Thirteen Kenyans have benefited from the Malaysian Technical Cooperation Programme, the country’s envoy to Kenya has said.
Speaking during the second MTCP alumnus gathering, High Commissioner Loh Seck Tiong said the annual event would further provide the impetus for closer interactions between the High Commission and members of the alumni in Kenya.
About 60 alumni, including Kenyan nationals who graduated from universities in Malaysia, as well as the staff of the High Commission, attended the event.
MTCP that offers various short term courses such as agriculture, economy, public management and administration, professional services, social development and science, technology and ICT management. To date, since its inception in 1980, the envoy said, more than 33,000 participants from 144 MTCP countries have benefited from the various programmes.
MTCP shares its development experiences and expertise with other developing countries, in line with the spirit of South-South cooperation.
According to their website, MTCP was initiated at the First Commonwealth Heads of Government Regional Meeting (CHOGRM) for Asia Pacific Region in Sydney in February 1978. It was officially launched on September 7, 1980, at the second CHOGRM in New Delhi, India, to signify Malaysia’s commitment to South-South Cooperation, in particular, technical cooperation among developing countries.
The invitees were later treated to a variety of popular Malaysian food and beverages such as “Nasi Lemak” (rice cooked with coconut milk) and “Teh Tarik” (hot milk tea beverage)