EPF inks 2nd agreement with ITC-ILO

by S BIRRUNTHA / pic by TMR

THE Employees Provident Fund (EPF) has inked a second agreement with the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organisation (ITC-ILO) to strengthen the social protection landscape in Malaysia through robust knowledge transfer, technical training, and network-building across regions.

The first memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed by both parties on Aug 9, 2017 to develop and implement training activities in Malaysia and other countries in South-East Asia.

Through the initial collaboration, the EPF and the ITC-ILO co-organised three courses and training for a total of 159 participants. 

This latest agreement extends the cooperation and synergy between EPF and ITC-ILO for another three years.

EPF CEO Datuk Seri Amir Hamzah Azizan said the agreement will enable the federal statutory body to expand knowledge and tap into ITC-ILO’s expertise to provide training and development for all EPF employees, the ministries, and agencies, as well as other South-East Asian stakeholders in regards to social protection related issues.

He added that aside from building the EPF’s internal competencies, which include policies, operations and investments that will ultimately spill over to nation-building initiatives, this collaboration also aims to increase efficiency and position the EPF Learning Campus (ELC) as the subject matter expert and reference in the field of social protection.

“The scope of the EPF-ITC ILO partnership would be extended to include new areas such as designing and implementing customised training programmes in the field of social protection policy for stakeholders in Malaysia and pension experts in South-East Asia using conventional and digital platforms; providing regional courses being held at the ELC, and encouraging knowledge transfer, technical training and coaching from ITC-ILO experts to EPF employees and stakeholders, among others.

“This agreement is also expected to invite international experts to share their expertise with Malaysia and the region,” he noted after finalising the extension to the partnership between the EPF and ITC-ILO.

Meanwhile, ITC-ILO training department director Andreas Klemmer was confident that this MoU will strengthen its institutional relationships and contribute to the development of comprehensive social protection systems through digitally enhanced training activities within the region.

“We are pleased to announce the signing of the MoU between the EPF Board of Malaysia and International Training Centre of the ILO.

“We want to share with you the enthusiasm of our teams at the prospect of working more closely with EPF colleagues,” he said.

The ITC-ILO is the training arm of the ILO, a United Nations agency entrusted with promoting social justice, including internationally recognised human rights and labour standards. 

Established in 1964 in Turin, Italy, as an advanced vocational training institute, the ITC-ILO has since matured into providing high-level in-service training and runs more than 450 programmes and projects for a total of around 12,500 people from over 190 countries each year.