In our “Building Thriving Economic Hubs Through Transport Infrastructure” webinar on 8 March 2022, our diverse panel of industry experts shared their experienced take on the vital role of well-planned transport infrastructure in striking the balance between achieving economic success and climate resilience. Among the topics covered were the impact of ESG disclosure and responsible investment in strengthening the financing and delivery of transport infrastructure in developing urban hubs such as Kuala Lumpur, green solutions in transportation, and key enablers in the development of tomorrow’s transport infrastructure.

Over 320 attendees tuned in to the online event jointly organized with ICE Malaysia, opened by Datuk Zainal Amanshah, Vice President – Malaysia & SEA Emerging Markets; Key Accounts, Asia, AECOM and Ir. Dr. Tony Chan, Managing Director, Opus Consultants / ICE Representative for Malaysia, and featuring a keynote speech from Datuk Seri Ir. Dr. Wee Ka Siong, Minister of Transport, Malaysia, addressing the relevance and urgency of fostering sustainability and inclusion in Malaysia’s transport infrastructure.

A consistent theme throughout the insightful discussion was the importance of understanding the needs of the public transport passengers of the future. Particular emphasis was given on how the newly announced KVMRT3 project in Malaysia will prioritize sustainability, people and collaboration, on top of the new benchmarks for safety and digital applications in the local construction industry set by the earlier KVMRT1 and KVMRT2 projects.

Other speakers and panelists present were Datuk Mohd Zarif Mohd Hashim (CEO, MRT Corporation Sdn Bhd), Raja Amir Raja Azwa (CEO, HSBC Amanah Bank), Lillian Tay (Vice President, VERITAS Design Group), Gandhi Suppiah MBA, CEng FICE (Director of Infrastructures for SEA, Malaysia Lead, TSA Management), Russell Jackson (Global Transit Director, AECOM), Poh Seng Tiok (Senior Vice President / Head of Rail & Transit, Asia / SEA Transportation Leader, AECOM) and Dr. Thomas Tang (Executive Director Land Supply / Municipal, Hong Kong, AECOM). The panel discussion was moderated by Datuk Zainal Amanshah.

This was the second installment of our Delivering Sustainable Legacies for Asia series of discussions. Stay tuned for more events as we continue the conversation on enhancing resilience through infrastructure and sustainable urban design.