TVET the main focus of DPM’s visit to Japan

TOKYO: Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s week-long visit to Japan aims to strengthen Malaysia’s Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) agenda and bolster its position as a global halal industry hub.

The Deputy Prime Minister’s focus on these issues in Japan reflects Malaysia’s priority due to their broad international markets, said Malaysian Embassy’s deputy chief of mission Anwar Udzir.

Ahmad Zahid’s itinerary includes engagements in Tokyo and Osaka, where he will meet Malaysian students and diaspora (today), receive an honorary degree from Shibaura Institute of Technology in recognition of his contribution towards strengthening Malaysia-Japan technical education cooperation and discuss TVET management with Japan’s Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Minister Masahito Moriyama Minister, he said according to Bernama.

Ahmad Zahid, who arrived last night, will also assume the presidency of the Malaysian branch of the Organisation for Industrial, Spiritual and Cultural Advancement-International, an organisation focusing on promoting international cooperation in various fields.

A visit to the National Institute of Technology, Tokyo College (Tokyo KOSEN) to gain insights into Japan’s exemplary TVET system as well as the NEC Super Tower, is also in his itinerary.

The Deputy Prime Minister will witness the signing of the agreement on innovation partnership between MyDIGITAL Corporation and Toshiba Digital Solutions Corporation in the application of big data technology.

In Osaka, Ahmad Zahid will engage with the Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry and participate in a roundtable session on enhancing trade and investment in the halal ecosystem between Malaysia and Japan.

Wisma Putra in a statement said the working visit underscores the strengthening of Malaysia-Japan bilateral relations since the elevation to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership in December 2023, marking a significant milestone in diplomatic engagement.

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