Date: 18 Oct 2019
Time: 10.00 am - 11.30 am
Venue: ISEAS Seminar Room 2
About the Seminar
The Malaysia Economic Monitor (MEM) series is a long-running and high-impact publication of the World Bank, prepared in close partnership with the government of Malaysia. The publication comprises of two semi-annual reports, each structured around two parts; the first part looks at recent economic developments and the macroeconomic outlook, and the second part takes on a thematic topic that is of key importance to Malaysia's achievement of sustainable economic growth and shared prosperity.
The latest edition of the MEM, titled “Re-energizing the Public Service” talks about how the Malaysian public service can fully realize its potential by: investing in upgrading its human resources; encouraging and developing an open, transparent environment; and managing the impact of new and emerging trends, including technological innovations and digitalization. Building capacity and capability in the public service is vital for Malaysia’s successful transition to a high-income and developed nation.
About the Speakers
Richard Record is the Lead Economist for Malaysia in the World Bank Group’s Macroeconomics, Trade and Investment Global Practice. Based in Kuala Lumpur, he manages the Bank’s engagement on economic policy issues in Malaysia, including publication of the flagship Malaysia Economic Monitor and the report on Malaysia’s Digital Economy – A New Driver of Development. Richard has previously worked across a number of countries in the East Asia and Africa regions, managing programs on macroeconomics, trade and private sector development, including assignments based in Lilongwe, Vientiane and Hanoi. He holds bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees in economics respectively from the London School of Economics, the School of Oriental and African Studies and the University of Manchester.
Rajni Bajpai is a Lead Public Sector Specialist at the World Bank. In her current assignment, she manages the dialogue on Public Sector issues with the government and the Public Sector Performance outbound knowledge program at the World Bank’s Global Knowledge and Research Hub in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. With 25 years of experience in development, Rajni has worked on improving public sector performance (including issues of service delivery, local governance, budgetary and fiscal reforms, monitoring and evaluation, civil service, and public administration reform). Prior to relocating to Malaysia, she worked extensively with sub-national governments in South Asia. Rajni holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics and an MBA in Finance.