Selangor Journal
Executive councillor for women empowerment and welfare Anfaal Saari speaking to the media at Mardhiyyah Hotel, Shah Alam on 26 October 2023. — Picture by  FIKRI YUSOF/SELANGORKINI

Selangor to launch five-year care economy action framework in April

By Selangor Journal Team 

SHAH ALAM, Nov 1 — The state government is set to roll out the Selangor Care Economy Action Framework 2024-2028 in April next year that will serve as a reference document for all stakeholders in the state pertaining to the care economy. 

The five-year policy will be the first of its kind in the country when it launches within the next six months. 

In a statement, executive councillor for women empowerment and welfare Anfaal Saari also announced that the state administration will establish a Selangor Care Economy Action Council in June the same year. 

Specifically, the council, which will be chaired by Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Amirudin Shari, will be responsible for planning, monitoring and providing the necessary input in relation to the care agenda. 

Anfaal said these initiatives are in line with the state government’s effort to further strengthen the care economy and position Selangor as the leader when it comes to this front. 

“This care agenda needs to be shouldered collectively by four core segments of the society, namely the government, private sector, families and communities. 

“This is aligned with the sustainable development goal number 5, which aims to recognise the care sector through infrastructure, social protection policies, and the promotion of shared responsibilities,” she said. 

Her statement comes following the conclusion of the two-day Selangor Care Economy Symposium 2023 yesterday, held for the first time in the state. 

It had focused on identifying issues, constraints and challenges from the perspective of caregivers, child care centres, the elderly, persons with disabilities, and abandoned patients. 

Over 100 stakeholders had participated in the symposium, including representatives from universities, government agencies, associations, local councils and industry players. 

Discussions primarily centred on seven main themes, namely law and policy; public health; quality and inclusivity; investment and economic impact; high-impact job opportunities; and advocacy and promotion.

During the symposium’s launch on Monday, Amirudin had said that the Selangor government is looking to draft a specific enactment to empower the women-dominated care economy sector.

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