07:30 hrs
Registration
08:20 hrs
Arrival of Dato’ Saiful Anuar Lebai Hussen, Secretary General of Ministry of Economic Affairs
Negaraku and Doa Recital
08:30 hrs
WBG Remarks by Dr Mara Warwick, Country Director for Brunei, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand, World Bank
08:35 hrs
UN Remarks by Mr Stefan Priesner, UN Resident Coordinator for Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei Darussalam
08:40 hrs
Keynote Address
by YB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, Minister of Economic Affairs 

Launch of Malaysia Economic Monitor Report 
09:05 hrs
Highlights on Macroeconomics and Re-energizing the Public Service by
i.  Dr. Richard Record, World Bank Lead Economist
ii.  Ms Rajni Bajpai, World Bank Lead Public Sector Specialist
09:45 hrs
Tea Break and Press Conference 
10:20 hrs
Megatrends by Mr. Nurhisham Hussein, Head of the Economics and Capital Markets Department, Employees Provident Fund (EPF)
Q&A Session
10:50 hrs
Session 1.1 : Governance
This session will begin with an overall general framing of how to conceptualize governance and institutional reforms and the interlinkages therein. It is expected to help view the macro perspective and facilitate a platform for discussion on strategic planning for the upcoming priorities of governance reform in Malaysia. This will be followed by deep dive discussions into three areas of governance: (1) public service delivery- focusing on the importance of enhancing service delivery as a major step towards institutionalizing reforms (2) the significance of strengthening local governance and the role of local government in ensuring the benefits of reform reach the people (3) and the important element of a holistic and vibrant reform process: citizens’ engagement.

Moderator : Mr. Niloy Banerjee, UNDP Resident Representative for Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei Darussalam
Introduction by Moderator
11:00 am
Governance and Institutional Reform by Ms Mir Nadia Nivin, UNDP Governance & Institutional Reform Specialist
Q&A Session
11:25 hrs
Panel Discussion I - Re-energizing the Public Service
Panellists: 
i.  Dato’ Hj. Suhaime Mahbar, Deputy Director General of Public Service Department, Malaysia
ii.  Ms Rajni Bajpai, World Bank Lead Public Sector Specialist
iii. Mr Laurence Todd, Director, Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS)
Q&A Session
12:10 hrs
Local Government and Citizen Engagement by
i.   Dr. Lim Mah Hui, Independent Consultant, United Nations
ii.  Dr. Vijayendra Rao, World Bank Lead Economist
Q&A Session
12:45 hrs
Lunch Break
13:50 hrs
Session 1.2 : Shared Prosperity
YAB Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohammad recently shared his vision for a “shared prosperity” model. A model that will address structural socioeconomic issues, tackle income and wealth disparities, and create a progressive, high-value and knowledge-based economy. A needs-based model that equips all Malaysians to fulfil their potential and ensure equitable growth and wealth distribution. A model that will enable Malaysia to emerge as a leading economy in Asia. Shared prosperity is not only about sustained economic growth, it is also about ensuring the wellbeing of the people, because development — shared prosperity — is ultimately about how the most vulnerable fare in a country, how no one is left behind.

Moderator : Ms Marianne Clark-Hattingh, UNICEF Representative for Malaysia
Introduction by Moderator
14:00 hrs
Keynote on Shared Prosperity by Dr. Yuen Yuen Ang, Associate Professor, University of Michigan
Q&A Session
14:35 hrs
Sharing Prosperity : Tackling Multidimensional Proverty and Inequality
i.  Tan Sri Datuk Dr. Kamal Mat Salih, Chairman, Malaysian Institute of Economic Research (MIER)
ii.  Dr. Kenneth Simler, World Bank Senior Economist
Q&A Session
15:20 hrs
Social Protection as a Conduit to Shared Prosperity by
i.  Dr. Achim Schmillen, World Bank Senior Economist
ii.  Mr. Stephen Barrett, UNICEF
Q&A Session
16:00 hrs
Tea Break
16:10 hrs
Session 1.3 : Social Cohesion
Shared Prosperity is deeply linked to the issue of a peaceful and cohesive society. National unity and inclusive development have always been integral parts of Malaysia’s vision and plans. Following this tradition, this session looks at new aspects and provides proposals for pathways towards strengthening unity and inclusivity for greater solidarity in economic development, access to opportunities and services, and social interactions.

