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WORKING VISIT OF PRIME MINISTER
TUN DR. MAHATHIR MOHAMAD TO TOKYO, JAPAN
FOR THE 25TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THE FUTURE OF ASIA
29-31 MAY 2019
The Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad will undertake a working visit to Tokyo, Japan from 29 to 31 May 2019 to attend the 25th International Conference on The Future of Asia. During the visit, the Prime Minister and spouse, Tun Dr. Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali will be accompanied by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dato' Hj. Marzuki Hj. Yahya, as well as senior Government officials.
The International Conference on The Future of Asia is an annual conference hosted by Nikkei Inc. since 1995, in which government and business leaders gather to share their visions for the future of Asia. The theme of the conference this year is “Seeking a new Global Order – Overcoming the Chaos”.
The Prime Minister will deliver a keynote address at the opening of the conference on 30 May 2019. He is expected to touch on the ever changing dynamics of the international order and how the new technologies will shape the future outlook. The Prime Minister will also participate in several interview sessions conducted by Nikkei’s communication media networks.
The Prime Minister is also scheduled to meet Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe on 31 May 2019 for a bilateral meeting. During the meeting, both leaders are expected to discuss bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual concern.
The Prime Minister will also be receiving courtesy calls from other leaders attending the conference as well as the representatives from the Japan-Malaysia Parliamentarians Friendship Association and Toyo University.
Apart from the conference, the Prime Minister will also attend the Malaysia-Japan Business Dialogue jointly organised by the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) and Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO), as well as to deliver a keynote address at the Foreign Correspondent’s Club of Japan (FCCJ).
Japan is Malaysia’s fourth largest global trading partner in 2018 with bilateral trade recorded at RM132.57 billion (USD32.86 billion). For Japan, Malaysia is its fourteen largest global trading partner, and fifth among the ASEAN countries after Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and Singapore.
This visit is expected to further enhance the existing multi-layered strong ties and bonds between Japan and Malaysia under the Look East Policy.
28 May 2019