Message from Sarawak Chief Minister





First of all, we would like to welcome all delegates of the 8th Alliance for Healthy Cities Global Conference and General Assembly 2018 (AFHC 2018) to Kuching, Sarawak. 

Indeed, we are deeply honoured and privileged that this year, Kuching City is the venue for this prestigious conference involving representatives from many cities around the globe, particularly those from the Western Pacific Region. This is the eighth edition of the AFHC Global Conference and General Assembly. We trust that this event will continue to act as an important platform for prominent local and international experts including city mayors, councillors, health experts, urban planners and managers to deliberate on the way forward in managing the challenges resulting from rapid urban development.

Cities development and competitiveness play a pivotal role as the main economic driver of a country through the creation of huge economic and employment opportunities. Nonetheless, urbanisation also brings about various complicated issues and challenges that need to be addressed in creating a vibrant and safe city. There is no straight forward approach in managing the cities properly and effectively due to the diverse and dynamic issues associated with the economics, physical, social and environmental development of the cities.

In this respect, it is important for us to develop and manage our cities strategically and sustainably. Cities need to learn from each other by emulating good practices and to avoid repeating the failures of other cities. Collaboration between cities under the Alliance for Healthy Cities is one of the strategic approaches to create opportunities for member cities to work closely in seeking solution to various issues and challenges. Undoubtedly, the AFHC 2018 will bring together member cities of the AFHC to share their ideas and experiences on various programmes, projects and initiatives in tandem with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aspirations, goals and objectives. 

Rapid urbanisation and technological changes are affecting the way we manage our cities. Digital technologies are ubiquitous and influencing the structure, norms and dynamics of modern social life of urban dwellers. It helps to shape and reshape social relationships, organisations, societies and even individual in the cities. In this regard, we must leverage on the power of digital technology in managing the cities. Digital technology is crucial to connect the different components of the urban systems. However, the digital technology alone cannot resolve the social, environmental and logistical issues that the growing cities are facing. Hence, the symbiotic relationship between governments, business and entrepreneurs utilising digital technologies are pertinent in creating citizen-centric development and resilient cities.

In conclusion, I wish all the delegates of the AFHC 2018 to have a successful conference and enjoy their stay in Kuching City. 

Thank You.