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Penang, 1 June 2023 – Human Resource Development Corporation (HRD Corp) organised the official launch of its National Human Capital Conference & Exhibition (NHCCE) 2023 – Northern Region today. The ceremony was jointly officiated by Yang Amat Berhormat Tuan Chow Kon Yeow, Chief Minister of Penang and Yang Berhormat Tuan V. Sivakumar, Minister of Human Resources.

Organised in partnership with the Penang Skills Development Centre (PSDC), the NHCCE 2023 – Northern Region is taking place between 31 May and 1 June at the Setia SPICE Convention Centre, Bayan Lepas. It is the first stop for the regional series of the NHCCE 2023 by HRD Corp, following the encouraging response to the NHCCE 2022 held in Kuala Lumpur last year.

Themed ‘HR 5.0: The Next Evolution in Human Resource Development’, NHCCE
2023 – Northern Region featured five discussion tracks aimed at equipping leaders, industry players, senior management, HR practitioners, and working professionals with the skills and knowledge to champion the implementation of human capital transformation initiatives in their respective organisations. These have been curated for the local audience with a specific focus on the challenges and opportunities faced by industry players in the northern states.

The conference featured 23 renowned local and international speakers and subject matter experts such as Aireen Omar, the President of Investment & Ventures at Capital A (formerly AirAsia) Berhad, Rohit Kalsy, the Head of Emerging Markets, Southeast Asia for LinkedIn as well as Dato’ Seri Wong Siew Hai, President of the Malaysian Semiconductor Industry Association, among others.

NHCCE 2023 – Northern Region also showcased 50 exhibitors from various leading organisations, including TNG Digital, Cybersecurity Malaysia, PWC Malaysia, Malaysian Employers Federation and Fusionex Academy. The conference itself drew close to 800 delegates from Penang, Perak, Kedah and Perlis.

Yang Amat Berhormat Tuan Chow Kon Yeow said, “Penang’s approved manufacturing investment reached RM13.7 billion in 2022 and is expected to
create over 15,000 jobs in the next few years. While such investments place Penang and the northern states in good stead, we need a strong, dynamic and
agile workforce and talent pool to fill these new jobs and sustain these investments long-term.”

The Chief Minister also believed that NHCCE 2023 – Northern Region is an excellent platform for government representatives, academia, industry players, and working professionals to discuss and identify innovative approaches that will enable them to strengthen their workforce and human capital development efforts to support Penang’s FDI growth momentum.

Yang Berhormat Tuan V. Sivakumar said, “I congratulate HRD Corp for responding to the requests of Malaysian industry players and community representatives by introducing the NHCCE regional series this year, which brings the conference to various locations as desired. The Ministry is pleased to support this initiative, as it provides our talents and workforce with valuable personal and professional development opportunities within a sustainable and future-oriented framework.”

He also added that the industry’s strong interest in the conference is encouraging for the nation’s human capital development and aligns with Malaysia’s MADANI concept of fulfilling the potential of the people and the country and creating a peaceful and prosperous future.

Following the NHCCE 2023 – Northern Region, HRD Corp will be organising the NHCCE – Borneo Region in Sabah this 4 & 5 July and the NHCCE – Southern Region in Johor. This will culminate in the NHCCE 2023 in Kuala Lumpur in October.

For more information on NHCCE 2023 – Northern Region and the other upcoming NHCCE regional series, please visit