Malaysia Training Providers Association (MATPA)
Suite C-13-6, 13th Floor, Wisma Goshen, Bangsar Trade Centre
59200  Kuala Lumpur.

Tel : 603 22844 148
Fax : 603 22844175

  Contact Person:    

Ms. Sarah Santiago (012 2170 610)

Mr RA.Thiagaraja (016 2151412)

Capt. Dr. Thirunavukkarasu Krishnasamy (012 277 7025)


April 13 – 16, 2017 - MoU Between BOLD and MATPA


On a recent trip to Dhaka in April 2017, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between MATPA (Malaysian Training Providers Association) and BOLD (Bangladesh Organization for Learning and Development), for collaborations in the broad areas of learning and development for mutual benefit. BOLD is the premier national-level think tank; it is a membership-based organisation for personal and professional development, and is a vital platform for human capital development in Bangladesh.

During the working visit from April 13 – 16, 2017, MATPA President, RA Thiagaraja and Vice President, Capt Dr Thirunavukkarasu Krishnasamy were warmly  received by BOLD President, Mr Quazi M Ahmed; Secretary General, and other BOLD fellow members upon their arrival at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, Dhaka.

April 14th was observed as a national holiday, as Bangladeshis celebrated the Bengali New Year. It was an opportune visit to immerse with the local culture and enjoy some traditional food!

April 15th – Collaboration strategies and processes were discussed with BOLD office bearers  in the morning, followed by a mini workshop conducted by Capt Dr Thiru

Mr Thiaga delivered a keynote address on “Human Capital Development – The Malaysian Journey:  Learning Challenges and Opportunities, “ at a roundtable discussion  on “Creating an Integrated Human Resources Development strategy for Bangladesh”. The roundtable was attended by BOLD members, industry and government representatives. The long-awaited MOU was signed at the end of the discussion, with an exchange of mementos between the parties, followed by a networking dinner organised by BOLD.

April 16th – Sunday is a working day in Bangladesh, with Friday designated as its one-day weekly rest day in many private enterprises in Bangladesh. The day kicked off with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) - an initiative of the Government of Bangladesh. Through its TVET Reform Project, the organisation’s goal is to ensure Bangladesh’s competitiveness in the global market and reduce poverty by improving the quality of skills training to enhance employability. Potential opportunities for Malaysian training providers to address such needs were explored.

Mr Thiaga and Capt Dr Thiru also had a fruitful meeting with the Malaysian Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce (MBCC), whereby key areas vital in moving the business environment forward, particularly pertaining to the human capital infrastructure, were highlighted.
Opportunities for Malaysian training providers to participate in the Bangladesh Trade Conference, held annually, were discussed. MATPA is currently seeking MATRADE’s assistance to leverage on this platform.`

A meeting was then held with the Ministry of Post, Telecommunications & IT representatives – a sharing initiative by the ICT Division under the purview of Digital Bangladesh, to highlight its roadmap of growth - establishing its broad strategic role in ICT development in Bangladesh, and upskilling opportunities for the Bangladesh workforce on ICT skills.

Bangladesh foresees a large number of new entrants to the workforce, and is keen to explore best practices and training initiatives in developing local talents and human capital, and make a major transformative impact across all strata of society.

MATPA extends its appreciation to BOLD for graciously hosting Mr Thiagaraja and Capt Dr Thiru throughout their stay in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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