The Strategic Planning and International Division (PSA) in the Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities (MPIC) is responsible for formulating, coordinating, and monitoring the implementation of policies and strategies that support the achievement of the Ministry's goals and vision. This division plays a crucial role in ensuring that every initiative and program carried out aligns with national objectives and the needs of the people.

This division consists of four main units, each with specific functions, including:

  1. Policy and Strategic Unit (DS)
  2. Cooperation and International Unit (AB)
  3. Coordination and Statistics Unit (PS)
  4. KPI and Bumiputera Empowerment Agenda Unit (KPI&PAB)

Additionally, the Planning and Strategic Division works closely with various stakeholders, including government agencies, the private sector, and civil society, to ensure a holistic and inclusive approach in policy planning and implementation. This approach is crucial to ensure that every decision made is based on accurate and comprehensive information, thus positively impacting the country's development.

With high dedication and commitment, this division will continue to strive to enhance the country's competitiveness through meticulous planning and robust strategies, in line with the aspirations of the Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities and the Government of Malaysia.

Policy and Strategic Unit (DS)

  • Formulation, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of policies, strategies, and action plans related to commodities, including the National Agribusiness Commodity Policy (DAKN), MPIC Strategic Plan, MPIC Retreats, and related matters.
  • Providing inputs related to the Agribusiness Commodity Sector for various Malaysian Plans, master plans, and national-level policies.
  • Secretariat for MPIC consultations with industry representatives and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
  • Coordination of planning, implementation, and monitoring of the Ministry’s Risk Management Plan and Good Regulatory Practices.
  • Providing inputs and coordinating MPIC's involvement in National Meetings/Committees/Councils related to national policies and sustainability agendas.
  • Coordination and preparation of MPIC reviews for Cabinet Memoranda/Notes related to national policies and sustainability agendas from other Ministries/Agencies.
  • Planning and setting policies/strategies related to the sustainability of the Agribusiness Commodity Sector, encompassing environmental elements, climate change, biodiversity, natural resources, and sustainable development.
  • Coordination of issues and preparation of inputs and feedback related to the sustainability of the Agribusiness Commodity Sector from other Ministries/Agencies.
  • Planning and coordinating MPIC's involvement in international conferences and meetings related to the sustainability agenda.

Cooperation and International Unit (AB)

  • Coordination of the country's stance on commodity-related issues in Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations.
  • Monitoring of commodity-related issues within FTAs that are currently being implemented.
  • Coordination of stances and issues related to commodities at the regional level.
  • Secretariat for Committees addressing commodity-related issues.
  • Coordination of the preparation of memoranda of understanding and international agreements on cooperation in the commodity sector.
  • Participation in multilateral and bilateral international meetings and negotiations related to commodities.
  • Preparation of Commodity Trade Briefs/Notes.
  • Coordination of economic/technical missions, annual working visits, and meetings for the Minister, Deputy Minister, and the Ministry's top management abroad.
  • Coordination of commodity-related issues in international organizations.
  • Coordination of scheduled meetings/official overseas duties for MPIC.

Coordination and Statistics Unit (PS)

  • Coordination of parliamentary affairs for the Ministry.
  • Coordination of Cabinet Meeting affairs for the Ministry.
  • Secretariat for Post-Cabinet Meetings/Top Management/Management Meetings.
  • Coordination related to Major Government Meetings managed by external parties to ensure the Ministry's inputs are delivered efficiently, accurately, and effectively. Major Government Meetings include:
    1. Meetings of the Chief Ministers and Chief Executives (MBKM);
    2. Meetings of the Chief Secretaries and Heads of Services (KSUKP);
    3. National Planning and Development Committee Meetings (JPPN);
    4. National Disaster Management Committee Meetings (JPBN); and
    5. Other meetings as directed.
  • Collection and dissemination of commodity statistical data.
  • Publication of the Commodity Statistics Book.
  • Coordination of data for the Ministry’s Commodity Database System (PDC).
  • Management of administrative affairs, human resources, finance, and service delivery quality to ensure smooth and effective division operations.

