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 BRIEF BACKGROUND
 
 
Malaysia – South Africa relations was established following the dismantling of the apartheid in South Africa. On 13 September 1992, Malaysia established its Liaison Office in Johannesburg. In 1994, Malaysia upgraded its office as the High Commission and was subsequently relocated to Pretoria, the Administrative Capital of South Africa.
 
Following the establishment of the High Commission in 1994, bilateral relations between the two countries have grown tremendously encompassing many fields that include trade and investment. Both countries, desirous to see prosperity where their citizens are able to enjoy a high standard of living, undertake continuous efforts to further enhance and strengthen bilateral relations. In the international arena, both countries share many similar ideals on issues of mutual interest and concerns as well as having cooperated closely in many international organizations such as the Commonwealth, the Non-aligned Movement, the United Nations, and the WTO.
 
Ambassador Mat Dris Hj. Yaacob is the current High Commissioner of Malaysia to the Republic of South Africa. He is the sixth Head of Mission / High Commissioner resides in Pretoria.
 
The earlier Heads of Liaison Office / former High Commissioners of Malaysia to the Republic of South Africa are as follows:
HE Dato’ Choo Eng Guan (13.09.1992 – 23.12.1996)
HE Dato’ Abdul Kadir Mohamad Deen (10.01.1997 – 19.02.1999)
HE Dato' Zainal Azman Zainal Abidin (26.031999 – 04.05.2004)
HE Dato’ Yahaya Abdul Jabar (11.08.2004 – 10.11.2008)
HE Ambassador Kennedy Jawan (17.12.2008 – 31.12.2013)
 
 
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Brief History

MalaysiaSouth Africa relations was established following the dismantling of the apartheid in South Africa. On 13 September 1992, Malaysia established its liaison office in Johannesburg. In 1994, Malaysia upgraded its office to become the High Commission and was subsequently relocated to Pretoria - the administrative capital of South Africa.

Following the establishment of the High Commission in 1994, MalaysiaSouth Africa bilateral relations have grown tremendously, encompassing many fields that include trade and investment. Both countries, desirous to see prosperity where their citizens are able to enjoy a high standard of living, undertake continuous efforts to further enhance and strengthen bilateral relations.

In the international arena, both countries share many similar ideals on issues of mutual interest and concerns as well as having cooperated closely in many international organizations such as the Commonwealth, the Non-aligned Movement, the United Nations, and the WTO.

 

 

Objectives

Enhancing and strengthening bilateral ties with South Africa, Mozambique, Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar and Swaziland.

Promoting trade, investment and tourism as well as other fields with South Africa, Mozambique, Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar and Swaziland.

To carry out information activities to promote and enhance Malaysia’s image.

To promote socio-cultural contacts in order to enhance people to people relations as well as creating greater awareness

 

 

 

Strategies

Establish close contacts and cooperation with all government agencies, private companies, diplomatic missions and international organizations.

Promotion of bilateral trade, investment, tourism, education and socio-cultural activities.

Promotion of Malaysia through the mass media.

Encourage and assist Malaysian businessmen as well as their counterparts to invest and carry out business activities.

Provide necessary assistance to all Malaysians in areas such as consular matters, trade and investment, and socio-cultural matters.


Extend technical assistance to government officials from South Africa, Mozambique, Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar and Swaziland.