ISWC 2021 to highlight social protection issues

THE Employees Provident Fund (EPF) will organise the ninth International Social Wellbeing Conference (ISWC 2021) from 23 to 24 November 2021 with the theme ‘The New Narrative: Turning the Tide on Inequality’.

The conference is aimed to continue creating awareness on social protection through the exchange of ideas and perspectives, and boost policy implementation, as well as inspire accountability among industry stakeholders.
ISWC 2021 will focus on the role of social protection in reducing inequality in its various forms, while highlighting the importance of addressing it to ensure an inclusive future for all.
It will be jointly organised by the Finance Ministry, the Implementation and Coordination Unit under Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), and the International Social Security Association (ISSA).
The two-day hybrid conference, which is organised in partnership with Maybank, BNP Paribas, BNY Mellon, and FWD Takaful Bhd will showcase keynotes and panel sessions with over 20 local and international speakers who will be sharing their insights on topics surrounding the issues of inequality which include income inequality, education and social inequality, disparities in healthcare, gender-responsive policies and the role of social protection in reducing inequality.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob is expected to launch the conference, while Minister of Finance Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz is expected to deliver the closing remarks for the event. 
The conference will feature Nobel Prize Winner, Professor Joseph Stiglitz and author of ‘Mission Economy’, Mariana Mazzucato. Among other renowned speakers include New York Times Best-selling Author, Nick Vujicic; Group Vice President of Marketing of GRAB, Cheryl Goh; Executive Director at Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO), Sumitra Visvanathan; and Chief Executive Officer of ProtectHealth, Dr Anas Alam Faizli. —TMR


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