The history of the Malaysian Technical Cooperation Programme (MTCP) dates as far back as the First Commonwealth Heads of States (CHOGM) meeting in Sydney in February 1978, where the idea was first conceived. The MTCP was officially launched on 7 September 1980 at the Commonwealth Heads of State Meeting in New Delhi, India, to signify Malaysia’s commitment to South-South cooperation, in particular Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries (TCDC).
In line with the spirit of South-South cooperation, the MTCP, which is a bilateral technical cooperation programme, shares development experiences with other developing countries. This “prosper-thy-neighbour” philosophy is the underlying basis for the MTCP. The Programme was first formulated based on the belief that the development of a country depends on the quality of its human resources. The programme provides various forms of technical cooperation in areas where Malaysia has the experience and expertise. The MTCP emphasizes the development of human resources through the provision of training in various areas which are essential for a country’s development such as public administration, agriculture, poverty alleviation, investment promotion, ICT, banking and English language.
The Economic Planning Unit, which is the national focal point for all technical cooperation, is responsible for the administration and coordination of MTCP activities. Since its inception, the MTCP has expanded in terms of its scope and coverage with the emphasis on the exchange of development experience. More than 2,000 participants from 138 member countries come to Malaysia annually under the MTCP. Currently the MTCP has a membership of about 19,687 (as of September 2008) alumni worldwide. About 150 short-term specialized courses are offered by the 53 MTCP training institutions, many of which are centres of excellence for training, with the aim of building human capital in other developing countries.
Since January 2010, the administration and coordination of MTCP activities have been taken over by MTCP Unit, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Objectives of MTCP
* To share development experience with other countries;
* To strengthen bilateral relations between Malaysia and other developing countries;
* To promote South-South Cooperation;
* To promote technical cooperation among developing countries.
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