Putrajaya, 8 June 2015 – “Malaysia needs to drive STI for socio economic growth by intensifying creativity and innovation; strengthening market driven research and development, sourcing and diffusing new technology; developing and attracting talent; deepening awareness on STI and strengthening collaborations and partnerships”. The statement was made by Dato’ Sri Dr. Noorul Ainur Mohd. Nur, Secretary General of The Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) during her keynote address at the launching of the project “Promoting Social Inclusion Through Public Policies in Malaysia” which was held in conjunction with the Policy Initiation Workshop from 8 to 10 June 2015 in Everly Hotel Putrajaya.
In her speech, Dato’ Sri Dr. Noorul Ainur Mohd. Nur who is also the Vice President Asia Pacific Region of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Council (IGC) of the Management of Social Transformations Programme (MOST) for the period of 2013 to 2015, reaffirmed that the Malaysian Government is committed to embrace inclusiveness in the public policies in which inclusiveness was embedded as one of the strategic thrusts in the recently launched 11th Malaysia Plan. In addition, she also recorded appreciation to UNESCO for the assistance rendered to the Government of Malaysia particularly in uplifting the social well-being of the people through various activities that have been carried out throughout the nation.
The project which was designed by international partnership of UNESCO, UNESCAP and Trinity College Dublin in collaboration with national stakeholders especially MOSTI aims to help the government ensures that the public policies benefit everyone, including the disadvantaged and vulnerable groups in the country and contribute to equitable and sustainable development.
The three-day workshop was jointly organised by UNESCO and Institute of Malaysian and International Studies (IKMAS), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. The workshop provides opportunities for key players in social inclusion including international experts, policy makers, academia and civil societies to share experience with regard to the challenges faced in their countries as well as to deliberate on the existing policy interventions and approaches in promoting social inclusion.