Passing the baton of leadership


THE Songkhla Province governor Jetsada Chitrat has been appointed as the new Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT) Green Council Meeting chairman, taking over the responsibility from Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow.


Jetsada will be holding the position for two years (2021 and 2022).


A virtual handover ceremony was held during the fifth IMT-GT Green Council Meeting today.

Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow

The IMT-GT Green Council Meeting is conducted annually since 2016 as a forum and platform to discuss, formulate and monitor the implementation of IMT-GT green initiatives.


Meanwhile, IMT-GT is a sub-regional economic cooperation programme aimed at spurring economic development in participating provinces and states in three countries, namely Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.


Chow was the IMT-GT Green Council Meeting chairman from 2019 until now.


“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the IMT-GT national secretariats, chief ministers, governors and the participating members of the IMT-GT Green Council Meeting for their endless contributions in strengthening the mutual bonds of friendship and cooperation between parties during my tenure.


“I would also like to warmly welcome and extend my heartiest congratulations to Jetsada as he embarks on this exciting journey as the new chairman of the IMT-GT Green Council Meeting.


“I hope this transition will bring new milestones to realise the IMT-GT Vision 2036 and the IMT-GT SUDF (Sustainable Urban Development Framework) 2019-2036,” said Chow.


Meanwhile, Jetsada thanked Chow for all his contributions during his tenure as the chairman of the IMT-GT Green Council Meeting.


“On behalf of Thailand and Songkhla Province, we are very honoured to receive this responsibility.


“We will continue with green initiatives to achieve the IMT-GT Vision 2036 and IMT-GT SUDF 2019-2036,” he added.


Story by Riadz Akmal
Pix by Ahmad Adil Muhamad
Video by Noor Siti Nabilah Noorazis