30 June 2013

Tanzania: Malaysian Prime Minister Brings 28 Companies to Dar es Salaam

MALAYSIA Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is leading a delegation of 28 companies expected to further promote Malaysia-Tanzania ties, investment and trade at the ongoing Global Smart Partnership Dialogue.

Najib is leading an over 100-member Malaysian delegation including Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Idris Jala and Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa and former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

The Malaysian exhibitions were toured by President Jakaya Kikwete yesterday. With the dialogue's theme of "Leveraging Technology for Africa's Socio-Economic Transformation", Najib is expected to share his transformation programmes to turn Malaysia into a high-income and developed nation by 2020 with the participants, on Saturday and Sunday.

He said Malaysia would also showcase its technology, products and services in the agriculture, ICT and energy sectors in an exhibition on the sidelines of the dialogue, at the same venue.

Among the items and sectors to be promoted are seedlings, tissue culture, biofertilisers, biopesticides, plantlets, animal husbandry, solid waste management, insurance and software, security software, smart card, smart school, power generation, oil and gas services, halal cleaning services, tertiary education, palm oil, chemicals, machinery and building materials.

"The African countries have high regard for Malaysia when it comes to development, as Malaysia's per capita income has reached about US$10,000 while their per capita income is still around US$1,500 although they gained independence at almost the same time as Malaysia did.

"They hope this region's development could leapfrog with some technological advancement," said Ismail. The Global Smart Partnership Dialogue was launched in 1995 when Malaysia hosted the first Langkawi International Dialogue (LID).

The dialogue serves as a platform for smart partners including heads of government, business leaders, scientists and academicians to meet and discuss ideas and experiences related to Science, Technology and Innovation.

In the last 18 years, the hosting of the dialogue alternated between Malaysia and countries in Africa with the dialogue in Africa last convened in Uganda in 2009 and the last LID held in Putrajaya in 2011.

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