V. MULTILATERAL TRADE AND ENVIRONMENT AGREEMENTS
B. International cooperation
Malaysia is actively involved in the deliberations on international commodity issues in other international organizations and forums. Malaysia continues to emphasize the need to enhance and strengthen international cooperation in the efforts to resolve international issues, including those concerning commodities, and promote participation in joint programmes on commodity output and trade expansion. In addition, the government will continue to support joint approaches and policies that would contribute to the growth and development of the commodity sector in member countries.
As a further commitment towards strengthening cooperation among the developing countries, Malaysia hosted the first Group of 15 summit in June 1990 to discuss substantive economic and trade issues as well as consider project proposals aimed at fostering greater cooperation and coordination in the various fields within the South. Out of the 11 projects to be implemented, two are in the field of commodities, i.e., the Collaboration on the Utilization and Development of Non-metallic and International Workshop on Environmental Recovery of Mining Impact. Malaysia participated in the second Group of 15 summit held from 24 to 29 November 1991 in Caracas, and the third summit from 21 to 22 November 1992 in Dakar. The fourth summit was held in New Delhi in March 1994.
With regard to South-South cooperation and consultation, Malaysia has always played an active and constructive role in the deliberations among the developing countries, particularly in the case of stable commodity prices as well as cooperative efforts to address international commodity issues vis-à-vis the changing world situation, and better North-South relations and cooperation. The Ministry of Primary Industries will continue to support efforts to promote cooperation among the developing countries in the face of global uncertainty, declining demand and low prices for certain commodities.