Malaysia to host UIA International Forum 2024

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Malaysia to host UIA International Forum 2024

The Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) and the Malaysian Institute of Architects (PAM) have announced that they together have won the bid to host the Union Internationale des Architectes (UIA) International Forum in 2024.

Both MyCEB and PAM have stated that hosting UIA will help Malaysia to position itself as a ‘powerhouse’ of the tech community that builds a sustainable heritage.

Additionally, they have explained that the architecture forum is expected to touch on broader global topics, such as affordable housing. As a result, the three-day forum will be themed ‘Diversecity – Humanity and Sustainable Growth’.

During the event, UIA aims to improve the relevance of its activities by addressing issues in the tourism industry and discussing developing a city model for the future – which will focus on humanity and sustainable growth.

The final bid presentation was delivered in a hybrid format at the UIA 148th Council Meeting and Extraordinary General Assembly, in Madrid. The Malaysian team included the current president of PAM, and the CEO of MyCEB, among 18 other members of the delegation.

Building a sustainable future

Not present at the bid presentation, YB Dato’ Sri Hajah Nancy Shukri, the minister of tourism, arts and culture (MOTAC) Malaysia, said: “The UIA International Forum will be a great opportunity to unify the global architects’ community for a meaningful intellectual exchange on how to achieve a city for humanity and sustainable growth.”

This forum is expected to bring together over 2,000 delegates with an estimated economic impact of RM43.4m ($9.7m) and up to RM18.5m ($4.2m) in visitor expenditure to the Malaysian economy.

Speaking about the forum’s focus on humanity and sustainability, Dato’ Sri Abdul Khani Daud, CEO of MyCEB said: “Other than the direct economic impact that the forum is expected to generate for the Malaysian economy, it is our fervent hope that the global architect community will use the forum as a platform for a Global Declaration for the benefit of humanity.”

Datuk Ar. Ezumi Harzani Ismail, the chairman of UIA International Forum 2024, added: “We sincerely hope that this Forum will achieve Global Declaration for the benefit of humanity while urging all nations to recognise and protect traditional heritage architecture in a sustainable balance with modern urbanisation.”

MyCEB has stated that they hope hosting the UIA International Forum will serve as a compelling case study to entice more organisers to choose Malaysia for future business events.

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