Malaysia and Czech Republic to expand trade

Anifah welcomes Zaoralek to Malaysia.

KOTA KINABALU: Malaysia and the Czech Republic hope to further boost trade in education, defence and tourism.

Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman who met with his Czech counterpart Lubomir Zaoralek, said the two countries were working towards expanding current trade and investment links.

He said over the last ten years, bilateral trade had grown by 25% to US$410mil in 2014 with the balance of trade favouring Malaysia.

Anifah said that they agreed to expand cooperation in the education sector as there are 227 Malaysians currently pursuing medical studies in the country with 241 having already graduated.

Another area for potential cooperation was in tourism, he said in explaining that nearly 10,000 Czech citizens had visited Malaysia in 2014.

Zaoralek, meanwhile, said that his country offered a lot of opportunities to Malaysians to pursue various technical courses as well as Czech-manufactured radar systems and trucks.

He said he would bring this to the attention of Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein during his meeting with him in Kuala Lumpur.

In extending his condolences to Malaysia on the two air tragedies of MH370 and MH17, Zaoralek said the Czech Republic wants the perpetrators responsible for shooting down MH17 over Ukraine to face the law.

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