10 October 2012: Conference on Look East Policy – A New Dimension & MAJECA-JAMECA 31st Joint Conference


The 31st MAJECA-JAMECA Joint Conference was held on 10 October 2012, after the Conference on “The Look East Policy – A New Dimension”. The lead organizer of the Look East Policy Conference was Malaysian Investment Development Authority MIDA. MAJECA and JAMECA were co-organisers.


Keynote Speaker

The Prime Minister of Malaysia, Hon. Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak, was the Keynote Speaker at the Conference in the morning.  The Prime Minister highlighted three things to work towards the future success of the Look East Programme, that is:


a)       Continue to acquire skills, knowledge and values and apply them further by widening the net and getting more SMEs involved.  To get more Japanese SMEs to work with Malaysian Companies in specialist areas like green technology, key technical services and other high value added sectors.


b)       Construct a Look East programme that is more targeted and closely linked to specific outcomes in line with Malaysia’s focus on high technology and knowledge driven industries such as industries related to management of the environment, energy saving and green technologies.


c)       Concentrate on building not just stronger graduates, but also stronger institutions.


Briefing by the Hon. Minister of International Trade & Industry, Malaysia

The Minister of International Trade & Industry, Malaysia, Hon. Dato’ Sri Mustapa Mohamed, presented a briefing on Malaysia as a preferred business destination.


Panel Discussion

The panellists and topics covered at this session were:


a)    Mr Mark Rozario, CEO, National Innovation Agency: Innovation, Technology & Skill Development : The Driver of the 2nd Wave of Japanese Investments

b)    Mr. Kimihisa Kitamura, Managing Director, Kawasaki Gas Turbine Asia Sdn. Bhd: Development and international expansion of Technology for energy-saving and energy-creation : Expanding to Malaysia and human resources development

c)     Mr. Tetsuro Kobayashi, Senior Managing Director, The Overseas Human Resources and Industry Development Association: Developing Human Resources to Establish a Foundation for High Technology in Malaysia


MAJECA-JAMECA 31st Joint Conference


The 31st Joint Conference commenced after luncheon.  Speakers made presentations on the following topics:

a)    Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal, Secretary-General, MAJECA: Future prospects of Malaysia-Japan economic cooperation including revitalization of Malaysia’s Look East Policy

b)    Mr Ku Kok Peng, Director, NKEA, ETP Investment & Oil Palm, PEMANDU: Malaysia, Prime For Investment

c)     Dato’ Hafsah Hashim, SME Corp Malaysia: The Success of MAJAICO & How It Had Created New Business Opportunities

d)    Datuk Takashi Hibi, President of the Japanese Chamber of Trade & Industry, Malaysia (JACTIM): Expansion of Japan-Malaysia Economic Relation supported by Look East Policy

e)    Mr. Masakazu Fujita, Chairman, Terasaki Electric Co., Ltd.: Harmony of globalization and localization : Cooperation with local suppliers in Malaysia and sharing new technology

f)      Mr. Tomoaki Saito, Director, AEON Credit Service (M) Berhad: Advantages of Malaysia as a financial market : Our business development and cooperation with local companies


Dinner Talk

Hon. Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was the guest speaker at the Dinner Talk hosted by the Deputy Minister of International Trade & Industry, Hon. Dato’ Mukhriz Tun Dr Mahathir.