Date: 21 Nov 2019
EPF's Social Well-Being Agenda Takes Off With ISWC 2019

•    World-renowned experts gather to address pressing social issues
•    Malaysia@Work launched to spark nationwide employment drive

KUALA LUMPUR, 21 November 2019:
 The Employees Provident Fund (EPF) convened the eighth International Social Well-being Conference 2019 (ISWC 2019) today. The annual event was officiated by the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. 

Also gracing the event together with Tun Dr Mahathir were Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Women, Family and Community Development Dato’ Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail; Minister of Finance Lim Guan Eng, Minister of Youth and Sports Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman and Deputy Minister of Human Resource, Dato' Mahfuz Haji Omar.

In his welcome speech, EPF Chairman Tan Sri Samsudin Osman said that the evolution of the ‘International Social Security Conference’ to ‘International Social Well-Being Conference’ reflected the necessary shift in focus to the longer-term, wider-ranging issues surrounding economic, environmental and civil issues requiring urgent attention.

With the theme, “Shaping Destiny - Between Hope and Extinction”, ISWC 2019 covered a multitude of well-being topics arising from real-world challenges, including the trust economy, talent strategies, ageing populations and defining happiness. 

Tan Sri Samsudin also said that the theme was chosen as a response to the broad global changes happening around us and a deep desire for urgency to act and shape destiny, in order to preserve our collective well-being and live meaningful lives.

He added that the EPF was cognizant of the challenges of operating in an unpredictable global landscape where people are living longer lives and therefore have to work longer in an increasingly competitive, digitally-driven workforce. 

Among the speakers at this year’s conference, co-organised by Amundi Asset Management and Aberdeen Standard Investments, was Dr Jane Goodall, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute. One of the world’s most prominent conservationists, Dr Jane speaks regularly on environmental crises, urging her audiences to recognise their responsibility and ability to effect change. 

Other speakers were Surina Shukri, Chief Executive Officer of the Malaysia Digital Economy Cooperation; Dzameer Dzulkifli, Founder of Teach for Malaysia; Malene Rydahl, Author of Happy as a Dane and FC, Co-founder and Head of Ethical Hacking, Cygenta, sharing their valuable insights and expertise in social well-being topics ranging from the digital economy to education.

The conference was also witness to the launch of Malaysia@Work, a Ministry of Finance initiative which was recently announced at the tabling of Belanjawan 2020. EPF is the appointed administrator of the RM6.5 billion hiring and wage incentive programme which is expected to create 350,000 jobs for Malaysians over the next five years. 

Targeting youth, women and 3D workers, Malaysia@Work consists of four pillars, Graduates@Work, Apprentice@Work, Women@Work and Locals@Work. The initiative will also see the active involvement of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Human Resources, Ministry of Youth and Sports and Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development, with the support of the rest of the Cabinet. 
Tan Sri Samsudin said that the EPF was honoured to be tasked with the administration of Malaysia@Work, which he described as being in line with the provident fund’s vision to help its members achieve a better future. 

“At the core of the Malaysia@Work programme is the creation of jobs with many long-term multiplier effects, which in turn supports EPF’s social well-being agenda for the country.”


Issued by the EPF Media Desk 
Corporate Affairs Department
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21 November 2019

About the Employees Provident Fund (EPF)

The Employees Provident Fund (EPF) is Malaysia’s premier retirement savings fund, helping its members achieve adequate savings for a comfortable retirement. This is in line with EPF’s vision to help members achieve a better future and its mission to safeguard members’ savings and deliver excellent services. The EPF has evolved significantly from a transaction-centric to a professional fund management organisation with a strong focus on retirement security. The EPF is guided by a robust and professional governance framework when making investment decisions. It continues to play a catalytic role in the nation’s economic growth and seeks to cultivate a savings and investment culture among its members to improve the country’s financial literacy level.