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Kenya To Learn from Malaysia about ICT & Infrastructure Development
Source: bernama.com.my
Source Date: Sunday, June 19, 2011
Focus: Internet Governance
Country: Malaysia
Created: Jun 20, 2011

PUTRAJAYA, June 19 (Bernama) -- Kenya is keen to learn from Malaysia on how the country developed its information and communications technology, and infrastructure sectors, as it planned to emulate the experiences to diversify its economy.

Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka said Kenya was looking forward to gain experience and learn from Malaysia on ways to embrace development at the ongoing Langkawi International Dialogue 2011 (LID2011) here, Sunday.

He said Malaysia was truly an excellent model of economic transformation.

"Trading and smart partnerships, in terms of ICT, is really what we want to look for in order to diversify the economy as well as eradicate poverty.

"We are giving priority to the growth of infrastructure such as roads in Kenya and Malaysia again is a very good example in this sector of development," he told Bernama after the official opening of LID2011 by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak here today.

Kenya, Malaysia's fifth largest trading partner after South Africa, Egypt, Nigeria and Mauritius in the African continent, is also keen to spur more business, trade and investment collaboration between the business communities of both nations.

"For instance, the Kenyan Chamber of Commerce together with the Malaysian International Chamber of Commerce have planned programmes for greater collaboration for the later part of the year.

"In terms of socio-economic contact, we see a lot of interaction between Malaysian investors and Kenyan students," Musyoka added.

The country exports soda ash, tea, marine products, tobacco, lime and cement to Malaysia and in turn imports electronic goods, textiles, natural gas and fats.
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