The Penang Institute is the public policy think tank of the state government of Penang. Established in 1997 under a different name, it has now been rebranded to better reflect the aspirations of the state to transform Penang into an international and intelligent city.
With the tagline, “Making Ideas Work”, the Penang Institute seeks to spur bold thinking in the key areas of economics, socio-politics and sustainable development. The Institute’s approach assumes three main thrusts:
As a policy advisory body to the state government of Penang, the Penang Institute is constantly working hand-in-hand with the state government, its related agencies as well as various international organisations such as the United Nations Development Programme and other non-governmental organisations.
In addition, the Penang Institute also constantly engages the public by promoting and highlighting various issues of local, national and regional concern through facilitating conferences, lectures, workshops and public seminars.