PRAXIS is ISIS Malaysia’s flagship conference directed at policymakers and decision-makers. Its central tenet is translating theory and knowledge into practice. We do this by shaping and developing better policy ideas towards actionable solutions.

This year’s theme, Advancing Malaysia’s Strategic Interests, explores the unprecedented challenges that our nation faces as we commemorate the 60th anniversary of its formation.

As an open trading economy, Malaysia must meet these challenges to safeguard itself. PRAXIS 2023 delves into four pressing challenges to nation-building, development and wellbeing, including food security, the care economy, semiconductor industry and climate resilience. Join us and be part of the policymaking process.


Welcoming and closing remarks by Prof Dr Mohd Faiz Abdullah, ISIS Malaysia chairman, and keynote addresses by YB Dato’ Sri Hajah Nancy Shukri, Minister of Women, Family and Community Development, and YB Nik Nazmi bin Nik Ahmad, Minister of Natural Resources, Environment and Climate Change.

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Tuesday, 24 October 2023

Participant registration and arrival Foyer, Sentral Ballroom, Level 6
Welcoming remarks by Prof Dr Mohd Faiz Abdullah Chairman of ISIS Malaysia
Keynote address by YB Dato’ Sri Hajah Nancy Shukri Minister of Women, Family and Community Development
Session 1: Feeding the world, fortifying food security Economic security

Malaysia’s long-term food security requires a comprehensive reimagining to better reflect its comparative strengths and abundance. By leveraging systems-based solutions grounded in intricate supply chains, interconnected trading networks and multilateral frameworks, Malaysia can put forward a “We Feed the World” narrative that better reflects its contribution towards global food security while ensuring its own. This session examines what is needed to drive this narrative forward, and how Malaysia can better fortify food security for the nation and across the globe. 

Session 2: Building a cradle-to-grave care economy Social security

As Malaysia confronts the challenges of a rapidly aging population and a diminishing workforce, it faces an urgent need to build a robust social infrastructure ecosystem. By establishing a cradle-to-grave care economy, Malaysia stands to benefit from early action that will reduce care burdens on women, sustain labour supply, bolster economic growth, while reducing pressure on social welfare systems. This session delves into the fundamentals for a more comprehensive vision of social protection – one where care services are included as a key pillar of economic opportunity and social support for families. 

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Lunch Vasco’s, Lobby
Session 3: Cultivating Malaysia’s semiconductor ecosystem Technology security

The global semiconductor supply chain is increasingly fraught with geostrategic considerations. Among others, home-shoring and friend-shoring initiatives; greater incentive and investment policies to deepen domestic capabilities; and the implementation of export controls of key technologies that threaten to bifurcate supply chains. This raises the question of how Malaysia’s semiconductor industry should react and position itself, given the country’s ambitions to grow the industry and to generate high-skilled employment opportunities. This session explores the opportunities and risks arising from geostrategic considerations and the feasibility of Malaysia moving into other areas of the value chain. 

Keynote address by YB Nik Nazmi bin Nik Ahmad Minister of Natural Resources, Environment and Climate Change
Session 4: Shaping a nature-positive economy for prosperity Environmental security

Malaysia’s wealth of biodiversity and natural resources presents a unique opportunity to mitigate climate change concerns while fostering equitable wealth generation for the people. By pursuing nature-based solutions aimed at restoring, protecting, and enhancing native ecosystems, the nature positive economy (NPE) model promises to spearhead mitigation strategies at the national and state levels. This session imagines a Malaysia which establishes itself as a leader in facilitating conservation financing through market-based approaches  toharmonise economic growth and environmental preservation.

Closing remarks by Prof Dr Mohd Faiz Abdullah Chairman of ISIS Malaysia


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