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Bilateral relations with Malaysia


Diplomatic relations between the Republic of Belarus and Malaysia were established on March 5, 1992.
 
Ambassador of the Republic of Belarus to the Republic of Indonesia Mr. Vladimir N. Lopato-Zagorsky is accredited as the non-resident Ambassador to Malaysia (credentials were presented to the Supreme ruler of Malaysia on March 19, 2012).
 
In June 1999 Belarusian delegation headed by Deputy Prime Minister — Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus paid a working visit to Malaysia.
 
In February 2003 a Belarusian delegation headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus took part in the XIII Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement in Kuala-Lumpur.
 
May 30, 2006 the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus Mr. Sergei Martynov met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia Mr. Syed Hamid Albar on the margins of the ministerial meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement in Putrajaya (Malaysia).
 
In July 2007 the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus Mr. Sergei Martynov paid a visit to Malaysia.
 
In June 2009, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Belarus and Malaysia met at the summit of the Non-Aligned Movement in Sharm el-Sheikh (Egypt).
 
In June 2010 the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus Mr. Sergei Aleinik accompanied by representatives of the Belarusian business circles visited Malaysia.
 
May 10, 2012 the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus Mr. Sergei Aleinik met with the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia Hon. A. Kohilan Pillay on the margins of the Ministerial meeting of the Coordinating Bureau of the Non-Aligned Movement in Sharm el-Sheikh.
 
June 6, 2012 Belarus Minister of Industry Mr. Dmitry Katerinich met with the Minister of International Trade and Industry of Malaysia Mustapa bin Mohamed in Moscow.

March 11–13, 2015 the delegation of the Ministry of Taxes and Duties of the Republic of Belarus headed by the Deputy Minister Mrs. Ella Selitskaya visited Malaysia to conduct negotiations on the draft Agreement for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with Respect to Taxes on Income.

October 19–21, 2016 the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus Mr. Valentin Rybakov visited Malaysia. Meetings at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry, Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Higher Education, as well as at the Parliament, the National Chamber of Commerce and with the executives of Malaysian companies were held during the visit.

Inter-parliamentary cooperation is being developed. Chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus Mr.Vladimir Andreichenko met with the Vice President of the House of Representatives of the Parliament of Malaysia Mr. Wan Junaidi bin Tuanku Jaafar on the margins on the 120th IPU Assembly (April 5-10, 2009, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia).

Belarus and Malaysia parliamentary delegations hold regular meetings during yearly sessions of ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (2012 – in Indonesia, 2013 – in Brunei, 2014 – in Laos, 2015 – in Malaysia).


In February 2013 the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus of 5th convocation set up a working group for cooperation with the Parliament of Malaysia.
The working group was re-established at the National Assembly of 6th convocation in February 2017. In March 2014 the House of Representatives of the Parliament of Malaysia set up Malaysia-Belarus Parliamentary Friendship Group chaired by the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Hon. Datuk Seri Ronald Kiandee.

August 18–22, 2014 Malaysian parliamentary delegation headed by the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Parliament of Malaysia the Hon. Datuk Seri Ronald Kiandee visited the Republic of Belarus.

December 18-23, 2016 the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Parliament of Malaysia Tan Sri Datuk Seri Panglima Pandikar Amin Mulia made an official visit to Belarus. Meetings with the President, Prime Minister, top officials of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus, Governor of Minsk Region were held.

Belarus and Malaysia signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the National Academy of Sciences and the Academy of Sciences Malaysia on Scientific and Technical Cooperation (May 10, 2013).

The draft Agreement for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with Respect to Taxes on Income was initialed during the visit to Malaysia of the delegation of the Ministry of Taxes and Duties of the Republic of Belarus headed by the Deputy Minister Mrs. Ella Selitskaya on March 11–13, 2015.
 
Draft agreements on economic, scientific, technical and cultural cooperation, on promotion and mutual protection of investments, on cooperation in the fight against crime, on cooperation in the legal sphere, on mutual abolition of visas, on military-technical cooperation, on mutual legal assistance in civil and commercial matters, on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, on extradition, on cooperation between the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and National Сhamber of Сommerce and Industry of Malaysia and on cooperation between Minsk Department of the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce & Industry and International Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia in the State of Sabah, on the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income, on cooperation in the field of higher education, on cooperation between University of Malaya and the Belarusian State University, on cooperation between Malaysian Agriculture Research and Development Institute (MARDI) and National Academy of Science of Belarus on research and development in the field of agriculture, on cooperation between the Minsk Region Executive Committee (Republic of Belarus) and the Government of the State of Sabah (Malaysia), on cooperation between the National State TV and Radio Company of the Republic of Belarus (Belteleradiocompany) and Radio Televisyen Malaysia, on cooperation in the field of prevention and elimination of emergencies are being negotiated.
 

Bilateral trade between Belarus and Malaysia

(U.S. $ million)

Periods

Trade turnover

Export from Belarus

Import to Belarus

Balance

2003

27,7

22,0

5,7

16,3

2004

45,5

26,4

19,1

7,3

2005

70,0

16,4

53,6

-37,2

2006

132,1

34,7

97,4

-62,7

2007

131,4

41,3

90,1

-48,8

2008

158,4

79,5

78,9

0,6

2009

83,4

33,3

50,1

-16,8

2010

98,9

35,8

63,1

-27,3

2011

139,3

60,6

78,7

-18,1

2012

224,1

118,3

105,8

12,5

2013

163,6

60,1

103,5

-43,3 

2014

217,8

150,6

67,2

83,4

2015

155,9

110,5

45,4

65,1

2016

161

105,5

55,5

50

2016 / 2015, %

103,3

95,5

122,3

 

 

Major exports from Belarus to Malaysia are potash fertilizers. In 2016 Malaysia imported 546.2 thousand tons of the Belarusian potassium chloride (134.2% compared with 2015) amounting to 106.6 million US dollars (95.5%).
 
Belarus imports from Malaysia natural rubber, rubber products, integrated circuits, electrical devices, communications equipment.
 
May 9-11, 2013 the National Exposition of the Republic of Belarus was arranged at the 24th International Exhibition of Invention, Innovation and Technology «ITEX 2013» in Kuala-Lumpur.

October 2, 2015 Belarus–Malaysia business-forum was held at the Business and Cultural Complex of the Embassy of Belarus in Moscow.

Opportunities for cooperation in the field of education are being explored. Belarusian State University started cooperation with the University of Malaya.