Speech by Chief Minister of Penang the Rt. Hon Mr. Lim Guan Eng in Singapore at the Penang Investment Opportunities at King’s Copthorne Hotel, Singapore on 14 October 2014 (e/c)

Allow me to begin by extending a very warm welcome to each and everyone here today.

Penang’s manufacturing & services sectors account 48 & 47 percent of Penang’s GDP, respectively. In 2013, Penang’s services sector achieved a growth rate of 5.8 percent, indicating that Penang’s economy is gradually moving towards a balanced equalization between the manufacturing and services sector.

SSO companies in Penang such as IHS, Atmel, Toll Forwarding and Jurong Shipyard are continuously expanding. This sector employs over 7,000 professionals in Penang. These new expansions are quickly taking up all the Grade-A office spaces in Penang.

For this very reason, Penang’s up-coming RM 3.3 billion IT-BPO Hub will be the latest development focus for Penang and Malaysia. The project’s vision is to create new clusters of economic development with opportunities to live, work, learn and play in sustainable and innovative urban spaces.

Together with Penang International Technology Park (PITP), the gross development value for the PDC-TEMASEK joint-venture project is estimated to be approximately RM11.3 billion. And it is a testimony of the Penang’s drive to fulfil the prediction of KPMG to become one of the 31 BPO hubs of the future.

INVESTMENT
In 2013, Malaysia’s largest export market is Singapore with the total export achieving MYR100 billion for the first time. Singapore’s investments ranked top in Penang indicating a ten-fold leap to MYR 622 million from MYR61 million from 2012. Amongst some of the projects that drove the growth of investments included Singapore Aerospace Manufacturing (SAM) which has recently announced their new reinvestment plan in next three years.

TOURISM

On tourism, The Guardian UK has named Penang as the Top 10 “World’s Must Visit Destinations in 2014”. Penang International Airport has also recorded a 15% increase of passengers from 4.8 million to 5.5 million passengers in 2013. In the first half of this year, Penang airport foreign arrivals recorded an almost 10 percent growth of which Singaporeans constitute the second highest international visitors to Penang. The upcoming Visit Penang Year 2015-2017 will help in promoting tourism in Penang.

Malaysia is ranked fifth in the world for medical tourism destination in terms of reasonable cost with high quality medical services. Penang is the top state contributing about 60% of the Malaysia’s medical tourism receipts. Last year, Penang experienced a revenue growth of 18 per cent and with total medical tourism receipts of over RM370 million. Penang intends to have more private hospitals due to the increasing demand.

EDUCATION

Education is important to nurture talents for the industrial and services sectors. In Penang, there are over 40 public and private universities and colleges, in addition to the ten reputable international schools. With the setting up of more learning and training centres, an education hub has been planned in Batu Kawan to further attract world-class educational institutions like the US-based, Asian Women’s Leadership University (AWLU) – a liberal arts institution managed by the renowned Smith College to set up a campus in Penang. Other announced projects are the Hull University, KDU University College and premier international schools such as St. Joseph Institution.

Penang is also successful in attracting talents from overseas. The Penang Career Assistance and Talent (CAT) Centre is assisting an international internship programme, in collaboration with universities in Japan, New Zealand, Germany and Switzerland.

CREATIVE ANIMATION TRIGGERS (CAT) CLUSTER

Penang is keen to establish a creative cluster to leverage on conducive conditions especially the 3Ts of talent, technology and tolerance of new ideas. We also have the potential to become an animation cluster for Malaysia in the future.

LIVEABILITY

Penang is the most liveable city in Malaysia. Lonely Planet also listed Penang as the No.1 Food Destination of the world. Culturally, the internationally acclaimed George Town Festival in its fifth year running, is now one of the most vibrant arts festival in Southeast Asia. Penang is also on The Guardian’s list of Top 15 Best Street Art around the world.
SUSTAINABLE GROWTH

On 1st March 2014, Penang’s Second Bridge, the longest bridge in Southeast Asia commenced operation. To improve connectivity and communication, companies are invited to participate in the Requests for Proposal (RFP) for the development and construction of RM27 billion roads and public transport projects in Penang (Penang Transport Master Plan Strategy 2013-2030).

SUMMARY

The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) with over 600 million population and USD2 trillion GDP is set to come into force from 31 December 2015, will bring about greater opportunities.

