28th International Input-Output Association Conference
10th Edition of the International School of I-O Analysis
5th - 10th July 2020, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Kuala Lumpur as host city

Malaysia is a Southeast Asian country occupying parts of the Malay Peninsula and the island of Borneo. It's known for its beaches, rainforests and mix of Malay, Chinese, Indian and European cultural influences.

Kuala Lumpur or commonly known as KL, is the capital of Malaysia and the largest city in the country. The city is enclaved within the state of Selangor, on the central West Coast of Peninsular Malaysia. It covers the area of 243 km2 and has an estimated population of 1.73 million (as of 2016). Based on the Department of Statistics Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur has the highest GDP per capita in the country of RM101,420 (as of 2016). The city is among the fastest growing metropolitan regions in Southeast Asia, in both population and economic development.

In the recent decades, Kuala Lumpur has undergone rapid development process that has turned the city into one of the most important cities in the world. Currently, Kuala Lumpur is home to one of the top-20 tallest buildings in the world, the Petronas Twin Towers, which have become an iconic symbol of Malaysia's futuristic development. By being the fastest developing city in Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur has a comprehensive road system that is supported by extensive public transport networks such as the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT), Light Metro (LRT), monorail, elevated Bus Rapid Transit, commuter rail and airport rail link.

The city is generally known for the cultural, financial and economic centre of Malaysia. Since 1990s, the city has hosted many international sporting, political and cultural events. Among the notable events are the Ninth Session of World Urban Forum (WUF 9, 2018), Southeast Asian Games (2017) and Commonwealth Games (1998). It is also ranked as one of the world’s most visited city for tourism and shopping. The major tourism and shopping destinations in Kuala Lumpur include the Bukit Bintang shopping district, Suria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur Tower, Petaling Street, Merdeka Square, House of Parliament and the National Palace.

Additionally, Kuala Lumpur is pluralistic and racially diverse city. Other than the three major ethnic groups: the Malays, Chinese and Indians, the city also has a mix of different races including Eurasians, as well as other indigenous races from around Malaysia. With Bahasa Malaysia is the principal language in Kuala Lumpur, the residents in this city are generally literate in English. English has a strong presence, especially in business and education. Other widely used languages are Cantonese, Mandarin and Tamil.

Putrajaya as host conference

The 28th international input-output conference and 10th edition of the international school of I-O analysis will take place in Putrajaya, the Malaysia's third and latest Federal Territory. Built on an expansive marshland and former oil palm estate in the state of Selangor, the city spans an area of almost 5,000 hectares and lies 25 km from Kuala Lumpur. Putrajaya takes over the administrative functions of the capital city Kuala Lumpur and is part of the Multimedia Super Corridor project of the Malaysian government.

Much organisation and planning have gone into the development of Putrajaya as a modern city with the latest communication technologies and progressive infrastructure. The streets are elegantly designed with a European feel, along with well-paved roads while the government buildings are a blend of modern architecture with Islamic arts. Commercial, authoritative and residential areas have been divided into precincts that blend into each other cohesively. A waterway cuts through the city, flowing into a large lake. The concrete landscape is balanced with lots of parks, greenery and wetlands but because the land is relatively flat, it does not look lush.

Since it is highly accessible using public transport and Grab services, Putrajaya has become one of the most popular tourist attraction spots in Malaysia. Among the list of attractions in Putrajaya are Perdana Putra (prime minister’s office), Putra Mosque, Putrajaya Lake Cruise, Wetlands Park, Skyrides Festivals Park and etc.

Perdana Putra, the Prime Minister's office in Putrajay