ISKANDAR PUTERI: Iskandar Investment Bhd (IIB) said the 2021 Johor Budget is a recognition of its role as a strategic partner in enabling the state’s Digital Johor and Talent Development agenda in Iskandar Malaysia.

IIB president and chief executive officer Datuk Khairil Anwar Ahmad said IIB welcomed the budget allocation for digital technology and talent development initiatives.

“IIB appreciates the continuous support, opportunities and trust given by the state government to IIB to be the state’s strategic partner in positioning Iskandar Puteri as a leading hub for drone & robotics, innovation, talent development and digital technology,” said Khairil Anwar in a statement.

He said IIB has been focusing on digital technology and talent development for Iskandar Puteri’s next phase of growth.

“We are grateful for the allocation granted by the state government as this will further accelerate the development of a digital and talent hub in Iskandar Puteri.

“This will attract high-impact investments and highly skilled talents to Johor,” said Khairil Anwar.

He said the recently announced collaboration with various industry players under the Iskandar NEXT program was IIB’s first step towards that goal, and the recognition and budget allocation from the state was a definite boost.

Khairil Anwar added that IIB would be the bridge between the state government and industry players in achieving the 2030 Johor Vision.

“With several brand name firms and institutions as existing partners, and now with the support of the Johor government, IIB is well-positioned to realise the state’s Digital Johor and Talent Development agenda,” he said.

Digital Johor and Talent Development are two of the 12 agendas to be implemented under the 2021 Johor Budget that was tabled by Menteri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad last Thursday.