Malaysian PM For Caribbean Visit

NEW YORK, N.Y., Apr 26, 2006 – Malaysia’s Prime Minister, Dato’ Seri Abdullah bin Haji Ahmad Badawi, is set to begin an official tour of two Caribbean countries on Saturday.

PM Abdullah, according to a government statement, will visit Saint Vincent and the Grenadines from April 29 until May 2. He will then move on to Jamaica for a one-day visit from May 2-3. It would be the prime minister’s first visit to the Caribbean region and comes at the invitation of the prime ministers of the two islands.

Abdullah is set to hold discussions with SVG’s Dr Ralph Gonsalves about Malaysian investment projects there while in Jamaica he will meet with the country’s new Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller. The visit, according to the government statement, is to establish personal contact and forge closer rapport and understanding with both Gonsalves and Simpson Miller while evaluating potential areas of cooperation and ways to enhance trade and investment activities between Malaysia and the two Caribbean countries.

He is also expected to meet former PM, P.J. Patterson. PM Abdullah will be accompanied by the country’s Works Minister, Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu; Youth and Sports Minister, Datuk Azalina Othman Said;Higher Education Minister Datuk Mustapa Mohamed and Deputy Foreign Minister Joseph Salang, as well as senior officials of the prime minister’s office, foreign ministry and other government agencies.

Abdullah became the fifth prime minister of Malaysia on 31st October 2003. (