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WORKING VISIT OF THE PRIME MINISTER OF MALAYSIA TO THE
THIRD EDITION OF THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THE EMERGENCE OF AFRICA (ICEA)
DAKAR, REPUBLIC OF SENEGAL
16 - 17 JANUARY 2019
The Prime Minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad will lead the Malaysian delegation to the Third International Conference on the Emergence of Africa (ICEA) in Dakar, Senegal on 17 January 2019. This will be the first appearance of the Prime Minister of Malaysia at ICEA since the convening of the Conference in 2015.
The Prime Minister will be accompanied by spouse, Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali; the Deputy Foreign Minister, Dato' Hj. Marzuki bin Hj. Yahya, as well as senior government officials from the Prime Minister’s Office and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The theme of the Third ICEA 2019 – “Emergence, Private Sector and Inclusiveness”, will be focusing on promoting and strengthening the role of the private sectors in the African emergence plans.
The highlight of the Prime Minister’s attendance at the third ICEA would be the High Level Panel Discussion which will take place after the ICEA Opening Ceremony on 17 January 2019. The session, which would also include the participation of the Presidents of the Republic of Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Kenya, Mali, Rwanda and Senegal will provide the opportunity for the Prime Minister to showcase the success of the public-private partnership in Malaysia. In addition, the Prime Minister will also be sharing Malaysia’s ideas and vision on the economic and trade partnership between Malaysia and the emerging African nations.
The Prime Minister is also scheduled to have bilateral meeting with the President of Senegal to discuss matters of mutual interest with the objective of enhancing bilateral ties as well as collaboration on pertinent regional and global issues.
Malaysia and Senegal enjoy 33 years of diplomatic ties and have maintained strong cooperation in multiple sectors including trade and investment. Total trade between Malaysia and Senegal in 2017 was RM372.6 million (USD86.5 million), with Malaysia’s exports amounting to RM364.5 million (USD84.6 million) and imports from Senegal worth RM8.1 million (USD1.87 million). Malaysia’s main exports to Senegal are palm oil and palm-based products, agriculture products, processed food while the main imports from Senegal are cotton, crude fertilizers and crude minerals, chemicals and chemical products and manufactures of metal.
15 January 2019