12 Jul 2013 11:19

JAKARTA, July 8 (Bernama) -- Malaysia and Indonesia on Monday agreed to exchange information and share experiences on programmes and activities undertaken by both countries on social welfare and community development.

Secretary-General of the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry, Datuk Seri Dr Noorul Ainur Mohd Nur said the activities would include the exchange visits to welfare and community-based institutions serving the needs of family, children, elderly persons and people with disabilities.

The purpose of these activities was to promote networking and strengthen cooperation for mutual benefits, she said in a statement after co-chairing the first Technical and Joint Working Group Meetings under the memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Malaysia and Indonesia in the fields of social welfare and community development here.

"We want to forge close ties between the two nations, its implementation, among others, concern issues on children and senior citizens, we look at volunteers or attachment of officers," she told a press conference after the meeting.

Dr Noorul Ainur had co-chaired the meeting with her Indonesian counterpart Toto Utomo. The meeting discussed and planned activities and programmes of collaboration between Malaysiia and Indonesia for the year 2013-2014, as a follow-up to the signing of the MoU in Putrajaya, on Dec 18 last year.



The secretary-general said both countries also agreed to organise and participate in training programmes to enhance capacity building and skills in the fielde of community development, particularly on income-generating activities, poverty alleviation and family development.

"Another activity indentified was to share expertise and knowledge on best practices in the field of social work, social service, community service and disaster risk management," she said.

Dr Noorul Ainur said that Malaysia and Indonesia would also organise and participate in workshops, seminars and conferences for the benefits of family, children and the elderly and persons with disabilities.

Today's meeting was also attended by officials from the Malaysian Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development, the Department of Social Welfare, the National Population and Family Development Board and the National Key Results Area Unit.