KOTA KINABALU: The Malaysian Technical Cooperation Programme (MTCP), a joint effort between GIATMARA of Malaysia with the Thailand International Cooperation Agency (TICA), and the Ministry of Labour of Thailand will continue with its South-South cooperation, with special collaboration from Southern Border Province Administration Centre (SBPAC).
“The objective of MTCP is to share development experience with other countries, strengthening bilateral relations between Malaysia and other countries, and to promote technical cooperation among developing countries,” the chairman of GIATMARA Malaysia, YB Dato’ Dr. Hj. Jaujan Hj. Sambakong said in his speech during the MTCP Thailand Trainee Handover Ceremony, today.
According to him, since the commencement of MTCP by Malaysia and Thailand in 1980 in India, more than 2000 participants from over 138 member countries head to Malaysia annually, with membership of over 25 thousand alumni worldwide.
“About 150 short-term specialized courses are offered by the 53 MTCP training institutions,” he added. “Many of which are centres of excellence for training, with the aim of building human capital in other developing countries.”
Under the MTCP, there are 24 new trainees sent by the Thailand government this year to train in various areas such as public administration, agriculture, poverty alleviation, investment promotion, ICT, banking and English language.
The trainees will be sent to GIATMARA centres located in Kelantan specialising in Interior Design & Furniture and also to Negeri Sembilan, Melaka, and Johor to utilise the Iskandar Development Project, as well as to undergo On the Job Training Programme (OJT Program) for three months at various local Malaysian enterprises.
“The trainees will be provided with basic tool kits in the near future as part of the training package, conversions from skills to entrepreneurship upon completion of their training to enable them to start their own businesses in Thailand,” he said during the event held at the MARA building in Kuala Lumpur.
The MTCP programmes for 2015 involving Thailand also include more activities to accommodate all their necessities , he added.
He urged those concerned to grab available opportunities is it will assure the enhancement of their standard of living and therefore contribute to their country’s economy.-Sayangsabah