KPI and Bumiputera Empowerment Agenda Unit (KPI&PAB)

  • Coordinating and monitoring the Minister's KPI.
  • Coordinating and monitoring KPIs for the Top Management Public Service Officers (PPTPA) for Tier 1 (Chief Secretary), Tier 2 (Deputy Chief Secretary), Tier 3 (Senior Management) in the Ministry.
  • Coordinating the updates of the MyAspirasi and MyKPI systems.
  • Coordinating the preparation of the Minister's KPI Dictionary and PPTPA KPI.
  • Coordinating and monitoring the Ministry's Outcome Based Budgeting (OBB) KPIs.
  • Coordinating the updates of the MyResults system.
  • Implementing the functions of the Ministry's Bumiputera Economic Empowerment Unit (UPAB).
  • Coordination and implementation of policies, strategies, and programs related to Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).
  • Coordination and implementation of policies, strategies, and programs related to cooperative development.



  • What is Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC)?

NDC is a pledge by each Party to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate   Change (UNFCCC) to mitigate by reducing national greenhouse gas (GHG)   emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change as requested by the Paris   Agreement in 2015. As pledged in NDC, Malaysia is committed to reducing the GHG   emissions intensity of GDP by 45%   by 2030 relative to the emissions intensity of GDP in   2005. The agricommodity sector has been contributing towards achieving Malaysia’s NDC through the implementation of various mitigation programs and initiatives such as biodiesel program, biogas capture from palm oil mill effluent,   sustainable commodity certification schemes such as Malaysian Sustainable   Palm Oil   (MSPO) and Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS) as well as limiting the agricommodity’s cultivation area. 

  • How does the agricommodity sector contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the country?

The agricommodity sector contributes to the achievement of the SDGs of the country through the implementation of sustainable commodity certification schemes such as   Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) to achieve parts of   Goal   2 of the SDGs (Zero   Hunger) and Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme   (MTCS) to achieve parts of Goal 15  of the SDGs (Life on Land). The agricommodity sector also contributes to the annual growth rate of Gross Domestic   Products (GDP) of the country to achieve parts of Goal 8 of the SDGs   (Decent   Work and Economic Growth). 

  • What is RCEP

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is a proposed agreement between the member states of the   Association of   Southeast   Asian   Nations (ASEAN) and its free trade agreement (FTA)   partners. The pact aims to cover trade in goods and services,   intellectual property, etc.

The RCEP is an ASEAN driven initiative that aims to integrate economically the 16   countries in Asia and Oceania countries. The Leaders of the 16 RCEP   participating   countries agreed that RCEP shall involve broader and deeper   engagement with   significant improvements over existing ASEAN Free Trade   Agreements (FTAs) and   Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreements   CEPs) with these countries.

The RCEP negotiations are based on the Guiding Principles and Objectives for   Negotiating RCEP which was endorsed by the leaders at the time of launching the negotiations. The Guiding Principles are attached. 

  • When was RCEP introduced?

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership was introduced during the 19th   Asean meet held in November 2011. The RCEP negotiations were kick-started during the 21st ASEAN Summit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia in November 2012. The 16   participating countries are 10 ASEAN nations, Australia, China, Japan, Korea, India, and New Zealand. 

  • Why is RCEP important?

The 16 countries negotiating the RCEP together account for a third of the world's fross domestic product (GDP) and almost half the world’s population, with the combined GDPs of China and India alone making up more than half of that.   RCEP's share of the world economy could account for half of the estimated $0.5   quadrillion global (GDP, PPP) by 2050. 

  • What is the objective of RCEP?

RCEP aims to create an integrated market with 16 countries, making it easier for products and services of each of these countries to be available across this region.

The negotiations are focused on the following: Trade in goods and services,   investment, intellectual property, dispute settlement, e-commerce, small and medium enterprises, and economic cooperation. 

  • China's role in RCEP?

RCEP was pushed by Beijing in 2012 in order to counter another FTA that was in the works at the time: The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The US-led TPP excluded   China. However, in 2016 US   President Donald Trump withdrew his country from the   TPP. Since then, the RCEP has become a   major tool for China to counter the US   efforts to prevent trade with Beijing. 

  • Does the National Commodity Policy (NACP) the same as National Agrofood Policy (NAP)?

National Agricommodity Policy (NACP) and National Agrofood Policy (NAP) were developed after the national agriculture policy ended in 2010. NACP is inclusive of Policy and strategy thrust for agricommodity industry such as palm oil, rubber, timber, pepper, cocoa, and kenaf while NAP was developed specifically for agrofood industry such as poultry, crops, and fisheries.