Dato' Zamri Bin Man, Mayor of Ipoh, Perak Malaysia presenting the Social Business City pledge memento to Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus at the Pangkor International Development Dialogue 2016 opening day on 5 September, 2016 witnessed by key stakeholders. Photo: Yunus Centre
A formal joint-declaration was made to make Ipoh as the first Social Business City of Malaysia by the Chief Minister of Perak, Mayor of Perak, CEO of MyHarapan, a youth organization of Malaysia, and Yunus Centre. Ipoh is the capital of Northern Malaysian state of Perak. The declaration came on opening day of the three day long Pangkor International Development Dialogue 2016 being held in Perak, Malaysia from 5-7 September 2016. Ipoh is following the example of social business cities created in other countries.
Earlier on, Sunday 4 September, 2016 Professor Yunus gave recommendations and guidelines to the Perak Social Business City Committee on how Ipoh can become an effective social business city. This committee was created for the preparation and implementation of the project on the eve of the dialogue.
Professor Yunus also delivered the keynote speech at this year’s Pangkor Dialogue which is one of the largest knowledge exchange dialogue in Southeast Asia focusing on Sustainable Development. Over a thousand delegates, including ministerial level delegates from India, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Singapore, Bahrain, and Guinea are attending the conference.