BACKGROUND

With the Eleventh Malaysia Plan, 2016-2020, coming to the end of its cycle, and with it closing the chapter on Vision 2020, the dawn of a new development era beckons with the Twelfth Malaysia Plan, 2021-2025, to pave the way for the post-2020 period. The Twelfth Plan will be the first of two Malaysia Plans to operationalise the efforts towards achieving the goals of the Shared Prosperity Initiative, recently announced by the Government. While the goal of becoming a developed, dynamic and prosperous country remains, it needs to be augmented with the need to ensure that the benefits of growth are continously shared and distributed fairly in a sustainable manner, ultimately leading to a decent standard of living for all Malaysians, irrespective of income group, ethnicity and geography.

In this spirit, the Twelfth Plan will identify the policies and strategies as well as initiatives and programmes that need to be undertaken. The current as well as emerging challenges and global trends will be taken into account in formulating the policies and strategies under the upcoming Plan. At the same time, new policy tools and valuable lessons gained from the experience of key development partners will be leveraged.

The Government, through the Economic Planning Unit, will collaborate closely with the United Nations Country Team in Malaysia and the World Bank to co-host the Twelfth Malaysia Plan Kick-Off Conference from 1–4 July 2019 at the Putrajaya Marriott Hotel. This conference will gather various experts and stakeholders from government ministries, state agencies, non-government organisations and public higher learning institutions as well as international experts from foreign governments and international multilateral organisations, to facilitate the sharing and exchange of views and insights in the effort to solicit new ideas for key issues and challenges under four broad themes.

The broad themes of the Conference, namely Economic Empowerment, Environmental Sustainability and Social Re-engineering as well as new Policy Tools, will be covered over four days in the form of panel discussions, presentations and keynote addresses by prominent speakers in their respective areas of expertise.

This Conference will be the first of several initiatives to engage experts and all stakeholders in the process of formulating the Twelfth Plan. It continues the long-held practice of extensive engagement with all segments of society to ensure that all views and concerns of stakeholders are taken into account, new ideas are explored and policy initiatives remain rakyat-centric.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

The Economic Planning Unit would like to thank the United Nations Country Team in Malaysia and the World Bank Group’s Knowledge & Research Hub in Malaysia for their valuable support and contribution in co-organising the Kick-Off Conference of the Twelfth Malaysia Plan. We would also like to thank the Asian Development Bank for contributing their expertise in this Conference. Our utmost appreciation to the moderators, speakers, panellists and participants from various foreign and domestic institutions, as well as the representatives from numerous government ministries and agencies, who have devoted their time and effort to be part of this event. Last but not least, thank you to the Twelfth Malaysia Plan Secretariat for their tireless and endless efforts in ensuring the success of this Conference.