, Smart cit­ies

A del­eg­a­tion of Malay­si­an smart city con­sult­ants recently vis­ited Peter­bor­ough to gain insight into the smart ini­ti­at­ives which led to the award of World Smart City 2015.

The Malay­sia Com­mu­nic­a­tions and Mul­ti­me­dia Com­mis­sion (MCMC) sent a team of con­sult­ants to attend the 5th Annu­al Smart to Future Cit­ies and Urb­an IOT 2016 Con­fer­ence in Lon­don, fol­lowed by a spe­cial vis­it to Oppor­tun­ity Peterborough’s offices at the Allia Future Busi­ness Centre. Mem­bers of the Peter­bor­ough DNA Smart City team presen­ted the cit­izen cent­ric approach to its smart ini­ti­at­ives includ­ing the vis­ion for Peter­bor­ough to become the UK’s first cir­cu­lar city.

Delivered by Oppor­tun­ity Peter­bor­ough and Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil, the Peter­bor­ough DNA Smart City pro­gram­me focuses on growth, innov­a­tion, skills and sus­tain­ab­il­ity with the goal of mak­ing Peter­bor­ough a bet­ter place to live, work and invest.

Mohd Irwan Mohamed, Act­ing Deputy Dir­ect­or of the MCMC said: “We have been very impressed by Peterborough’s work, par­tic­u­larly the col­lab­or­at­ive approach and ini­ti­at­ives involving young people. We look for­ward to shar­ing our les­sons with our team back in Malay­sia.”

Steve Bow­yer, Chief Exec­ut­ive of Oppor­tun­ity Peter­bor­ough said:

The World Smart City Award 2015 put Peter­bor­ough well and truly on the inter­na­tion­al stage as a thought lead­er in smart city think­ing, demon­strated by vis­its such as this. We were delighted to host the Malay­si­an del­eg­a­tion and look for­ward to sup­port­ing them fur­ther with their smart city ini­ti­at­ives.’