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BUDGET 2022: WISMA PUTRA SUPPORTS AN INCLUSIVE AND HIGH IMPACT NATIONAL BUDGET
Wisma Putra welcomes the announcement of Budget 2022 by YB Minister of Finance on 29 October 2021. This Budget is crucial to the Malaysian Family in meeting the unprecedented challenging situation faced by Malaysia due to the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide.
Under Budget 2022, Wisma Putra has been allocated a total of RM868,506,400.00 as compared to RM777,913,400 in 2021. Out of the total allocation for 2022, the Operating Expenditure sees an increment of 8.13% as compared to last year, while the Development Expenditure sees an increase of 44.68%.
Wisma Putra remains committed in upholding and promoting Malaysia's interests at the international fora. In this context, Malaysia will continue to maintain an active engagement and consistently asserts her positions and views on global issues including on digital economy, health diplomacy, cyber security, sustainable development, nuclear disarmament and climate change.
Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that has altered the international diplomacy landscape, Wisma Putra will continue to undertake a number of high impact initiatives that will benefit Malaysia’s interests, both regionally and globally. These initiatives include strategic cooperation and collaboration in the recognition of COVID-19 vaccination certificate as well as cooperation programs between medical and pharmaceutical product manufacturers and partner countries, travel bubble and reciprocal green lane programmes to encourage border reopening and targeted expansion of Malaysian products. These initiatives will revitalize Malaysia's links to the global economy in the post -pandemic as well as enhance Malaysia's reputation in the international community.
Towards ensuring Malaysia's active engagements at the international and regional fora, Wisma Putra will also utilise the 2022 allocation to strengthen the roles and functions of Malaysia’s diplomatic Missions abroad through strategic communication and effective public diplomacy. These efforts include, enhancing the delivery of consular services to Malaysians using digital diplomacy, upgrading of ICT facilities and infrastructure, improvement of the welfare of officers as well as augmentation of human capital through continuous training programmes and opportunities.
These initiatives are in line with Malaysia’s Foreign Policy Framework and the Ministry’s Strategic Plan for 2021 – 2025. Wisma Putra will ensure that the initiatives and activities planned for 2022 can be implemented effectively and successfully through continuous engagements with the Ministry of Finance, as well as strategic collaborations with other relevant Ministries and agencies.
DATO’ SAIFUDDIN ABDULLAH
30 OCTOBER 2021