Moderator : Dato' Muhammad Idris, Deputy Secretary General (Sectoral), Ministry of Economic Affairs
Introduction by Moderator
16:20 hrs
Keynote on Social Cohesion and National Unity by Dr Lee Hwok-Aun, Senior Fellow and Co-coordinator of the Malaysia Studies Programme, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS)
Q&A Session
16:55 hrs
Panel Discussion II – Education as a Driver for Social Cohesion and Unity
Panellists:
i.   Dr Habibah binti Abdul Rahim, Deputy Director General, Ministry of Education Malaysia, (Policy & Education Development)
ii.  Ms Elmarie Potgieter, Managing Director, Rite Education Sdn. Bhd.
Q&A Session
17:25 hrs
Access to Healthcare in Malaysia and Non-Communicable Diseases by
i.   Datuk Dr Noor Hisham bin Abdullah, Director General of Health, Malaysia
ii.  Dr Ying-Ru Jacqueline Lo, WHO Representative in Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam and Singapore
Q&A Session
18:10 hrs
Rethinking Housing: The Role of Government and Private Developers in Providing Affordable Housing by Dr. Suraya Ismail, Khazanah Research Institute
Q&A Session
18:30 hrs
End of Day 1
08:00 hrs
Registration
08:30 hrs
Session 2.1: Sustainable Consumption and Production
Sustainable Consumption and Production aims at “doing more and better with less”. A key concept to achieve this is circularity, which explores opportunities to promote closed material loops and enhanced resource efficiency along the value chains. This session will look at alternative models of development which improves human well-being and builds social equity, while reducing resource use and environmental degradation. This session will explore how economies can be transformed to become drivers of environmental sustainability, responding to the challenge of urbanisation, resource scarcity, climate change and pollution.

Moderator: Ms Zakiah Jaafar, Deputy Secretary General (Macro), Ministry of Economic Affairs
Introduction by Moderator
08:40 hrs
Management of the Green Economy : A Win-Win Approach to Sustainable Development by Mr Henrik Rytter Jensen, Chief Technical Advisor, Green Technology Application for the Development of Low Carbon Cities (GTALCC) Project, UNDP
Q&A Session
09:10 hrs
Sustainable Blue Economy Approach to National Development Planning by Ms Makiko Yashiro, Programme Officer, Ecosystems Division, Asia & Pacific Office, UN Environment (UNEP)
Q&A Session
09:40 hrs
Circular Economy
Making Sense and Waste as a Valuable Commodity by Dr Anjali Acharya, World Bank Senior Environmental Specialist
Towards a Circular Economy – Waste Management in Malaysia by Dr S. Sri Umeswara, Era Suria Ecopreneurs Sdn Bhd
Q&A Session
10:20 hrs
Tea Break
10:30 hrs
Session 2.2 : Management of Natural Resources
Malaysia’s natural resources in the form of land, energy, forests, water and biodiversity have played a supporting role in the growth of the nation. Effective management and governance of our natural resources are important to ensure the sustainability and regenerating capacity of these resources. This session will look into possible policy options for sustainable energy development and transformation of the water sector. The Ecological Fiscal Transfer approach will be introduced as an option to break down financing barriers in the management of natural resources. A perspective from the ground on the role of NGOs in wildlife protection will also be further explored.

Moderator: Professor Dato’ Dr Mazlin bin Moktar, Director, Professor and Principal Fellow, Institute for Environment and Development (LESTARI), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
Introduction by Moderator
10:40 hrs
Towards a more Sustainable and Energy Efficient Future by Ir Dr Sanjayan Velautham, Chief Executive Officer, Sustainable Energy
Development Authority (SEDA), Malaysia
Q&A Session
11:10 hrs
Water Sector Transformation by Dr. Salmah Zakaria, Academy of Sciences Malaysia
Q&A Session
11:40 hrs
Ecological Fiscal Transfer in Malaysia: Opportunities for Environmental Grant-Making by Ms Preetha Sankar, Advocate & Solicitor and Environmental Legal Specialist, UNDP
Q&A Session
12:10 hrs
Roles of NGOs in Wildlife Protection by
i.   Dr Henry Chan, Conservation Director, WWF-Malaysia
ii.  Dr Sivananthan T. Elagupillay, Policy Advisor, MYCAT
Q&A Session
12:45 hrs
Lunch Break
14:00 hrs
Session 2.3 : Addressing Climate Change
Building resilient and sustainable societies means addressing both climate and disaster risks, and integrating these risks and potential opportunities into development planning, budgeting, and investments. The session will explore the enabling framework to address climate change and disaster risks in terms of finance and policy, while highlighting a community-livelihood approach for disaster management.

