The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), with the aid of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation Development (OECD), the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and support from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom, organised a conference on 'Good Regulatory Practices'. The main theme of the conference was 'Regulatory Coherence for Regional Connectivity and Global Competitiveness'. On the ground, taking responsibility for the management, operations and logistics for the conference is the Malaysian Productivity Corporation (MPC), a statutory body under MITI.
The VVIP officiating the event was the MITI's minister, Y.B. Dato' Sri Mustapa Mohamed. The honourable minister provided words of encouragement and reflected on how Malaysia has progressed under it 'transformation plan'. Joining the minister on stage for the opening ceremony were Y Bhg. Tan Sri Dr. Ali Hamsa, Chief Secretary to the Government of Malaysia, and Mr. Rolf Alter, Director Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate, OECD. Also present were VVIPs Datuk Rebecca Fatima Sta Maria, Secretary General of MITI and Dato' Razali Hussain, Director General of MPC.
The conference was divided into sessions for different themes. The main events were held in the Grand Ballroom of The Westin, Kuala Lumpur, whilst the remaining breakout session were in the Malaya 1 and Malaya 2 Rooms.
Participants of the conference were from very diverse backgrounds, for example, there were 10 ASEAN Member States (AMS), 10 OECD countries, the ASEAN Secretariat, 5 regional/international organisations (ADB, World Bank, ERIA), 5 regional/international business associations (ABAC, ASEAN Business Council, OECD BIAC, OECD TUAC), the OECD Secretariat, the OECD GRP experts and leading Malaysian officials. According to MPC, 'the Conference intends to target a mix of senior officials from AMS and OECD Member Countries responsible for overseeing and implementing GRP. Officials may come from the center of government, ministry of economy/finance, ministry of industry/business, ministry of law/justice or ministry of public administration, in accordance with the delegation for GRP in individual countries. In addition, a number of regional and international organisations with work programmes linked to regulatory reform will be invited to participate'.
MITRANS was invited to attend the conference because of its work with the Ministry of Transport in refining Malaysia's regulatory system for transport and logistics, as well as its role in the ASEAN Transport Facilitation Working Group (TFWG). Representing MITRANS at the conference were Dr Harlina Suzana Jaafar (Deputy Director of MITRANS), yours truly and three doctoral researchers: Ain Ibrahim, Anas Apandi and Noor Nadia. The research of all these three Ph.D candidates touched on various aspects of Malaysia's regulatory and institutional framework for conventional and halal supply chains.
Here are some scenes at the conference:
If you have reached this far reading this blog, here is a special shot: Yours truly with Dato' Razali Hussain, Director General of MPC.