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Statement by HE Deputy Minister Malaysia

Statement by HE Deputy Minister Malaysia

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 DEPUTY MINISTER, MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE ANDAGRO-BASED INDUSTRYMALAYSIAHis Excellency Mr. Theera WongsamutHonorable Minister of Agriculture of Thailand,Mr. Hiroyuki Konuma,Assistant Director General of FAO,Honorable Excellencies,Distinguished Delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen,
1. It is a great pleasure to express my gratitude and thankson behalf of my delegation to His Excellency The Minister of Agriculture Thailand, the Government and the FAOSecretariat, for a very warm reception and generoushospitality extended since our arrival, to the beautiful cityof Bangkok.
Excellencies, Distinguished Delegates, Ladies andGentlemenMalaysia Progress&Achievements
2. Malaysia has evolved from low-income country post-independence in 1957, currently as developing countryleading towards high-income country by the year 2020.Significant changes were seen when the country's
capita income in 1970 was only USD376 but in theyear 2012, our GDP was recorded at USD9,000 by theWorld Bank
. We are trying very hard to achieve thetargeted GDP of USD15,000 by the year 2020.3. In Malaysia, the political stability and economictransformation program by the current leadership make allthis possible. The Malaysia 5-year plan starting in 1966has bearing its fruits and we proud to note achievementsmade by many Malaysian women at the national andinternational level. We have a ministry specifically to lookafter Women, Family and Community Development. In1989, Malaysia adopted National Policy on Women withthe objective to ensure equitable sharing of resources anddevelopment of opportunities between man and women.Today, the country has more than 30% of policy makersamong women who are appointed to various importantposts such as Ministers, Secretary General of Ministries,Vice-Chancellor 
s, Defense Department, CEO’s
and evenour Governor of the Central Bank.4. I must say among the success factor in our country is thecontributions of women who plays the important part in our development. The total women workforce in Malaysia is47.9% and they make up
23.4% in the agriculture
. And as technology grows rapidly, so thus women'sparticipation which has become more towardsmechanization and latest technology that optimized mostof their time and effort. This allows them to spend morequality time for their family besides focusing on their career.5. For the past five decades, the Malaysian Government hasbeen actively involved in providing formal and non-formaleducation and training for women. We believe thatinvolvement of Knowledge-Worker in any sector will bringmore innovations and expedite any development. Thus,the outcome has been very encouraging. In the TertiaryEducation, female students made up
60% from the totalof 1.2 million students
. The Ministry of Agriculture hasalso introduced a number of programs targeting youngand educated generations, particularly women involved inagriculture through an initiative called the
Agropreneur Program and MyAgrosis which the membership nowreaches 10,000 people
covering the University studentsand the young. We believe that agriculture should beparticipate and lead by educated people who can bringinnovations and paradigm- change towards this sector.

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