Feb 18 — Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin will be making his maiden official visit to Cambodia tomorrow for three days to strengthen bilateral ties, especially in trade.Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, will pay a courtesy call on CambodianPrime Minister Hun Sen and meet his counterpart, Sok An, on Thursday followed by a meeting with Cambodian Education, Youth and Sports Minister Dr Hang Chuon.On Friday, Muhyiddin is scheduled to hold discussions with another Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister, Keat Chhon, who is the Prime Minister’s advisor for finance and economics.
Malaysian ambassador to Cambodia, Raszlan Abdul Rashid said apart from improving bilateral ties between Malaysia and Cambodia, the meetings will give a new push in economic, education, tourism and human capital developmentcooperation between the two governments and people of both countries.
“The Deputy Prime Minister’s visit will also involve a roundtable talk withCambodian captains of industries to enable the business communities of both countries to explore business opportunities including in the agricultural sector,” he told Malaysian reporters here today.
Raszlan said the meeting would also strengthen the role of Kuala Lumpur which in the last 10 years had a key role in the development of Cambodia, with total trade amounting to US$2.6 billion (RM8.6 billion) in banking, finance, tourism and information technology.
“Trade between Malaysia and Cambodia last year exceeded US$420 million while exports from Malaysia to Cambodia reached US$235 million,” he said, adding that there are 2,000 Malaysians working in various sectors in Cambodia.
He said Muhyiddin was also scheduled to sign a Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) on higher education as a mark of the continuous support by Malaysia in the development of human resource in the country.
During the visit, the Deputy Prime Minister is also scheduled to address the Malaysian community in the city at a dinner here.
The Deputy Prime Minister is scheduled to return home on Friday. — Bernama
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