Joint Press Statement at the First Malaysia-South Africa Joint
Commission Meeting, Kuala Lumpur, 23 June 2004
The first Malaysia -South
Africa Joint Commission was held in Kuala Lumpur from 21-24 June 2005. The Malaysian
delegation was led by the Hon, Dato' Seri Syhed Hamid Albar, Minister of Foreign
Affairs, Malaysia, while the South African Delegation was led by Her Excellency
Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of South Africa.
She will also call on the Hon. Dato' Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Prime Minister
of Malaysia, on 24 June 2005.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia
in his opening remarks warmly welcomed the Minister of Foreign Affairs of South
Africa and members of her delegation to Malaysia. He also expressed his satisfaction
at the state of cooperation and relations between the two countries and stressed
the importance of the Joint Commission as a platform for Malaysia and South Africa
to review and take stock of the progress of bilateral relations and collaboration.
He also stated that the Joint Commission provides both sides with the opportunity
to consult and discuss strategies on how best to enhance and strengthen cooperation
and collaboration between Malaysia and South Africa.
The Foreign Minister
of South Africa, in her opening remarks, expressed her sincere gratitude towards
Malaysia for their exceptional hospitality in hosting the first JCM in Kuala Lumpur.
She also noted with appreciation Malaysia's support in bringing about democracy
in South Africa's democracy by brining major investments into the country. She
recognized the contribution made by the former Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun
Dr Mahathir Mohamad, in opposing apartheid South Africa and later promoting close
co-operation with the post-apartheid South Africa.
She also recognized the
importance of South-South co-operation in providing the impetus for a warm, friendly
and solid relationship. The Minister recognised the role of Malaysia as Chair
of the Non- Aligned Movement (NAM) and the Organisation of Islamic Conference
(IOC) under the pragmatic leadership of Prime Minster Dato' Seri Abdullah Ahmad
Badawi. She also stated that developing nations need to act collectively in confronting
international issues such as the reform of the United Nations and the Bretton
Woods institutions, the promotion of fair global trade regimes or any other multilateral
issues that hinder developing countries in their paths to sustainable economic
development, social justice and an equitable world order.
The First Malaysia-South
Africa Joint Commission Meeting was held in an atmosphere of friendship and cooperation.
Discussions were frank and open, reflecting the close relationships that exist
between the two countries. The Joint Commission reviewed the development and progress
in bilateral relations and cooperation and discussed various issues of mutual
interest as well as possible new areas of cooperation.
The Joint Commission
further discussed amongst others, issues of trade,k investment, double taxation
agreement, commodities, infrastructure, higher education, science and technology,
information/radio/television, tourism, transportation, oil and gas, technical
cooperation, defence and culture and sports between both countries.
Ministers concurred on the need for both sides to intensify further cooperation
and collaboration in the areas identified and encouraged each other to enhance
their participation in trade and investment. They also expressed the hope that
the private sectors of both countries continue to play and increase their role
in these endeavours.
Malaysia and South Africa agreed that the 2nd Malaysia-South
Africa Joint Commission Meeting would be held in South Africa on a date to be
mutually agreed upon by both countries.
Issued by Ronnie Mamoepa on 082
Department of Foreign Affairs
Private Bag X152