PHOTO - Malaysia PM - Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
KUALA LUMPUR, 19 MAY 2011 - During a meeting chaired by the Malaysian prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in New York, about 25 global leaders of economics, business, science and technology have volunteered to help Malaysia reach its developed country ambition in an environmentally-sustainable way.
The meeting, which was in partnership with the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS), the new 42-member Global Science and Innovation Advisory Council, included American economist Jeffrey Sachs, two Nobel laureates, Sir Peter Williams, Vice President of the Royal Society, UK, and Rajendra K. Pachauri, head of the Nobel Prize-winning UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change among 25 international members from China, India, Russia, Japan, South Korea, the Netherlands, the UK and the US.
"Malaysia's ambitious goal is to simultaneously reduce poverty and achieve a green economy," said Prime Minister Najib. "We see science and technology innovation as key to achieving that goal, guided by the advice and active support of some of the world's most distinguished entrepreneurial, scientific and economic experts."
"These experts will liaise and work actively with key Malaysian agencies and institutions to develop 'quick wins' in the palm oil industry, in the creation of a smart city and smart village, and in education -- nurturing the talent of our young people -- to raise the number of scientifically and technically-trained individuals, entrepreneurs and innovators in our country," he said.
"With an increasingly well-educated population, existing high-tech infrastructure and progressive leadership, Malaysia offers a perfect laboratory in which to potentially demonstrate how a developing country can transition to a high-income economy in an ecologically-sensitive manner," said NYAS chief executive officer, Ellis Rubinstein. "The opportunity has therefore attracted the active interest of some of the world's foremost business experts and scientists."
A further statement said Malaysia intended to achieve developed status by 2010 and that it would double per capita income from US$6,700 in 2009 to US$15,000 in nine years.
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