Malaysia Decent Work Country Programme

Promoting decent work for sustainable development

The Malaysia Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP) 2019–20 provides a framework for the first of two phases of structured cooperation between the ILO, the Government of Malaysia, the Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) and the Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC).

The formulation of the DWCP followed an initial dialogue between the ILO and representatives of the Government of Malaysia, the MEF and the MTUC since 2017. It was agreed that such a framework was necessary to:
(1) ensure alignment of ILO support to the Eleventh Malaysian Plan (2016–21);
(2) increase ILO engagement in Malaysia; (3) strengthen coherence and coordination across and between ILO activities in Malaysia; and
(4) support Malaysia’s implementation of the SDGs.

The DWCP’s goal is to promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all. And the three country priorities are:
Priority 1: Rights at work – Protecting and promoting rights at work;
Priority 2: Future of work – Strengthening national capacities to meet the needs of current and future of work; and
Priority 3: Labour migration – Strengthening labour migration governance.

The Memorandum of Understanding of the DWCP was signed between the ILO and the tripartite partners on 19 June 2019 in Geneva.