Sunday, March 1, 2009

Malaysia To Enhance Political, Economic Ties With African Nations - Datuk Jamaludin Jarjis

Malaysia hopes to enhance political and economic ties with African nations at the Southern Africa International Dialogue (SAID), Datuk Jamaluddin Jarjis said Tuesday night.

Jamaludin Mohd Jarjis said the three-day dialogue beginning Wednesday in Maseru, Lesotho, was an important platform for Malaysia to enhance its political ties with African states.

The close ties between Malaysia and African countries were important in view of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's capacity as Chairman of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), Jamaludin Jrjis told Bernama when contacted in Maseru. Abdullah left for Lesotho Tuesday.

Malaysia, Datuk Seri Dr Jamaludin Mohd Jarjis said, wanted to enhance trade with African nations in its move to diversify its market.

As a trading nation, Malaysia could not continue depending merely on American and European markets, he said.

"Africa has great economic potential and many Malaysian businessmen attending the dialogue will be looking for business opportunities in the region," Jamaluddn jarjis said.

Jamaluddin Jarjis said former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was also expected to attend SAID 2005.

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