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  Programme Schedule

Third International Conference on Social Protection 2017:
"Migration, Development and Social Welfare: Implications and New Insights"
10th – 11th October 2017
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Programme Schedule


Day 1 – Tuesday (10th October 2017)



Registration and Arrival of Participants

9.00am – 9.30am

Arrival of Guests of Honour

9.30am – 9.35am

Doa Recital

9.35am – 9.55am

Welcoming Address by Professor Datuk Dr. Awang Bulgiba Awang Mahmud, Acting Vice-Chancellor of University of Malaya (UM)

9.55am – 10.15am

Opening Remarks by Professor Tan Sri Zakri Abdul Hamid, Chairman, Board of Directors, UM

10.15am – 10.30am

Tea Break

10.30am – 11.30am

Keynote Lecture 1 – Retirement Migration: Global Trends
Professor Dr. Robert Holzmann,

Distinguished Research Fellow, SSRC, UM

Moderator: Datuk Dr. Norma Mansor, Director of SSRC

11.30am – 1.00pm

Session 1: Retirement Migration


Moderator: Dr. Halimah Awang, SSRC, UM


Paper 1: Challenges of Social Security Insurance for  Migrant Workers: Malaysian Perspective
Mr. John Riba Anak Marin, Deputy CEO, Social Security Organization (SOCSO)


Paper 2: Unilateral Measures Introduced by ASEAN countries to Extend Social Protection to their Migrant Workers Abroad: An Appraisal and Critique
Professor Dr. Marius Olivier, University of Western Australia


Paper 3: Portability of Social Security Benefits in Malaysia: The Need for Coordination between Malaysia and Labour-Sending Countries
Associate Professor Dr. Noorshuhadawati, International Islamic University of Malaysia

1.00pm – 2.15pm


2.15pm – 4.00pm

Session 2: Rural-Urban Migration

Moderator: Professor Dr. M. Niaz Asadullah, Faculty of Economics and Administration (FEA), UM


Paper 1: Push and Pull Factors of Rural-Urban Migration; an Empirical Study Focusing on North- West of Pakistan
Associate Professor Hidayat Ullah Khan, Department of Economics, Kohat University of Science & Technology, Pakistan

Paper 2: Factors Influencing Rural Migration in Sagaing Region, Myanmar
Dr. Thin Thin Oo, Defence Services Academy, Pyin oo Lwin, Mandalay Division, Myammar

Paper 3: Different Pathways Out of the Parental Homes In Eastern Visayas, Philippines: Evidence From Young Adult Fertility And Sexuality Study
Associate Professor Marlon B Raquel, Taguing City University, Philippines

Paper 4: Urbanization, Rural-urban Migration and Ethnic Diversification in Nepal: A Case of Kathmandu Valley
Professor Bhim Prasad Subedi, Tribhuvan University, Nepal

Paper 5: The Agricultural Input Productivity and Rural- Urban Migration in Myanmar (1965-2000)
Dr. Thin Thin Oo, Defence Services Academy, Pyin oo Lwin, Mandalay Division, Myammar

4.00pm – 4.15pm

Tea Break

4.15pm – 5.30pm

Session 3: Labour Market and Irregular / Illegal Migration

Moderator: Assoc. Professor Dr. Evelyn Devadason, FEA, UM


Paper 1: Challenges in social security access for labour migrants in the Pacific Alliance
Ms. Donna Cabrera, Latin America

Paper 2: Victims or suspects? Identifying and assisting potentially trafficked fishermen: a qualitative study with key stakeholders and first responders in Thailand
Ms. Nicola S Pocock, Department of Global Health & Development, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom

Paper 3: Effect of Labor Migration on Nepalese Economy: A study of impact of Remittance on macroeconomic indicators of Nepal
Ms. Shilu Pradhan, Nepal Administrative Staff College, Nepal


End of Session

8.00pm – 10.00pm

Welcoming Dinner


Day 2 – Wednesday (11th October 2017)


9.00am – 10.00am

Keynote Lecture 2 – Asia's Population Ageing: The Three Demographic Dividends
Professor Naohiro Ogawa, 
Holder of Old Age Financial Protection Chair, SSRC, FEA, UM

Moderator: Datuk Dr. Norma Mansor, Director of SSRC

10.00am – 11.15am

Session 4: Social Justice and Human Rights

Moderator: Professor Dr. Terence Gomez, FEA, UM


Paper 1: Social Protection Through Effective Housing Services and the Construction of Social Capital of the Poor in a Philippine City
Mr. Julius L. Porley, Colegio de San Juan de Letran Manila, Philippines


Paper 2: Pathways to Accessible, Affordable and Gender-Responsive Childcare Provision: The Case of Migrant Workers In Thailand
Dr. Prapaporn Tivayanond Mongkhonvanit, Social Policy & Development Programme, Faculty of Social Administration, Thammasat University, Thailand


Paper 3: Identifying the Nutritional Impact of the Child Grant in Nepal: Evidence from the Karnali Zone, Nepal
Mr. Tomoo Okubo, UNICEF

11.15am – 11.30am

Tea Break

11.30am – 1.00pm

Session 5: Education, Health and Social Protection

Moderator: TBC


Paper 1: Assessing Financial Literacy of Young Working Adults in Malaysia
Dr. Yong Chen Chen, 


Paper 2: Students’ motivation for abroad education: Expectations versus Reality. A Nepalese Perspective.
Ms. Shailaja Upadhyaya, Nepal Administrative Staff College, Nepal


Paper 3: An Explorative Study of Planning For Retirement Activities
Ms. Choo Siew Ming, FEA, UM

11.30am – 12.30pm
(Special Parallel Session)

Education Policy Forum
Keynote speaker: Professor Dr. M. Niaz Asadulah, FEA, UM

1.00pm – 2.15pm



2.15pm – 4.00pm


Session 6: Economics and Social Policy

Moderator: Assoc. Professor Dr. Chandran A/l Govindaraju, FEA, UM


Paper 1: Microinsurance and Social Protection in the Philippines: Addressing External and Internal Institutional Constraints
Ms. Maria Kristina Alinsunurin, Nagoya University, Japan

Paper 2: Institutional Arrangement of Information and Skill training for Labor Migrants: An Analysis in Context of Nepal
Ms. Anita Poudel, Nepal Administrative Staff College, Nepal

Paper 3: Towards Greater Financial Inclusion of Refugees in the Fourth Industrial Revolution: A Risk-sharing Based Islamic Financial Solution
Ms. Alaa Alaabed, Finocracy, Bahrain

Paper 4: Textile and Migration: The Role of Migrants’ in Kano Textile Production and Trade
Mr. Murtala Muhammad, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, UM

4.00pm – 4.15pm

Tea Break

4.15pm – 5.15pm

Keynote Lecture 3 – Social Protection Floor
Professor Dr. Michael Cichon, Honorary Professor in Social Protection, Graduate School of Governance, Maastricht University-United Nations University, Netherland

Moderator: Datuk Dr. Norma Mansor, Director of SSRC

5.15pm – 5.30pm

Conference Summation by Datuk Dr. Norma Mansor, Director of SSRC

5.30pm – 5.45pm

Closing Remarks by Professor Dr. Noor Azina Ismail, Dean of Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya


End of Conference


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