GEORGE TOWN, Feb 6 (Bernama) -- The Penang Bay project, a long-term vision for the waterfronts of Butterworth and George Town, will be pitched at the tenth edition of the World Urban Forum (WUF10), to be held in Abu Dhabi between Feb 8 and 13.
State Housing, Local Government and Town and Country Planning committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo said the Penang Bay project was among nine projects selected from over 100 projects globally for the WUF10 Cities Investment Platform pitching session.
"The aim (of this project) is to create a new, seamless city core between Butterworth and George Town with an economy based on innovation synergies between technology and creativity," he told a press conference, here today.
The Penang Bay project developed by George Town Conservation and Development Corporation (GTCDC) is a partnership between the state government and Think City.
Jagdeep said he would lead the state's delegation to WUF10 accompanied by deputy State secretary Datuk Azhar Arshad and Seberang Perai City Council (MBSP) mayor Datuk Rozali Mohamud.
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He said the aim of the delegation was to secure smart investors’ interest for the Penang Bay Project.
"We will also be launching the Penang Bay Ideas Competition during WUF10 to seek creative ideas from architecture and planning professionals from all over the world and promote the idea to potential investors.
"A six-member jury will select the top three winners and three additional honorable mentions," he said, adding that the results would be made available for public viewing by June this year.
Meanwhile, Think City programme director Dr Matt Benson, who was also at the press conference, said the idea of the Penang Bay project was to transform George Town Central Business District (CBD) into a creative and technology which would be integrated with the east and north seafront projects, connecting Gurney Wharf and Butterworth through coastal walkways and high speed ferry respectively.
"In Butterworth, our plan is to redevelop Penang Sentral and port facilities into an innovation hub with mixed development, education precinct, recreation components and most importantly, vertical factories," he added.
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