The city of Ipoh is proposed to be recognised as a Creative City under the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
It is one of the targets under the Greater Ipoh Tourism Territory Branding Action Plan 2025.
Mayor, Datuk Rumaizi Baharin @ Md Daud said this proposal is to make Ipoh the most liveable city in Malaysia with good quality of life for all ages.
According to him, it aims to set the creative and cultural sectors as the main development agenda locally.
“This includes establishing active collaboration internationally via the sharing of best initiatives, ideas, experiences and practices.
“Via the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN), the recognised cities are committed to share the best practices and experiences in developing public-private partnership and public community.
He said so in his speech during the Ipoh City Council’s (MBI) recent full board meeting for the month of May.
He added that the benefits include empowering product creation and strengthening the image of the city for tourism, investment and commerce.
“Besides boosting creativity and innovation, it also increases access and participation especially for the marginalized group.
“The next agenda is to integrate creativity and culture fully into the sustainable development plan.
Till 2021, a total of 247 cities globally have obtained the UCCN status.
From the total, 12 are ASEAN representatives with the city of Kuching being recognised as a creative city of gastronomy in 2021.