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Exchange of Notes for the grant of patrol vessels and for the Grant Aid to Malaysia

November 16, 2016
Cabinet Public Relations Office (Photo: Cabinet Public Relations Office)

1. Today in Tokyo, Dr. Makio Miyagawa, Ambassador of Japan to Malaysia, and Dato' Sri Ahmad Puzi, Director General of Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA), exchanged notes for the grant of patrol vessels as well as for the grant aid for the Economic and Social Development Programme (grant amount: 700 million yen) from the Government of Japan to the Government of Malaysia.

2. Overview

(1) Grant of patrol vessels
Malaysia has important maritime routes including the Strait of Malacca and Singapore Strait, and the country’s economic and trade activities greatly rely on maritime transportation. Ensuring the safety and security of adjacent maritime areas is essential for Malaysia’s economic and social stability and further development of the living of its people. At the same time, it is extremely important not only for Malaysia and the neighboring countries but also for Japan, as our country much depends on international maritime transportation.

Against this background, a request has been made to the Government of Japan from MMEA for a grant of patrol vessels to meet its urgent need of enhancing its capacity for further ensuring the maritime safety and security.

Granting two patrol vessels currently owned and used by the Japan Coast Guard to the Government of Malaysia will greatly contribute to realizing Malaysia’s economic and social stability and better living of its people. This cooperation is also expected to help promote the “rule of law” at sea and to further strengthen the relations between Japan and Malaysia.

(2) Grant Aid (Economic and Social Development Programme)
This cooperation is intended to extend funds for the purchase of products, equipment and services by the Government of Malaysia that will contribute to the improvement of maritime safety and security. This cooperation is expected to contribute to the safety and peace for countries having trade with Malaysia and navigating the surrounding waters, including Japan, and to promoting the economic and social development of Malaysia.

(Reference)Japan-Malaysia Relations (Basic Data)
Malaysia has a land area of approximately 330,000 square kilometers (about 0.9 times that of Japan), a population of approximately 29.95 million (2013, Malaysia Department of Statistics), and per capita gross national income (GNI) of approximately 10,570 dollars (2015, World Bank).

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