Moderator : Mr Asfaazam Kasbani, Assistant Resident Representative, UNDP Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei Darussalam
Introduction by Moderator
14:10 hrs
Disaster Risk Reduction and Management
Investment in Resilience: Ensuring a Disaster-resistant Future by Mr. Sanny Jegillos, Regional Team Leader, Disaster Risk Reduction, UNDP
Disaster Risk Financing by Dr. Olivier Mahul, Practice Manager, Global Disaster Risks Financing, World Bank
Q&A Session
14:55 hrs
Budgeting for a Changing Climate by Mr Thomas Beloe, SDG Finance Advisor, UNDP
Q&A Session
15:30 hrs
Sustainable Financing for Climate Change
Global Trends on Green Finance by Mr Mohamed Rozani Mohamed Osman, Financial Sector Specialist, World Bank
Malaysia’s Green Finance Landscape for Climate Change by Ms Azreen Idayu Zainal, Deputy General Manager, Market & Products, Securities Commission Malaysia
Q&A Session
16:10 hrs
Tea Break
16:20 hrs
Community Livelihood and Disaster Management by Dato’ Dr Ahmad Faizal Perdaus, President of MERCY Malaysia
Q&A Session
16:55 hrs
Unlocking Home-Grown Innovations through Smart and Sustainable Cities with Enabling Policy Tools by Datuk Nik Ahmad Faizul bin Abd. Mallek, UNIDO Technical Advisor
Q&A Session
17:25 hrs
End of Day 2
08:00 hrs
Registration
08:30 hrs
Session 3.1 : Growth Drivers – Macro Context
Global and domestic macroeconomic developments would play a key role in determining Malaysia’s growth path and the country’s transition into a high-income economy. Over the past thirty years, there have been many one-off challenges and shocks that Malaysia has encountered which has affected the ability of the country to make the transition to a high-income country by 2020. These challenges include the Asian Financial Crisis in 1997, Global Financial Crisis in 2008, and the oil price shock in 2015. This session takes a look at the macroeconomic outlook and challenges going forward from a global, regional and domestic perspective.

Moderator : Dr. Richard Record, World Bank Lead Economist
Introduction by Moderator
08:40 hrs
Keynote on Global Economic Prospects – Finding the Silver Lining in the Darkening Skies by Dr. Ayhan Kose, Director-Prospects Group, World Bank
Q&A Session
09:15 hrs
Asian Economic Outlook by Mr. Thiam Hee Ng, Asian Development Bank
Q&A Session
09:50 hrs
Malaysia’s Economic Growth Outlook by Mr. Fraziali Ismail, Director of Economics Department, Bank Negara Malaysia
Q&A Session
10:20 hrs
Tea Break
10:30 hrs
Session 3.2 : Growth Enablers – Human Capital
Human capital is a critical enabler for driving and sustaining Malaysia’s economic growth. However, human capital development in Malaysia has traditionally focused on education and skills training. Now for the first time, a comprehensive framework for understanding and quantifying the full health, social, and economic value of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) is being developed to provide a broader socioeconomic justification for investing in SRH in Malaysia. This would also contribute towards addressing socio-demographic and population issues. This approach will serve to augment human capital development policies in the Twelfth Malaysia Plan in order to enhance economic growth, and for Malaysia to serve as an influential model to other countries.

Moderator : Ms Marcela Suazo, UNFPA Representative, Malaysia
Introduction by Moderator
10:40 hrs
The Human Capital Index – Measuring Productive Human Capital by Dr. Firas Raad, Country Manager-Malaysia, World Bank
Q&A Session
11:10 hrs
Integrated Planning Based on Socio-Demographic and Population Dynamic Trends by Ms Rashmi Dayalu, Harvard T.H.Chan School of Public Health
Q&A Session
11:40 hrs
Ageing Population in Malaysia – Way Forward by Professor Dato’ Dr. Tengku Aizan Hamid, Director of the Malaysian Research Institute on Ageing (MyAgeing), Universiti Putra Malaysia
Q&A Session
12:10 hrs
Gender
Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment 
by Ms Subhalakshmi Nandi, Director (Policy), International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), Asia Office
Promoting Economic Opportunities for Women by Ms Tan Mei Ling, Gender Focal Point-Malaysia, World Bank
Q&A Session
12:50 hrs
Lunch Break
14:00 hrs
Session 3.3 : Growth Enablers – Trade, Integration and Productivity
In the past, Malaysia’s economic growth had been largely driven by factor accumulation, both in labor and real capital stock. As factor accumulation slows, boosting productivity growth is essential for Malaysia to converge with high-income economies. The achievement of shared prosperity and inclusive growth depends on increasing labour productivity, which in turn depends on stronger human capital development. Accelerating productivity growth would also entail a commitment to boost investor confidence and to address market distortions resulting from unhealthy competition. This session looks at Malaysia’s challenges in the area of trade and competition, productivity and labour market.

