PUTRAJAYA, May 5 (Bernama) — Lesotho believes Malaysia’s astute initiatives such as the ‘1Malaysia: People First, Performance Now’ concept will transform Malaysia into a developed nation by 2013.
Its Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili congratulated Malaysia for this new and innovative idea on transformation and for its socio-economic policies.
“I wish to take this opportunity to congratulate the government of Malaysia for the giant stride which your great country has achieved within a few years in the economic and scientific fields,” he said in his reply speech at the official luncheon hosted by Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, here Thursday.
Malaysia targets to become a fully developed nation by 2020.
Mosisili said Lesotho would continue to encourage its business community and entrepreneurs to tap into the opportunities for investment in Malaysia.
“Likewise, we shall count on the Malaysian government to encourage investors from this country to establish their presence in Lesotho.”
He said Lesotho appreciated the contribution that Malaysia was making to its development endeavours.
“Our people have been benefactors to the training, sharing of expertise and experiences in various areas under the Malaysian Technical Cooperation Programme (MTCP) in the spirit of south-south cooperation.
“Following our bilateral discussion this morning, this beneficial cooperation is destined to expand into new areas which include training in the fields of diplomacy and police,” he said.
He said Malaysia had over the years taken the lead in encouraging and consolidating cooperation among the countries of the south.
“Malaysia can also be credited with innovative initiatives such as the smart partnership, which is intended to promote dialogue and mutual support between the private and government sectors.
“I look forward to attending the 9th Langkawi International Dialogue which is scheduled to be held in Malaysia in June this year,” he said.
Mosisili said collaboration between Lesotho and Malaysia should also be translated into more robust mutual support and cooperation in addressing the current global challenges that confronted both countries and the world.
“Our two countries must continue to join hands in supporting initiatives for strengthening of peace and security at the United Nations fora,” he said.
Earlier, Mosisili and his delegation were taken on a cruise on the Putrajaya Lake.
Source : Bernama