MALAYSIA has emerged as the most favoured nation in Africa owing to its willingness to help develop countries in the continent.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said that Tanzania for instance had announced its commitment to work with Malaysian companies on a win-win business model.
In a step forward to help the African nations build up its technological capabilities through human capital development, Limkokwing University of Creative Technology would be offering 10 full scholarships to each African country participating in the Global Smart Partnership Dialogue 2013.
“This initiative would be in addition to the Malaysian government’s assistance in education in this region,” he said during the Global Smart Partners’ Dinner here on Saturday.
He added that the university already had three campuses, in Lesotho, Botswana and Swaziland, and planned to also set up a new campus in Tanzania.
Najib who was here attending the think-tank sessions of the Global Smart Partnership Dialogue had held separate meetings with several of the 17 African nations participating in the gathering.
He added that the blueprint for the Tanzanian Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) was ready with the help of Malaysia.
“This is a big credit to Malaysia as Tanzania has chosen the Malaysian model and not the Western model for uplifting its socio-economic development,” he said, adding that the first phase of Tanzania’s development Vision 2025, which was the Big Results Now (BRN) programme had taken off this year.
Najib said Tanzania had shown interest in the ETP at the Langkawi International Dialogue held in Putrajaya in 2011.
He said that some other African nations were also interested in emulating the ETP, which was aimed at doubling Malaysian per capita income from US$7,000 (RM22,113) in 2010 to US$15,000 (RM47,385) by 2020.
He said that Malaysia would help Tanzania first before extending help to other countries. Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Idris Jala who was part of the entourage, said that Malaysia was already assisting Tanzania in providing technology for managing a government.
“We ran Cabinet workshops and labs for agriculture, water, port, resources mobilisation and education in helping them to draw up the programme,” said Idris, who oversees the Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu).
Pemandu’s main role was to oversee the implementation of the ETP and Government Transformation Programme (GTP).
Speaking to Malaysian journalists on the final day of the dialogue themed Leveraging technology for smart growth in socio-economic transformation at the Julius Nyerere International Convention Centre yesterday, Najib said that the Malaysian companies had generated over RM680mil worth of business in East Africa following the Global Smart Partnership Dialogue (GSPD) 2013.
He said that the potential business areas were in energy generation, design and build of renewable energy plant, halal cleansing services for logistics, agriculture, oil and gas and palm oil based products.
UEM, he said, was in negotiations with Tanzanian counterparts to build a tolled highway linking the city to other African nations in the region.
Najib said Khazanah Nasional Berhad had been invited to establish a specialist hospital here so that it could provide health service to Tanzanians and nations nearby.