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Kalonzo heads to Malaysia economic forum

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 17 – Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka leaves the country on Friday to represent President Mwai Kibaki at a key economic forum in Malaysia.

The forum Global Langkawi Dialogue (LID) seeks to foster public private partnership as the engine for economic transformation.

Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe are among African Leaders attending the forum.

Among the issues to be deliberated at the meeting are; transitioning from Agriculture to Agriculture business, enhancing manufacturing as well as Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMES), the role of Information Technology (ICT) in boosting knowledge driven economies, climate change and sustainable development.

The forum is convened by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak.

Kenya is the 5th Malaysian trading partner after South Africa, Egypt, Nigeria and Mauritius.

The country exports soda ash, tea, marine products, tobacco, lime and cement while it imports electronic goods, textiles, natural gas and fats from Malaysia.

Malaysian construction companies have shown interest investing in infrastructural projects in Kenya, while Kenya can  also benefit from Malaysian experience and advanced agricultural technology.

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The Vice President is accompanied by the Naivasha MP John Mututho, North Horr MP Francis Chachu Ganya, Assistant Minister Lina Chepkemoi and Nominated MP Musikari Kombo.

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