Before ending, I would like to thank investPenang, Penang Investment and Tourism Office (PITO), MDeC and EDIS for making this seminar possible and once again, I thank all of you here for your presence and I wish you a fruitful seminar. Thank you.

Lim Guan Eng

槟城首席部长于2014年10月14日在新加坡 King’s Copthorne酒店举行的槟城投资商机解说会的演讲。

欢迎大家来到这次的槟城投资商机解说会。

槟城目前的制造业与服务业各占槟城生产总值的48%及47%。槟城在2013年的服务业增长了5.8%,显示槟城的整体经济已经逐渐迈向制造业与服务业的平衡状态。

如今在槟城的共享服务外包公司,例如美商自料分析公司IHS、美商Atmel、澳商拓领环球运输(Toll Global Forwarding)及新加坡裕廊船厂(Jurong Shipyard)正持续扩充他们的业务。共享服务外包领域已经在槟城聘用了超过7000名专才。这些新的扩充领域已经迅速占据了槟城各大A级办公室。

有鉴于此,槟城即将展开的资科商业处理外包枢纽计划(IT-BPO)将会是槟城乃自于全马关注的焦点。这项计划的宏愿是打造一个永续及创新的城市空间,让人有机会能一边生活、工作、学习与玩乐的经济发展圈。连同槟城国际科技园(PITP),这项槟州发展机构与淡马锡合资的计划总值预估共113亿令吉。上述计划就是槟城被国际著名会计行毕马威列为全球未来31个商业处理外包枢纽之一所履行及实现的目标。

投资

马来西亚2013年最大的出口国是新加坡,出口值首次达到1000亿令吉。新加坡2013年在槟城的投资高居各国榜首,从2012年6千100万令吉十倍增长至6亿2千200万令吉。当中,在槟城设厂的新加坡飞航制造商(SAM),甫宣布在接下来3年将在槟城扩充新投资。

旅游业
在旅游业,英国卫报将槟城列为2014年全球十大必游景点。槟城国际机场在2013年的客流量也增加高达15%,从前年480万增加至550万客流量。2014首半年,槟城机场的外国旅客也已经增长约10%,当中新加坡旅客是莅临槟城排名第二高的国际旅客。即将进行的2015至2017槟城旅游年,将会致力推广槟城旅游。

大马的医药保健旅游能在全世界排名第五,主要是以公道价格提供高品质医疗服务。槟城在这个领域名列前茅,贡献了医药保健旅游60%的市场。去年,槟城的医药保健旅游成长18%共3亿7千万令吉总值。有鉴于日渐增加的需求,槟城欲设立更多的私人医院。

教育
教育乃培养工业及服务业人才的重要之道。槟城目前共有40所公立及私立的大专院校,此外,这里还有10所遐迩闻名的国际学校。为建设更多的学习及培训中心,峇都交湾已被圈定作为槟城未来的教育重镇,以吸引世界各地知名的教育机构来槟设校。来自美国的知名大学史密夫学院,已决定在槟城创办一所以文科为主的亚洲女子领袖大学,除此之外,英国的赫尔大学、伯乐大学以及一流的国际学校如圣约瑟书院,也即将在槟城设校。

槟城也成功吸引了海外人才。槟城就业辅导及人才中心正在与日本、纽西兰、德国及瑞士等国的众大学合作,推行跨国实习计划。

创意动画群聚
槟城现阶段正全力打造一个创意群聚,让人才、工艺及新见解可以获得包容的所在。这个群聚,也有潜质成为马来西亚未来的动画群聚。

宜居
槟城是马来西亚最适宜居住的城市。《孤独星球》也把槟城列为全球最佳美食榜首景点。在文化方面,广受国际好评的乔治市艺术节今年已迈入第五年,它早跻身成为东南亚最有活力的艺术节之一。而卫报也把槟城列为全球15佳街头艺术城市。

永续成长
2014年3月1日,东南亚最长的槟城第二大桥正式启用。为促进州内的连接与通信,我们公开向各公司征求企划书,以落实价值270亿令吉的州内公路及公共交通计划(2013-2030槟州交通大蓝图策略)

摘要
拥有超过6亿人口以及国内生产毛额达2兆美元的东盟经济共同体,即将在2015年12月31日起正式启动,将会带来更好的机会。
结束之前,我要感谢投资槟城、槟州投资及旅游机构、MDeC以及EDIS举办这项活动。当然,我也要谢谢每个出席者,并预祝活动成功。谢谢!

林冠英

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