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  MEMORANDUM OF COLLABORATION SIGNING CEREMONY MIDA AND ITEES FOR THE TRAIN-THE-TRAINER (TTT) PROGRAMME SPEECH BY YBHG. DATO' AZMAN MAHMUD CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF MIDA 16 MARCH, JOHOR SKILLS DEVELOPMENT CENTRE, 3.45PM

Friday 17/03/2017



Acknowledgement
 
Mr. Benedict Cheong
Chief Executive, Temasek Foundation International, Singapore
 
Mr Bruce Poh
Chief Executive Officer, Institute of Technical Education Services (ITEES)
 
Mr Yeoh Keat Chuan
Managing Director, Economic Development Board (EDB), Singapore
 
Distinguished Guests
 
Members of Media
 
Ladies and Gentlemen,
 
Good afternoon, and a very warm welcome to all of you here. Thank you joining us today (16 March 2017) to witness the signing ceremony of MIDA and ITEES Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) for the ‘Train-the-Trainer’ Programme.
 
We are very pleased to receive the generous support from Temasek Foundation International (TFI) in funding this programme. I would also like to express my sincere appreciation to the Economic Development Board (EDB) of Singapore for their continuous cooperation.
 
This joint effort and development exercise, focusing specifically on developing skilled talents in high technology industries, will establish common ground for further cooperation between Malaysia and Singapore. The signing of this MoC serves as a sustainable long-term solution that will ultimately encourage the growth of the investment ecosystem in both our countries.
 
Ladies and Gentlemen,
 
We live in a more inter-connected and inter-dependent world today. Global trends indicate that demand for resources, and tackling global developments will require more international cooperation. As a diversified trading nation, Malaysia is extending its network of connections by building more mutually beneficial relationships with other economies. Malaysia is adopting a complementary approach in attracting investments in the region.
 
Towards this, MIDA, as the nation’s principal investment promotion agency has been working closely with our counterparts in other countries, including EDB Singapore in attracting investments into the region. Both agencies are part of the Industrial Cooperation Working Group (ICWG) that was formed in 2013 under the Malaysia-Singapore Joint Ministerial Committee for Iskandar Malaysia. It serves as a working group to promote and coordinate the development of industrial and services activities between Iskandar Malaysia and Singapore, with a focus on existing economic clusters and new growth areas. The priority industries identified in this joint effort are advanced materials engineering, electrical and electronics (E&E), food and creative services.
 
During one of the ICWG meetings in 2015, the Committee agreed to explore the upskilling of labour in Johor to support Malaysian and Singapore-based investors in this state. It was identified that both the precision engineering and advanced machinists industries require an urgent demand for talent. After several meetings, I am happy that our efforts have come to fruition with the commencement of the programme today (16 March 2017).
 
For a start, a total of 24 trainers from 7 local Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions will undergo intensive training at the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) in Singapore. These trainers, who will be exposed to the use of the latest precision machinery and technical software, will in turn train another 70 trainers, through a series of ‘Post-training Sharing Workshops’.
 
By providing additional skills that meet the requirements of stringent international standards, we trust that this upskilling programme will also raise the technical competency of other TVET personnel in Johor. Furthermore, upon completion, this programme can also be used as a positive benchmark for similar initiatives in other technical competencies.
 
Ladies and Gentlemen,
 
Today’s collaboration is a positive model of how agencies and institutions from both countries can work together to boost the business environment in Singapore and Malaysia. This significant milestone reflects the spirit of ASEAN in capitalising regional synergies to promote intra-regional trade and investments.
 
On that note, I would like to once again thank all of you for being here with us this afternoon (16 March 2017). Have a good day ahead.
 
Thank you.

SOURCE : Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA)

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