President Jacob Zuma arrived in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Sunday for an official visit coinciding with the 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations between South Africa and the south-east Asian country.
Zuma's visit would boost cooperation in business, trade and investment between the two countries, as well as promote South Africa as a destination for Malaysian tourism and investment, the Presidency said on Sunday.
The South African-Malaysian Business Forum will meet during Zuma's visit.
Malaysia remains the largest investor in South Africa from south-east Asia through Malaysian companies such as Petronas and the Golden Hope Group. South African companies Denel, Nando's, Sasol and Sanlam also have offices in Malaysia.
"South Africa wishes to see further Malaysian investments in South Africa," the Presidency said in a statement.
"South Africa wishes to explore cooperation in public enterprises skills development, energy science, technology and innovation as well as defence."
The visit will also build on existing ties in education, culture, art and sport.
Since 1994, Malaysia has helped more than 300 South Africans in studies ranging from short courses to full scholarships for degrees in engineering and information technology.
A number of South African universities have signed memorandums of understanding with their Malaysian counterparts.
During his visit, Zuma will be awarded an honorary doctorate in leadership by Limkokwing University, while Nelson Mandela will be honoured with a Lifetime Award for Global Peace from the Mahathir Global Peace Foundation. Zuma will receive the award on Mandela's behalf.
Zuma is being accompanied by Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Minister Collins Chabane, International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies, Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba, Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom, and Energy Minister Ben Martins.