PM launches Malaysia Pro­duc­tiv­ity Blue­print

SIX ini­tia­tives in the plan un­der­pin the govern­ment‘s goal to trans­form Malaysia into a high-in­come na­tion by 2020.

New Straits Times - - Front Page - AZURA ABAS AND HASHINI KAVISHTRI KAN­NAN PU­TRA­JAYA news@nst.com.my

MALAYSIA has hit the ground run­ning to boost its pro­duc­tiv­ity with six key ini­tia­tives to be ex­e­cuted un­der the 11th Malaysia Plan (11MP).

Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak said this af­ter chair­ing the first Na­tional Pro­duc­tiv­ity Coun­cil tasked with su­per­vis­ing the coun­try’s Pro­duc­tiv­ity Agenda yes­ter­day.

He said an ef­fec­tive in­crease in pro­duc­tiv­ity would give the coun­try the foun­da­tion to spur sus­tain­able eco­nomic growth and re­alise its as­pi­ra­tion to be­come a high-in­come na­tion by 2020 as well as a top 20 na­tion by 2050.

The six ini­tia­tives were among 16 key ac­tiv­i­ties to be rolled out as na­tional-level in­cen­tives, and were out­lined in the Malaysia Pro­duc­tiv­ity Blue­print launched by Na­jib yes­ter­day.

Present were Chief Sec­re­tary to the Govern­ment Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa, Min­is­ter in the Prime Min­is­ter’s Depart­ment in charge of the Eco­nomic Plan­ning Unit (EPU) Datuk Seri Ab­dul Rah­man Dahlan and In­ter­na­tional Trade and In­dus­try Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Mustapa Mo­hamed.

The ini­tia­tives were to re­struc­ture and im­prove the man­age­ment of for­eign work­ers; en­cour­age adop­tion of 4th in­dus­try rev­o­lu­tion tech­nolo­gies; and, strengthen dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion among small and medium en­ter­prises.

Three other ini­tia­tives were to em­bed pro­duc­tiv­ity tar­gets for en­ter­prises into dis­burse­ment pro­cesses of new grants, in­cen­tives and soft loans; re­move non­tar­iff mea­sures im­ped­ing busi­ness growth and im­prove efficiency of the lo­gis­tics sec­tor; and, evolve the gover­nance model to drive game-chang­ing im­ple­men­ta­tion of the blue­print.

Na­jib said the blue­print was in line with the coun­try’s tar­get to achieve na­tional labour pro­duc­tiv­ity growth of 3.7 per cent per an­num by 2020 un­der the 11MP.

“Our per­for­mance so far is still lower than what we have tar­geted,” he said.

How­ever, he said the tar­get was achiev­able if the peo­ple were com­mit­ted and will­ing to work to­gether through cor­rect and strate­gic sup­port, ef­fec­tive ini­tia­tive and mon­i­tor­ing mech­a­nisms.

“I will take it upon my­self to com­mu­ni­cate di­rectly to all min­istries, agen­cies and the pri­vate sec­tor to de­ter­mine what should be done to achieve this high pro­duc­tiv­ity rate.

“This is to show that we are very se­ri­ous about ramp­ing up our pro­duc­tiv­ity.”

Na­jib said the coun­cil had also agreed to es­tab­lish three sec­tors of pro­duc­tiv­ity nexus — re­tail, food and bev­er­age; elec­tri­cal and elec­tronic; and, chem­i­cal prod­ucts.

“Each of the sec­tors will get a RM5 mil­lion launch grant to carry out ini­tial ac­tiv­i­ties with the hope that they can sus­tain them­selves in the fu­ture,” he said.

This will be fol­lowed by Phase 2 in Septem­ber for the sub­sec­tors of ma­chin­ery and equip­ment, tourism and agro food, while Phase 3, to be­gin in De­cem­ber, will fo­cus on in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tions tech­nol­ogy, pro­fes­sional ser­vices and pri­vate healthcare ser­vices, he added.

“Apart from the 16 ac­tion ini­tia­tives, the blue­print also out­lines five strate­gic thrusts com­pris­ing 10 na­tional ini­tia­tives and 43 sec­toral ini­tia­tives.

“The ex­e­cu­tion of the blue­print will be funded by at least 89 ex­ist­ing pro­grammes un­der the 11MP with an al­lo­ca­tion of RM9.5 bil­lion for 2017 to 2020.”

PIC BY MOHD FADLI HAMZAH

Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak re­ceiv­ing a copy of the Malaysia Pro­duc­tiv­ity Blue­print from Min­is­ter in the Prime Min­is­ter’s Depart­ment Datuk Seri Ab­dul Rah­man Dahlan at its launch in Pu­tra­jaya yes­ter­day. With them is In­ter­na­tional Trade and In­dus­try Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Mustapa Mo­hamed (right).

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