H.E. Agus Salim Bin Yusof, Ambassador(Malaysia) speaks to Gulf Insider

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Malaysia and Bahrain shares warm and cordial relations since the establishment of diplomatic ties in 1974. Malaysian Embassy was established in Manama on 16 September 2003, while Bahrain reciprocated in 2018.

Trade between Malaysia and Bahrain is encouraging but does not show a steady trend.  Malaysia exports electronic products, furniture, foodstuff, vehicle spare parts and timber to Bahrain and imports petrochemical products and aluminium from Bahrain.  The total trade between both countries in 2018 was around USD 100 million.

Even though there is not much cultural exchange between the two countries, Malaysia holds cultural performances in Bahrain every now and then. The latest was the participation of a cultural group from Johor State, Malaysia, at the Bahrain Summer Festival in 2018.

Despite the unfavourable trend of trade figures recorded since the past years, Malaysian companies and businesses are still present in the Bahraini market, namely, MALAKOFF in Hidd Power Company, and construction developers, SF-MGC and Millenium Façade.

Malaysia and Bahrain celebrated the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations in 2019. Next year, Malaysia’s biggest tourism campaign-Visit Malaysia 2020 will take place. The Embassy wishes to invite all readers to visit Malaysia in 2020 as it is declared as the Visit Malaysia Year. A lot of activities and special offers have been lined up for tourists.  Malaysia also offers internationally recognised education opportunities and high-quality medical facilities at reasonable costs. 


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