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The Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) will be hosting a webinar on the 25th February 2021, 10:00 am – 12:00 am to answer this. The webinar will start by presenting the findings from IDEAS’ latest Policy Paper, ‘Paddy and Rice Sector Policy Roadmap: Towards Equity and Sustainability’, For five decades, the paddy and rice industry has been insulated from the external market through protectionist measures such as empowering a state trading enterprise or an STE with monopoly on import, price controls, subsidies and other regulatory measures. The outcome of such a policy is predictable, distortive market, allocative inefficiency and overall slow growth. Hence, how can we transform the paddy and rice industry in Malaysia into a more progressive, equitable and sustainable industry?

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