Two MoUs Signed Between Malaysian and Kazakh Youth-Driven, Innovation Organisations
21 AUGUST 2017, Astana, Kazakhstan - The Crown Prince of the Malaysian state of Selangor, His Highness Tengku Amir Shah Ibni Sultan Idris Shah, today officiated the launch of #MyButterflyEffect & Youth Week at the Malaysia Pavilion. The themed-week aims to inspire youth to assume leadership roles in securing a green future for the world and create a Butterfly Effect for green growth emanating from EXPO 2017.
Also present at the launch were Ambassador of Malaysia to the Republic of Kazakhstan, H.E. Syed Mohamad Bakri Syed Abdul Rahman; Datuk Loo Took Gee, Deputy Commissioner of the Malaysia Pavilion at EXPO 2017 cum Advisor to the Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water, Malaysia; Datin Badriyah Malek, Deputy Secretary-General, Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water, Malaysia; Dr. Mohd Azman Zainul Abidin, Group Chief Executive Officer, Malaysian Green Technology Corporation; and Afiq Johar, President of the Future Innovation Council (FIC).
At the launch, Tengku Amir Shah reported that Malaysia’s #MyButterflyEffect and #Wattif messages have reached over 20 million people on social media, helping to create a Butterfly Effect of green growth ideas emanating from all over the world.
“This week will be the start of a new burst of energy, inspired by the youth of Kazakhstan and Malaysia to exponentially expand our Butterfly Effect to include new audiences around the world. Our Butterfly Effect campaign has taken a serious conversation about Future Energy and Climate Change and empowered youth of the world, on their terms – Socially – to lend their voice. That, to me, is what social media is for. And we will be working hard this week to keep the conversation and posts going strong,” he said.
In her welcoming speech, Datin Badriyah Ab Malek, Deputy Secretaty-General (Energy and Green Technology), Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water, Malaysia, was pleased to inform that the Malaysia Pavilion had surpassed its visitation target, with a total of 434,712 visitors as of August 20.
She added that the #MyButterflyEffect & Youth Week is expected to contribute further to the energy-filled programmes at EXPO 2017, particularly as it targets youth who are key drivers of our future sustainable growth.
“Through this week, we hope to inspire the youth to be more responsible in creating a better future. Their small actions today will have a big impact for tomorrow,” she continued.
At the event, Tengku Amir Shah and the other dignitaries also witnessed the signing of two Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs). One was between Future Innovation Council (FIC), a Malaysia-based NGO network of global change-makers and leaders driving future transformation and disruption in their ecosystems, and MOST Business Incubator, a private incubator in Kazakhstan that supports start-up entrepreneurs in all stages of their business development. The MoU will see both organisations collaborating on future innovation and game-changing initiatives that create a sustainable and positive impact, as well as connecting entrepreneurs and industry leaders within both networks.
MOST Business Incubator also signed another MoU with Techstars, a US-headquartered leading global accelerator and venture fund focused on early stage startups. Through the MoU, Techstars and MOST will help foster the startup ecosystem in various cities across Kazakhstan. Techstars will also support MOST through corporate innovation initiatives, community building initiatives, and connecting the local community with Techstar’s global community of entrepreneurs.
To address the importance of empowering youth to take action towards a green future, a panel session was held on “Startups, Innovation & Sustainability: The Future Today”, with panelists Afiq Johar, President of the Future Innovation Council (FIC); Bat-Oktyabri Davaasuren, APAC Regional Director of Techstars; and Pavel Koktyshev, Co-founder & Head at MOST Business Incubator.
Following the launch, there was a workshop on Ideation Lab: Designing a Sustainable Future that had over 30 Kazakh youth participate in a dialogue on innovative and realistic solutions to the United Nations’ sustainable development goals (SDGs).
Tomorrow on August 22, Tengku Amir Shah will partake in a dialogue session with the Executive Director of the USA Pavilion to candidly discuss ideas and actions that contribute towards a Green Future for Us.
Organised as part of the Malaysia Pavilion’s weekly business program at EXPO 2017, the #MyButterflyEffect & Youth Week, held from August 21 to 25, will also have other panel discussions on “Empowering Youth for Change” and “Women at the Forefront of Innovation”, as well as sharing sessions by MOST Business Incubator on “Entrepreneurship Landscape in Kazakhstan” and Future Innovation Council on “Corporate Innovation Driven by Collaboration with Startups and Entrepreneurs”.
Through the #MyButterflyEffect campaign, Malaysia has committed to add one watt of solar generation for every one social media post on Green Growth with the hashtags #MyButterflyEffect and #Wattif based on the simple question of “Watt If?”
Malaysia’s participation at EXPO 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan is organised by the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water, Malaysia and implemented by its agency GreenTech Malaysia. For more information on Malaysia at EXPO 2017, visit http://www.greenfuturemalaysia.com or www.facebook.com/EXPO17Malaysia