DPM: TN50 can guide youth

New Straits Times - - News -

MALACCA: Youth in Malaysia have the Trans­for­ma­tion 2050 or TN50 pol­icy to guide them as they face new emerg­ing global trends that could make or break the coun­try.

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi said TN50 was an am­bi­tious plan that aimed to trans­form the na­tion.

“TN50 is the first of its kind of a bot­tom-up con­sul­ta­tion process that will take into con­sid­er­a­tion the de­mands and as­pi­ra­tions of ev­ery sec­tor of the com­mu­nity,” he said at the open­ing cer­e­mony of Asia Ur­ban Youth Assem­bly in con­junc­tion with the 17th Con­ven­tion of Malacca Twin Cities 2017.

“Only through ded­i­ca­tion and co­op­er­a­tion can we con­quer our own fu­ture. In­put from youth is cer­tainly cru­cial as they are the even­tual own­ers and ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the plan come 2050.”

Zahid said the main global trend they would face was the shrink­ing work­ing-age pop­u­la­tion in wealthy coun­tries such as China and Rus­sia. It would also go in tan­dem with the grow­ing work­ing-age pop­u­la­tion in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries in Africa and South Asia, he said.

“Africa with fer­til­ity rates dou­ble of those of the rest of the world and parts of Asia are on course for their work­ing-age pop­u­la­tions to soar.

“This could lead to eco­nomic progress or dis­as­ter de­pend­ing on how well their gov­ern­ments and so­ci­eties boost in­vest­ment in ed­u­ca­tion in­fra­struc­ture.”

Present were Ur­ban Well­be­ing, Hous­ing and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Deputy Min­is­ter Datuk Hal­imah Mo­hamed Sadique, Malacca Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Idris Haron and Malacca His­tor­i­cal City Coun­cil mayor Datuk Zainal Hussin.

The four-day con­fer­ence, which be­gan on Satur­day, saw 300 del­e­gates from 22 coun­tries.

Zahid said the sec­ond global trend was the shift­ing world econ­omy while the third was chang­ing cli­mate en­vi­ron­ment and health is­sues.

“A range of global haz­ards poses im­mi­nent and long-term threats that will re­quire col­lec­tive ac­tion to ad­dress even as co­op­er­a­tion be­comes harder.”

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