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5 March’16 – Malaysia Economic Monitor: Immigrant Labour

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Penang Institute together with the World Bank is proud to jointly organize the upcoming talk on Malaysia Economic Monitor: Immigrant Labour.

Date   :   5 March 2016
Time   :   9.30am – 12pm (Registration at 9am)
Venue :   Level 2, Jen Hotel, Penang

The Malaysian economy continued to grow in 2015 despite headwinds at home and abroad. Yet in an environment of continued low oil prices, uneven global recovery, normalization of US monetary policy and fiscal consolidation at home, the economic landscape has become more challenging and volatile.

The 13th edition – Immigrant Labour – describes the pattern of immigration to Malaysia and analyses the relevance of migrant labour in the Malaysian economy. Malaysia has the fourth number of migrants and the seventh highest ratio of migrants to total population in East Asia and Pacific. It provides analytical evidence of immigrant’s benefits and costs to the economy. It is also explores how existing policies compare to international good practices, and how they can best reinforce immigrant labour’s contribution towards achieving the goals identified in the 11th Malaysia Plan.

9.00am      Registration
9.30am    Welcome remarks by Dr.Lim Kim Hwa, CEO & Head of Economics, Penang Institute
9.40am      Opening Speech by YB Dr.Prof Ramasamy, Deputy Chief Minister II Penang
10.00am    Forum on “Malaysia Economic Monitor: Immigrant Labour”
                    Dr. Mauro Testaverde, Economist, Social Protection and Labour, World Bank
                    Dr. Ximena Del Carpio, Senior Economist, World Bank, Kaula Lumpur
                    Mr. Harry Moroz, Economist, World Bank, Kuala Lumpur
10.50am    Panel Discussion
11.30am    Q & A session
12.00pm   Adjournment & Lunch

As seats are limited, please register your interest below.
For further enquiries, please contact the secretariat at 04- 228 3306 or email to

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