Development Policy Discussion : Navigating through Vision 2020, SDG 2030 & National Transformation 2050
Malaysia has had a long history of development policy planning with the most significant policy being the New Economic Policy which was a 30 year development plan from 1971 to 1990. Much has been written on the NEP and its impact. Over the years we have undertaken a systematic development planning approach as we are now in the Eleventh Malaysia Plan (2016- 2020).
Since 1991 the aspirations of Vision 2020 with its nine challenges has been the central guiding policy focus. However in recent months we have been bombarded in the media by two aspirational documents one is the 2030 global agenda of Sustainable Development Goals with its targets and indicators. The other is the most recent national dialogue process with young people which is coined TN2050. On this participatory process of 1.2 million youth it is said “what started as an idea has now become a national movement”.
What do we make of all these development policy endeavours? Are these just political exercises? Have these policies had an effective impact upon all sections of our society whether class, ethnicity, gender, age and locality? Is there a policy planning fatigue? Is this really enabling social cohesion and social mobility? Is it improving the daily lives of ordinary people?
ASLI-CPPS and the CSO-SDG Alliance is hosting a development policy discussion to review these developments from different perspectives and to make some sense of all these so as to ensure that “no one is left behind” as well as to ensure that these are not just mere chats but really grounded on policy review, analysis and data so as to ensure that all Malaysian will be able to experience a better quality of life now and in the future in a sustainable way.
Welcome address: Tan Sri Michael Yeoh, CEO, Asian Strategy & Leadership Institute (ASLI)
Overview Comments by:
Bird’s eye view of global development policies & United Nations perspectives towards a balance understanding of development, sustainability & human rights
Mr Stefan Priesner, Resident Coordinator UN in Malaysia
Bird’s eye view of policy planning & execution from 1970 to 2050- Setting the stage for discussions
Datuk Dr Denison Jayasooria, Principal Research Fellow, Institute of Ethnic Studies, UKM