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CHILE 


The Embassy in Santiago was first established on 2 December 1991 by then Mr. Iskandar Sarudin at the level of Charge d' Affaires a.i.  The following has since been appointed Ambassadors:
 
1.   Ambassador Dennis Ignatius, 26 March 1992 
2.   Ambassador Lily Zachariah, 18 December 1996
3.   Ambassador Arumugam Ganapathy, 29 August 2000
4.   Ambassador Abdullah Faiz Zain, 13 February 2006
5.  Ambassador Ganeson Sivagurunathan, 12 September 2011
6.  Ambassador Dato´Dr. Mohamad Rameez Yahaya, 4 October 2015 - Present
 
The Embassy is located at the Callao 3461, Las Condes, Santiago.
 
 
Bilateral Relations
 
 
Bilateral relations between Malaysia and the Republic of Chile remained close and cordial.  YABhg. Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad visited Chile on the invitation of President Aylwin in July 1991.  During this visit, both leaders agreed to strengthen bilateral relations and open their embassies in the respective countries.  Following this decision, the Malaysian Embassy in Santiago was later established in December 1991. 
 
President Aylwin reciprocated by visiting Malaysia in June 1992, and later, President Eduardo Frei also visited Malaysia for a State Visit in November 1995 upon the invitation of SPB Yang Di-Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Jaafar Ibni Almarhum Tuanku Abdul Rahman which visited Chile earlier in September 1995.  The last State Visit from Malaysia was by SPB Yang Di-Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin Ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Mahmud Al-Muktafi Billah Shah in 2009.  In addition, there has not been any official visits at the level of Prime Minister of Malaysia to Chile ever since Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad in 1991.
 
In the field of economy, Chile has become one of Malaysia´s important trading partners in Latin America.  Malaysia signed the Free Trade Agreement with Chile in 2010 and entered into force on 28 February 2012.  Both Malaysia and Chile are parties to the Trans-Pacific Partnertship (TPP).
 
 
Bilateral Trade
 
 
The total bilateral trade between Malaysia and Chile for the period of January to September 2015 amounted to RM 1.216 billion, while total imports were valued at RM 519.9 Million.  The trade balance is currently in favour of Malaysia.
 
 
Agreements
 
 
Malaysia and Chile have signed the following agreements:
 
  • Agreement on student exchange programme between University Malaya and Pontifica Universidad Catolica de Chile - 2013
  • Free Trade Agreement - entered into force on 25 February 2012
  • Air Services Agreement - 14 April 2010
  • Double Taxation Agreement (DTA) - 3 September 2004
  • Investment Guarantee Agreement - 11 December 1992
  • Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation Agreement - 21 June 1992
  • Bilateral Payment Agreement - 21 June 1992
  • Cultural Agreeement
 
MoUs

 

  • MOU on Scientific Cooperation between the Sultan Mizan Antarctic Research Foundation (YPASM) and the Chilean Antarctic Institute (INACH) - January 2014
  • MOU between University Malaya and University Santo Tomas - 2013
  • MoU between Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) and Catholic University of Concepcion (Universidad Catolica de la Santisima Concepcion - UCSC ) - 1 December 2008
  • MoU between the University of Malaya and the University of Santiago de Chile (USACH) - 26 June 2004 (to be replaced with a new MoU, currently under discussions)
  • MoU on Defense Cooperation - 26 November 1993
  • MoU on Cooperation in Trade Promotion between MATRADE and DIRECON - 3 November 1993
  • MoU on Exchange of Information - 18 May 1993

 

Prosper Thy Neighbour
(Malaysian Technical Cooperation Programme - MTCP)

 

To date, 99 Chileans have atended various courses under the MTCP

 

 

 

 

ECUADOR

 

Bilateral relations between Malaysia and the Republic of Ecuador remained warm and cordial.  Ecuador established its Embassy in Kuala Lumpur in 1994.  The Embassy of Malaysia in Santiago, Chile is now concurrently accredited to Ecuador.  The former Ecuadorian Ambassador to Malaysia, Dr. Marco Tulio Cordero was appointed as the Honorary Cónsul of Malaysia in Quito on 23 March 2005 at the request of the then Ecuadorian Foreign Minister.

 

The visits by Malaysian luminaries to Ecuador were by YB. Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar, former Foreign Minister of Malaysia in 2003, followed with YABhg. Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, former Prime Minister of Malaysia in 2004, YB. Senator A. Kohilan Pillay, Deputy Foreign Minister of Malaysia in 2009 and a group of Malaysian Members of Parliament led by YB Senator Tan Sri Abu Zahar Ujang, President of the Senate in 2015. 

 

Meanwhile, numbers of Ecuadorian dignitaries had also viisted Malaysia namely H.E. Nina Pacari Vega, former Foreign Minister of Ecuador in 2003, H.E. Francisco Carrion Mena, former Faoreign Minister of Ecuador in May 2007, H.E. Dr. Marco Albuja, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, Trade and Integration of Ecuador in January 2013 and H.E. Ricardo Patiño, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility of Euador in June 2013.

 

Malaysia and Ecuador share similar views on many international issues and continue to cooperate well together in the international fora.  Apart from the United Nations, both countries are members of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and the Group of 77 (G-77).