Malaysia & Samoa continue development on trading opportunities

Malaysia’s High Commissioner to Samoa Her Excellency Dato Lim Kim Eng drinks her cup of ava at the welcome ceremony at the Head of States residence at Tua’efu yesterday morning

By Lagi Keresoma

APIA, SAMOA: FRIDAY 23 JULY 2015: The Governments of Malaysia and Samoa continue to develop trading opportunities and support each other on the international level.

In presenting her credentials to Samoa’s Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi today, Malaysia’s High Commissioner to Samoa, Her Excellency Dato Lim Kim Eng, expressed her country’s hope for further business opportunities and development between the two countries.

The bilateral trade between the 2 countries has increased to USD$8.16 million in 2014 for Malaysia.

Her Excellency said Samoa has contributed to her countries economic growth by purchasing the Malaysian made landing craft MV Fasefulu which was valued at USS$3.5 million.

Recently, the Minister of Works, Transport and Infrastructure (MWTI) Manualesagalala Enokati Posala visited Malaysia’s shipbuilding centre in Sarawak.

According to His Highness, the purchasing of MV Fasefulu from Malaysia was a wise investment on Samoa’s part in their efforts to enhance trading opportunities.

“This is proof of Samoa’s confidence in Malaysian landing vessels and we hope to continue and increase economic exchanges and business opportunities in the future,” said His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi.

Her Excellency Eng agreed and is also hopeful that the economic exchange will spur more business opportunities in the future.

Samoa and Malaysia established diplomatic relationships in August 1982.

“The friendly relationship we have enjoyed since has been portrayed by the kindness of the Malaysian Government in providing assistance towards capacity building in many sectors,” said His Highness Tui Atua.

He also acknowledged the modern expertise, skills and technology offered by the Government of Malaysia through short term training opportunities that have helped Samoa to further develop its workforce.

In return, Her Excellency Eng, acknowledged Samoa’s support in Malaysia’s successful bid for a non-permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council for 2 years.

His Highness Tui Atua said Samoa’s support for Malaysia’s bid to the UN Council is testament of the close relationship the 2 country’s share.

“Malaysia has always been a good friend and Samoa will uphold this trust in furthering this friendship,” said His Highness.

Tui Atua said Malaysia’s participation as a post Forum Dialogue Partner in the Pacific Islands Forum exemplifies the importance that Malaysia places on regional cooperation and security.

“The assistance of USD$1 million for the Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) conference in Apia last year comes at a crucial time where cooperation and durable partnerships between SIDS members and development partners is of utmost importance,” said His Highness Tui Atua.

Her Excellency also spoke of the close cooperation through their common memberships in the Commonwealth and several UN agencies.

“Malaysia attaches great importance on its longstanding relations with Samoa and will endeavour to contribute to your country’s development through capacity building,” said Her Excellency Eng.

Malaysia has already extended technical assistance to more than 100 Samoan officials to undergo various technical training programmes in Malaysia with 3 attending courses in the fields of Customs Narcotic Law Enforcement, IT Audit and Economic & Management in Malaysia.

Malaysia is sending a contingent of 45 athletes and officials to the 5th Commonwealth Youth Games hosted by Samoa in September 2015.

Her Excellency completed a Bachelor of Social Science with Honors from the University of Science in Malaysia.

She commenced her diplomatic career in 1983 as an Assistant Secretary with the Administrative & Diplomatic Service of the Malaysia Foreign Service.

She has held various positions within the Malaysian diplomatic service including Director of the ASEAN department in 1997 and Deputy Director General of ASEAN in 2004.

She was also Malaysia’s High Commissioner in Vietnam in 2007.

She is married to Teo Lee Yong and has 2 sons.