Selangor has embarked on a bi-lateral collaboration with the city of Taipei by signing three agreements on smart transportation, smart city development and the development of start-up communities.
The strategic partnership is part of the state’s move to accelerate its smart state goal conversion.
Taipei embarked on similar initiatives and to date, has yielded positive results.
Now, Taipei has agreed to join forces with Selangor to expedite part of the Smart Selangor’s transformational strategy to materialize the aim of making Selangor a Smart Regional State by 2025.
At a ceremony here yesterday, Selangor Menteri Besar, Mohamed Azmin Ali and Taipei City Mayor, Dr Ko Wen-Je witnessed three state agencies namely the Menteri Besar (Incorporated) or MBI, Selangor Digital Creative Centre (SDCC) and Investment, Industry and Commerce, SMEs and Transportation Standing Committee signed respective Memorandum of Understanding (MOUs) with the Taipei government to collaborate in the three key areas.
The first MOU signed was for the collaboration on smart transportation, which covers the development of a public bicycle sharing system for Selangor citizens devised around Taipei’s experience. The MoU involves possible deployment of electronic scooters and electric vehicles throughout Selangor.
These initiatives put together will pave the way for a greener, healthier and cleaner Selangor. This is in line with the state’s aspiration to promote a sustainable Smart Selangor, which nurtures a smart society that champions a culture of inclusiveness, resilience and innovation.
Driving the state towards this aspiration, MBI, through Smart Selangor Delivery Unit (SSDU) signed the second set of MOU with Taipei to develop smart solutions applicable to Selangor based on the concept of mass collaboration with its citizens to ensure better service delivery and a better quality of life for the people of Selangor.
“This will lead to tremendous opportunities for Taipei technology companies to expand its technological development into Selangor through new foreign direct investments and synergistic win-win ventures with local companies.
“In stepping up efforts to foster SMEs’ growth and development, Selangor and Taipei will be working together in stimulating the development of start-up communities. Spearheaded by SDCC, both parties will explore the exchange of ideas and sharing of facilities to encourage the build-up of local SMEs and entrepreneurs to support smart city technologies’ development.
“Supported by Selangor Information Technology and E-commerce Council (SITEC), SDCC and Taipei’s Department of Economic Development, the collaboration facilitates start-ups in both cities to jointly increase traction in domestic and overseas’ markets.
The signing of the three MoUs marks yet another phase in the long and rich history of mutual and close cooperation that we share with Taiwan in the key areas of trade, commerce and industrial relations,” said Azmin.
He sia just three weeks ago, Selangor received a delegation from Tainan City and had very productive discussions, on going forward into greater exchanges and mutual engagement in research and technical advancement between our universities and Tainan universities and educational institutions.
“We also explored the possibility of learning further from Taiwan’s experience in the area of Technical and Vocational Education as well as your expertise in the Smart Industries.
“Today, the MoUs to be signed between agencies within the Selangor state and the Taipei City, cover smart transportation, smart city development and the development of start-up communities. No doubt this will further advance our Smart Selangor Agenda and efforts to make Selangor a regional state primed for greater activities on the global stage,” Azmin said.
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