Empowering the global city-region - The crucial roles of Local Government

Hamzah Jusoh, A. R. Azmizam, Habibah Ahmad, Amiah @ Amriah Buang

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To be competitive in this era of globalisation, city-regions have to be able to position themselves in the global city system. It is through such positioning of its city-regions that a country's private and public sectors may avail themselves of continuous flows of investments. To empower the city-region to achieve this goal Local Governments (LGs) may have to play several crucial roles. This article scrutinises the roles of Malaysian LGs in empowering the Kuala Lumpur City-Region (KLCR) to attract financial flows in order to generate economic growth and development for the country. The analysis was based on the results of a field survey of 315 respondents representing 10 main LGs in KLCR and aided by relevant official documents. By subjecting the data to statistical tests, the study found that the LGs' multi-faceted roles had resulted in a KLCR capable of both leveraging its economic growth and enhancing its liveability, thus indicating the growing ability of the KLCR to position itself in the global city system. In conclusion, the roles of LGs are critical to the empowerment of a city-region. As such it is recommended that LGs in developing economies be given all the necessary resources and supports to enable them to institute functions that will facilitate and foster the competitiveness of their global city-regions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)82-86
Number of pages5
JournalWorld Applied Sciences Journal
Volume13
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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Keywords

  • City-region
  • Competitiveness
  • Globalization
  • International economy
  • Local government

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Empowering the global city-region - The crucial roles of Local Government. / Jusoh, Hamzah; Azmizam, A. R.; Ahmad, Habibah; Buang, Amiah @ Amriah.

In: World Applied Sciences Journal, Vol. 13, No. 13, 2011, p. 82-86.

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