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International Population Conference on Migration, Urbanization and Development

[ admin ] [ 10-07-2013 ]
International Population Conference on Migration, Urbanization and Development
On the 8th July 2013, conjunction with the celebration of World Population Day 2013, the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development through the National Population and Family Development Board (NPFDB) and Population Studies Unit, Faculty of Economics and Administration, Universiti Malaya (UM) have organized an International Population Conference, themed Migration, Urbanization and Development at UM.

This one-day conference brings together a total of 10 experts in the field of demography and development of the United States, Australia, Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia. Papers presented covered areas and flow of migration trends; impact of migration on urbanization and development, and strategy and policy in the root issue of migration so that benefits are maximized and disadvantages minimized.

Among the presenters are Professor. Graeme Hugo, University of Adelaide, Australia; Assoc. Charles Hirschman, University of Washington, USA; Dr.. Yap Mui Teng, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapora, and Associate Professor. Dr.. Tey Nai Peng from UM.

The opening ceremony of the conference attended by nearly 200 participants was presented by YB Datuk Hajjah Azizah Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Mohd Dun, Deputy Minister of Women, Family and Community Development. Also present was Dr. Hj Nor Edzan. Che Nasir, Chief Librarian, UM, Dr. Anjli Doshi Gandi, Deputy Director General (Policy), NPFDB and Assoc. Dr.. Rajah Rasiah, Acting Dean, Faculty of Economics and Administration, UM.

Touching on migration, Datuk Hajjah Azizah said in her speech "in 2011 more than half (52%) or 3.5 billion people in the world according to data residing in urban areas of the United Nations Organisation. This number is expected to increase to 6.3 billion by 2050. In Malaysia, for 2010, nearly 7 out of every 10 people living in urban areas. "

"Migration is often associated with searching for jobs and better education; pursue individual ambitions; out of poverty, and improve quality of life," he added.

While Dr. Nor Edzan said "following the conference, a discussion between the organizers and presenters will be held to explore cooperation opportunities can be established as a result of the findings of this conference."

Such a conference is organized by the third time the two institutions. Existing cooperation between UM and NPFDB further strengthened with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote and conduct research and population, family and reproductive health development which was signed in April.

At the same event, Datuk Hajjah Azizah also presented prizes to 16 winners of Photography 2012 Population Day celebration organized by NPFDB in collaboration with the Multimedia University and Canon (M) Sdn. Limited

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