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Extracted from Malaysia's Business Times,
21 January 2006

KL to host global human resource conference in August

Close to 3,000 participants worldwide are expected to attend the 35th series of the International Federation of Training & Development Organisation (IFTDO) 2006 conference and exhibition in Kuala Lumpur this year.

Kuala Lumpur won the bid to host the event, themed "Training and Education Harmonised", against contenders from the US, Australia and Canada, among others. The conference will be held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) from August 22 to 25.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is the Honorary Patron of IFTDO 2006. IFTDO is the sole global federation of organisations with members from human resource development (HRD) professionals and organisations representing the industry in their respective countries. Since 1972 it has organised annual world conferences boasting illustrious and thought-leading speakers of various industries to communicate and collaborate on ideas and visions to enhance the HRD profession.

The Kuala Lumpur conference will also be the first to be hosted by a university, in this case Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM). A memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed on Thursday between IFTDO and its strategic partners and sponsors for this year's event. IFTDO president Datuk Seri Prof Dr Ibrahim Abu Samah, who is also Vice-Chancellor of UiTM, signed on behalf of IFTDO.

The conference organiser is S.F.R. Consultants Sdn Bhd. The other partners and sponsors include the Malaysian Institute of Human Resources Management, Institute Bank-Bank Malaysia, New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd, Malaysia Airlines, PanGlobal Insurance Bhd, Fairs & Event Management Sdn Bhd, Personal Development Leadership, Specialist Management Resources Sdn Bhd and the KLCC.

In a statement, Ibrahim said UiTM will establish a permanent IFTDO-UiTM unit within the university to promote and support IFTDO's mission and vision for 2006 and beyond. "Our hope is to create and develop a centre of excellence for education and training at an international level in collaboration with IFTDO and other international bodies," he said.


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