Dato’ Sri Mustapa Mohamed
Minister of International Trade and Industry, Malaysia
Dato’ Sri Mustapa Mohamed is the Minister of International Trade and Industry, Malaysia. He represents Jeli, Kelantan as its Member of Parliament – and was first elected in 1995. He was first sworn in as a Senator in 1991.
At present, Mustapa is currently helming the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) for the second term. Agencies under MITI are the Malaysia Industrial Development Authority (MIDA), Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE), SME Corporations (SMECorp), Small Medium Enterprises Bank (SME Bank), Halal Industry Corporations (HDC), Malaysia Productivity Corporations (MPC), Malaysia Industrial Development Finance (MIDF) and Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI).
He was invited to join the Malaysian Cabinet for the first time in 1995 as the Minister of Entrepreneur Development – a new portfolio entrusted to develop entrepreneurs. He was later appointed as the Finance Minister (II) in 1998. This was a historical appointment as he was the first Malaysian to hold two Ministerial portfolios at the same time.
A graduate with First Class Honours degree in economics from the University of Melbourne, Australia under the Colombo Scholarship, he attained a Masters in Economic Development from the Boston University, America under the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship. In 1997, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Commerce by the University of Melbourne, Australia and an Honorary Degree of Law by the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom in 2005. He was also awarded an Honorary Fellow of the National Institute of Public Administration
(INTAN) in 1997.