MPC: Regulators, entrepreneurs must work together in adapting to new norms

by NUR HAZIQAH A MALEK / pic by TMR FILE

REGULATORS and entrepreneurs must work together in handling and adapting to the new norms in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, Malaysia Productivity Corp (MPC) said.

MPC DG Datuk Abdul Latif Abu Seman cited the success of the #MyMudah Programme implemented through various online platforms since it was launched on July 21, 2020, saying the response has been encouraging.

“As a result, three regulatory issues have been resolved such as; expedite technical approval of completed construction projects, removal of issuance of export permits imposed on 524 agro-food product codes and extension of poultry licence from one to five years.

“These initiatives reduced business compliance costs, created more jobs and stimulated the economy,” he said after the second session of the 6th Asean-Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Good Regulatory Practice Network meeting.

In addition, he highlighted that a lot can be learned from the experiences of Asean and OECD countries in utilising digital technologies for smart service delivery during the pandemic.

Among the various platforms he elaborated on that are available include the Unified Public Consultation (UPC) portal to register regulatory issues by businesses; one-to-one Business Regulation Virtual Advisory Clinics to address various issues, webinars on regulatory burden issues featuring thought trade associations and industry practitioners, Virtual Round Table Discussion to identify regulatory issues faced by the industries and others.

The meeting themed “Leveraging Digital Tools for More Agile Regulatory Policymaking” was held via Zoom in the listening rooms of Asean and OECD member countries, attended by over 200 government officials and representatives from the private sectors.

The second session focused on how digital technologies are supporting the government’s Covid-19 response, how it works in making faster decisions and providing leverage for a responsive government while also discussing challenges in the longer term.

The Asean-OECD meeting has been co-chaired by Malaysia and New Zealand since 2015.

This year’s meeting was held virtually for the first time through a series of three webinars that focused on the theme “Better Regulation for Post Covid-19 Recovery”, organised in collaboration with this year’s host, Vietnam.