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Prime Minister of Malaysia His Excellency Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi will pay an official visit to Jamaica beginning on Tuesday afternoon, Tuesday, 2nd May 2006. He departs the following day.
The Prime Minister, will be accompanied by a delegation of 23, including the Minister of Public Works, His Excellency Dato’ Seri S. Samy Vellu; Minister of Youth and Sports, His Excellency Datuk Azalina Othman Said; Minister of Higher Education, His Excellency Dato’ Mustapha Mohammad; Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Dato’ Joseph Salang and Malaysia’s High Commissioner to Jamaica, His Excellency Zainoi Abidin Omar. A number of journalists will also be in the party.
Prime Minister Abdullah is expected to hold talks with Prime Minister the Hon. Portia Simpson Miller on a range of topics covering bilateral cooperation, trade, investment issues, and regional and international concerns.
During his busy schedule, Prime Minister Abdullah will pay a courtesy call on the Governor-General His Excellency the Most Hon.Professor Kenneth Hall and receive the Leader of the Opposition, Mr. Bruce Golding.
Jamaica and Malaysia have enjoyed cordial and mutually beneficial relations since establishing diplomatic ties on 28th November 1975.
The most significant area of collaboration between Jamaica and Malaysia has been in highway development. Malaysia has provided training as well as technical assistance in the planning, development and implementation of Highway 2000.
The Prime Minister, who will be met on arrival at the Norman Manley International Airport by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Hon. Anthony Hylton. He will inspect a Guard of Honour and meet dignitaries including members of the Cabinet, the Mayor of Kingston, and representatives of the Diplomatic Corps.