Building a Green Economy in the State

Policy Notes “Building a Green Economy in the State of Perak” was launched by Dato’ Seri DiRaja Dr Zambry Abd Kadir, Menteri Besar, Perak, during the 4th IDR Annual Research Seminar held at Impiana Hotel.

The Policy Notes, in line with Transforming our World: “the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” including its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), was adopted on September 25, 2015 by Heads of State and Government at a special UN summit. The agenda is a commitment to eradicate poverty and achieve sustainable development by 2030 worldwide, ensuring that no one is left behind. The adoption of the 2030 Agenda was a landmark achievement, providing for a shared global vision towards sustainable development for all.

Institut Darul Ridzuan (IDR) did the study and came up with the Policy Notes. Dr Mazalan Kamis, IDR CEO, informed that the study finds the various state development plans in Perak already contain elements that are in line with the green economic growth principles, so the State is now moving towards that direction. But reaping further benefits from the green agenda would require the State to move away from a “business-as-usual” development practice. The study suggests that doing so will require a six-point transformation agenda that will ensure the convergence of social, environmental and economic pillars of development.

The theme of the 4th Annual Research Seminar was Mobilising Research Findings into Policy Development for Impactful Actions.

A number of research papers were presented under the following categories namely, Economy and Business, Politics, Governance and Public Service, Social and Well Being and Tourism, Environment and Sustainability.

The following papers are interesting and should be given more publicity:

  • Financing Affordable Housing: Moving towards Inclusive Development
  • Costs of Living and Coping Strategies Among Households in Perak
  • A Profiling Study on Socio Gap Analysis of Cottage Industry in Perak
  • Big Data: What and Why it Matters
  • Connecting Perak MPs and the Public Online

Money and time has been spent on these studies and I wonder what happened to the previous studies? Are the findings and recommendations put into practice?

Doing research for the sake of research is a waste of money and time.


A. Jeyaraj

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