Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to Pay Official Visit to South Africa, Tshwane, South Africa Monday, 25 - Wednesday, 27 July 2005

Tshwane - South African President Thabo Mbeki will host Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi for bilateral political and economic discussions at the Union Buildings in Tshwane on Tuesday, 26 July 2005.

Prime Minister Badawi will pay an official visit to South Africa from Monday - Wednesday, 25-27 July 2005. Prime Minister Badawi will be accompanied by the Ministers of Housing and Local Government, Works, Prime Minister's Department, International Trade and Industry, Tourism, Industry, Plantation and Commodities.

This visit comes in the context of South Africa's commitment to strengthen South-South co-operation bilaterally and through the fora of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), ASEAN and Africa-Asia co-operation (AASROC). In this regard, Malaysia is the current chair of NAM with South Africa and Cuba being members of the Troika in their capacities as former and incoming chairs.

South Africa is also committed to increasing South-South co-operation for increased market access, trade and investment in the interests of alleviating poverty and underdevelopment that is prevalent in both Africa and Asia. In this regard, the New Africa-Asia Strategic Partnership adopted at the conclusion of the Africa-Asia Summit in Indonesia in April 2005 highlighted that strong historical political relations between both regions should be translated into stronger economic co-operation.

President Mbeki will host Prime Minister Badawi for discussions at the Union Buildings on Tuesday, 26 July 2005. Issues on the agenda are expected to include, among others:

  • The status of bilateral political and economic relations between both countries;
  • Opportunities for increased African Union - ASEAN relations through the gateways of South Africa and Malaysia, as outlined in the Afro-Asian Strategic Partnership adopted at the end of the Africa-Asia Summit in Indonesia in April 2005;
  • President Mbeki is expected to brief Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on the outcomes of the recently concluded G-8 Summit and the implications for the agenda of the South;
  • The forthcoming Review of the Millennium Development Summit in New York from 14-16 September and the 60th Session of the United Nations General Assembly where the comprehensive reform of the United Nations and all its institutions will be high on the agenda;
  • Developments within the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) as Malaysia is the current chair and South Africa the former. Preparations for the next Summit to be hosted by Cuba will be reviewed; and
  • Progress in the achievement of the African Union through the operationalisation of the institutions of the African Union (AU) and the implementation of NEPAD.

While in South Africa, Prime Minister Badawi is also expected to visit Freedom Park, interact with South African captains of industry at a Business Forum in Sandton, officially open the Club House at the Blue Valley Golf and Country Club in Midrand and interact with members of the Malaysian diaspora based in South Africa.

Bilateral Trade Relations (ZA Rand'000) (Source: DTI)


YearSA Exports SA ImportsTotal Trade

Apart from an agreement on the establishment of diplomatic relations and an air services agreement, South Africa and Malaysia signed a Trade Agreement as well as a Shipping Agreement in 1997. An Economic, Technical, Scientific and Cultural Co-operation Agreement, inter alia providing for a Joint Ministerial Commission (JMC) on Economic, Technical, Scientific and Cultural Co-operation, was signed during the State Visit to Malaysia by President Mbeki at the beginning of September 2003.

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