KUALA LUMPUR: The Government has reiterated its commitment to provide a redirection of investment into job-creating initiatives in green technology, as part of its overall transformation programme.
Datuk Seri Peter Chin Fah Kui, Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water, said the ministry would continue to do its utmost to ensure that the green technology industry develops into a vibrant and sustainable economy.
In line with this mission, this year's International Green Tech & Eco Products Exhibition and Conference Malaysia (IGEM 2012) has been themed "Greentech for Growth."
This is the third year IGEM will be held in Malaysia. The four-day event, starting Oct 10, aims to continue encouraging efforts in the advancement, commercialisation and growth of green technology, eco-products and services.
Chin called for the full support of industry players in achieving the mission to further develop the green-business ecosystem.
He also announced the establishment of the Malaysian Green Business Association (MAGBA).
Headed by interim chairman Tan Sri Datuk Mustafa Mansur - who is also president of the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers - the non-profit MAGBA will promote green products and services via business-to-business channels.
IGEM 2012 will also see the addition of the National Green Awards, which seeks to recognise the achievements of business-, government- and citizen-led initiatives that have influenced positive change in the development of communities and the country. The call for nominations is slated for April 12.
Also launched was a new format and look for the Malaysian Online Green Directory (www.greendirectory.my), a green technology products and services resource that went live in January.
For more information about IGEM 2012, go to www.igem.com.my. - GABEY GOH