Wednesday, March 22

‘Malaysia a good example of successful Islamic country’


PUTRAJAYA: The President of the Republic of Guinea, Alpha Conde is impressed with Malaysia and regards it as an exemplary Muslim nation.

He said Malaysia was very much involved in the South-South Cooperation as well as the cooperation among Muslim countries.

“Guinea is a Muslim country with 90 per cent Muslims. We consider Malaysia an example of a successful Islamic country.

“We come here to discover and learn from Malaysia and to practise and apply the lessons learned here,” he said at a joint press conference with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak after a Malaysia-Guinea bilateral meeting at the Kompleks Perdana Putra, here yesterday.

Conde, who is here on a four-day official visit beginning Tuesday, also praised Najib’s leadership.

“The Prime Minister is very modest. Everybody knows the accomplishments of (former Prime Minister) Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. Now we are seeing Najib continuing the success,” he said.

Meanwhile, Conde invited Malaysians to do business and invest in Guinea, whose economy is largely dependant on the mining, agriculture and fishing sectors.

He said Guinea was embarking on various policy reforms to revive its economic growth performance.

He said the signing of two Memorandums of Understanding on protection on investment and double taxation would protect the Malaysian investors.

“We have made some reforms on security and we are in the process of revising our justice system. Today, we have succeeded in stabilising the currency. We are presently redoing the administration to create a conducive framework for the private sector.

“Yesterday we had dictatorship and today we have democracy. We are in the process strengthening the foundation of democracy in our country as democracy is the best guarantee to private companies,” he said. — Bernama