80 visits overseas. That's the total number since his tenure in late 2003/2004.
Abdullah's Visits Enhance Malaysia's Global Standing
KUALA LUMPUR, June 27 (Bernama) -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has made 80 official and working visits overseas since 2004, the Dewan Rakyat was told.
Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar said the visits which among others were based on economic cooperation, had contributed to Malaysia's achievement as the world's 19th largest trading nation.
He said this in a written reply to Fong Po Kuan (DAP-Batu Gajah) who wanted him to list out the prime minister's official and non-official visits overseas, the length of the visits and the number of delegates in each visit.
Syed Hamid said Abdullah made 13 working and official visits up to June this year, 20 last year, 25 in 2005 and 22 in 2004.
Among them were official and working visits to the neighbouring countries in Asean, bilateral visits to East and West Asia, Middle East, the American continent and Africa as well as visits in conjunction with meetings or periodic conferences like the group of eight developing countries (D8), Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC), Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) and Non-Aligned Movement (NAM).
Syed Hamid said the prime minister was usually accompanied by several Cabinet ministers relevant to the fields where cooperations were intended to be forged with the countries visited, senior government officers, representatives from the related agencies and businessmen.
He said support officials from the Foreign Ministry, Malaysian Embassy and security personnel were also involved.
"The number of delegates depends on the scope of bilateral cooperations and the need for field experts to scrutinise and give advice including ministers relating to the important economic sectors and the relevant industry chiefs," he said.
The list of Abdullah's visits overseas since 2004 showed between seven and 143 people followed the prime minister in his visits.
Syed Hamid said the visits had enhanced bilateral relations and opened up more spaces for the private sector to secure infrastructure development projects and marketing opportunities in each country visited.
Such visits were welcomed by foreign leaders and the prime minister's counterparts as it allowed them to discuss bilateral and international issues in the effort to find a consensus in dealing with the issues faced, he said.
I'm not sure what 'global standing' have improved. Something like these?
1. Tier 3 or one of the countries in the worst category in the US state department's annual Trafficking In Persons 2007 report.
2. Ranked 44 in TI Corruption Perception Index 2006.
3. Third rudest city in Reader’s Digest 2006 survey.
4. Ranked 4/7 as 'Partly Free Country', the same as Bangladesh, Burkina Faso and Kuwait.
5. Listed in one of the countries using torture- 2004/2005, in the same league as Iran and Iraq.
6. Ranked 156 in the May 2007 FIFA Football World Ranking, the same as Grenada and Myanmar.