Moderator : Dato' Mohd Razali Hussain, Director General, Malaysia Productivity Corporation
Introduction by Moderator
14:10 hrs
Trade and Development in an Age of Rising Uncertainty by Dr Massimiliano Cali, Senior Trade Economist, World Bank
Q&A Session
14:40 hrs
Malaysia’s Productivity Paradox and Long Term Growth by Dr. Young Eun Kim, Economist-Development Research Group, World Bank
Q&A Session
15:05 hrs
The Future of Work and Migrant Labour by Mr. Nilim Baruah, ILO Regional Specialist on Labour Migration
Q&A Session
15:25 hrs
Session 3.4 : Growth Enablers - The Digital Economy and IR4.0
The combination of technology, globalisation and demographics are increasingly altering the way the world works today. With it, businesses, individuals and governments have had to quickly respond and adapt to the inevitable wave of change that comes in the form of successive waves of IT revolution, an increasingly integrated global supply chain and the impact it has on the workforce. Billions of people are now connected by mobile devices, with unprecedented processing power, storage capacity, and access to knowledge that leads to countless possibilities. This session explores how the public and private sector can best navigate and take advantage of this ever-changing landscape.

Moderator : Mr. Shakib Ahmad Shakir, Deputy Secretary General (Policy), Ministry of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia
Introduction by Moderator
15:35 hrs
Keynote on Malaysia’s Digital Economy & Future by Ms Surina Shukri, Chief Executive Officer, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)
Q&A Session
16:05 hrs
Harnessing IR4.0 for Accelerated Progress by Mr. Sumana Rajarethnam, Director of Economic Intelligence Unit- Asia Pacific, UNDP
Q&A Session
16:35 hrs
Tea Break
16:45 hrs
Future Proofing Malaysia – Panel Discussion I
Digital Impact on Government, Industry and Society

Moderator : Ms Nadia Nivin, Governance & Institutional Reform Specialist, UNDP

Panellists:
i.   Tan Sri Dato’ Dzulkifli Abdul Razak, Rector of the International Islamic University Malaysia
ii.   Dr Suhazimah Dzazali, Deputy Director General (ICT), MAMPU
iii.  Mr Jaspreet Singh, Regional Technical Specialist, UNCDF
Q&A Session
17:35 hrs
Future Proofing Malaysia – Panel Discussion II
Digital Entrepreneurship

Moderator : Ms Smita Kuriakose, Senior Economist-Finance, Competiveness and Innovation, World Bank

Panellists:
i.   Mr Jamaludin Bujang, Managing Director Gobi Partners
ii.  Mr Sam Shafie, Founder of Pitch In and Watch Tower Friends
iii. Mr Aaron Kee, Chief Strategy Officer, Carsome
Q&A Session
18:20 hrs
End of Day 3
08:30 hrs
Registration
09:00 hrs
Session 4.1 : Financing Malaysia’s Growth
Malaysian economic policies in the medium term are expected to continue to balance the dual objectives of economic growth with fiscal sustainability amid the backdrop of an increasingly challenging economic environment and limited fiscal space. This session will discuss on the various external headwinds as well as the constraints facing public finance as Malaysia seeks to move forward with its agenda for sustainable and inclusive development.

Moderator : Ms Shakira Teh Sharifuddin, Economist, World Bank
Introduction by Moderator
09:10 hrs
Malaysia’s Long-Term Fiscal and Tax Challenges by Dr Souleymane Coulibaly, Program Leader, World Bank
Q&A Session
09:55 hrs
Panel Discussion I – Innovative Public Financing
Panellists:
i.   Dr. Nihat Gumus, UNDP Policy Specialist
ii.  Mr. Robert A. Boothe, Asian Development Bank
Q&A Session
10:30 hrs
Session 4.2 : Policy Tools
National development planning has always been a central feature of Malaysia’s economic policy-making that has contributed towards the impressive socio-economic achievements seen over the past decades. However, the planning-implementation gap still needs to be narrowed further and new policy tools need to be considered, including an inductive approach to policy making that combines insights from psychology, cognitive science, and social science with empirically-tested results to discover how humans actually make choices – also known as behavioural insight. This tool is expected to make its debut in the Twelfth Malaysia Plan.

Moderator : Dato’ Dr Noor Zari Hamat, Deputy Secretary General (Policy), Ministry of Economic Affairs
Introduction by Moderator
10:40 hrs
Behavioural Insights in Development Planning in Practice by Mr Luke Ravenscroft, Director, UK Behavioural Insight Team, Singapore Office
Q&A Session
11:25 hrs
Operationalizing Planning: Assessment of Malaysia’s Planning System by Mr G. Jeevakumar, Public Sector Management Specialist, World Bank
Q&A Session
11:50 hrs
Tea Break
12:05 hrs
Arrival of YB Deputy Minister, Ministry of Economic Affairs
12:10 hrs
Bringing It All Together – In Conversation with Malaysia’s Development Partners
Fireside Chat with:
i.    Ms Zakiah Jaafar, Deputy Secretary General (Macro), Ministry of Economic Affairs
ii.   Mr. Stefan Priesner, UN Resident Coordinator for Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei Darussalam
iii.  Dr. Firas Raad, World Bank Country Manager
12:55 hrs
Closing Remarks by YB Senator Dr Radzi Jidin, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Economic Affairs
13:15 hrs
Luncheon & End of Conference