Malaysia will host Commonwealth Heads of State Meeting (Chogm) in 2019.
Describing CHOGM 2013 in Sri Lanka as successful, he shared his views with the international media and Malaysian media in two separate media conferences on the last day of the three-day meeting on Sunday.
He said the first encompassed appreciation for the Commonwealth’s core values, such as practising good democratic principles and basic human rights.
“This is a unique cluster of countries, functioning on a common history. Despite the diversity, we should not be divided,” he said.
Najib said the second value lay in the CHOGM’s theme this year, ‘Growth with Equity: Inclusive Development’, that could translate to domestic policy changes and improvements.
“We can share information and experience. From there we can make changes and improvements in our respective domestic policies for the benefit of the people in commonwealth countries,” he said.
On the third value, the prime minister said CHOGM could be an input provider for important meetings such as the Warsaw Climate Change Conference to be held this month and the World Trade Organisation Ministerial Conference in Bali in December.
“Commonwealth countries can bring up their objectives and decisions to steer the course of the meeting or forum,” he said.
He outlined the fourth value as CHOGM’s role of being a “thought leader” when deliberating universal issues.
Najib was among four Commonwealth leaders accorded the honour to join the media conference with Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Commonwealth Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma at the end of the CHOGM, which was attended by about 200 journalists.
The other leaders were Guyana president Donald Rabindranauth Ramotar, St Kitts & Nevis Prime Minister Denzil Douglas and South African President Jacob Zuma.
M’sia to host CHOGM
A 21-page CHOGM 2013 communique on the various matters agreed to by the leaders, including inclusive development, fair distribution of wealth and the Post-2015 United Nations Development Agenda, was issued at the conclusion of the meeting.
Najib said Malaysia will be hosting the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in 2019.
He said the matter was contained in a communique issued at the end of the 2013 CHOGM here Sunday.
Speaking to Malaysian journalists later, Najib said the Commonwealth’s governing body arrived at the decision after considering bids by members to be the host for the event.
Malaysia had made its bid to host the 2019 CHOGM during the 2011 CHOGM in Australia.
Najib was reported as saying that the year would be very significant as Malaysia last hosted the CHOGM in 1989, 30 years ago.
In this regard, the Prime Minister said Malaysia would also be hosting two more major conferences which were the Asean Summit in 2015 and the 2020 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Summit.