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Najib To Announce New Initiatives At LID To Strengthen Malaysia-Africa Ties

By Friday June 17th, 2011 No Comments

PUTRAJAYA, June 17 (Bernama) — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak will announce new initiatives to strengthen relations between Malaysia and Africa at the Langkawi International Dialogue which starts here Sunday.

Najib, who will be chairing his first LID since becoming the prime minister in 2009, said an “outcome document” would be prepared to incorporate suggestions and recommendations made during the Dialogue which need follow-up actions and these will be discussed at the next Dialogue.

This would be similar to LID 2007 which adopted an outcome document entitled “LID 2007 Plan of Action on The Way Forward,” he told Bernama today.

Najib, who is also Finance Minister, said Malaysia’s various people-centric models can serve as a case study for other participating countries of LID to consider in their efforts to transform their own administrations and societies.

To do this, he said, the leaders would exchange ideas and share best practices so that they learn from each other during the three-day dialogue.

“Sharing transformational experiences and case-studies will help us all. While each participating country is unique, and not everything tried in one country can be successfully applied in another, greater openness and willingness to share experiences can allow us to learn from one another,” he said.

This, he said, would also lead to deliberations on new and innovative ideas on transformation and provide new opportunities for both Malaysia and African countries.

Leaders or their representatives from 16 countries will attend LID, held for the first time outside Langkawi, Malaysia’s premier tourist resort, since its inception in 1995.

Najib said Malaysia has decided that LID 2011 would focus on socio-economic and development issues to reflect the current global challenges and new realities.

“We believe that new and innovative ideas on transformation and socio-economic policies will emerge from LID 2011 for mutual benefit,” he said.

During LID, Najib said the country would offer Malaysia’s home-grown concepts and pillars of 1Malaysia which focus on People First, Performance Now, Government Transformation Programme (GTP), Economic Transformation Programme (ETP), and the New Economic Model (NEM) as a model for LID participating countries to learn and emulate.

He said these concepts have attracted the attention of many African countries, adding that during the Southern Africa International Dialogue held in Munyonyo, Uganda, in 2009 and attended by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, most of the African participating countries have expressed their interest to learn more about Malaysia’s transformation programmes.

“As you are aware, most African countries are multi-tribal countries and see Malaysia as a model for development. Malaysia’s economic success and its pragmatic domestic and foreign policies are something we can share with these countries.”

“Therefore, they could consider having similar concepts and policies to suit their needs and national aspirations,” he said.

Najib, who attended the Global Smart Partnership Dialogue in Lusaka, Zambia, in 2008, said LID was still relevant and was created as part of Malaysia’s responsibility and contributions to other developing countries, being the most developed nation among them.

On the change of venue from Langkawi to the administrative capital of Putrajaya, Najib said Malaysia has been sharing its experiences, policies on nation-building and Vision 2020 with the African leaders during the last eight LIDs held in Langkawi.

“I personally believe that it is timely that LID 2011 is being held in Putrajaya to allow the Leaders to observe and see for themselves the developments which have taken place in Malaysia,” he said.

According to him, since all of the leaders will be staying at hotels in the Kuala Lumpur Golden Triangle area, they will experience and witness for themselves when they travel from Kuala Lumpur to Putrajaya via the MEX Highway, the developments which have taken place in Malaysia since the first LID was held 15 years ago.

“The leaders will also have the opportunity to visit Cyberjaya where we will be having our retreat at Cyberview Lodge, Cyberjaya, during the second day of LID 2011,” he said, and pointed out that other participants will be on field visits to several locations in the Klang Valley.

Source : Bernama

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