Dr. Akio Mimura, Chairman of the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) led a high-level JCCI Economic Mission to Thailand and Malaysia on 4 and 5 February 2016. Dr Akio Mimura is the Senior Advisor and Honorary Chairman of Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation. The delegation sought to enhance the bilateral relationship between Japan and Malaysia, to support the globalization activities of Japanese SMEs, as well as to explore business development of Japanese companies in and with Malaysia, and to look for collaboration possibilities with Malaysian companies.
With these objectives, JCCI and MAJECA jointly organized the “Malaysia-Japan Economic Forum” on 4 February 2016 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.
The Forum highlighted the business potential in Malaysia, focusing on 2 primary topics:-
(i) Energy Issues & Concerns/ Energy Efficiency,
(ii) Malaysia’s position as a Halal Hub
Dr. Akio Mimura, Chairman of the Japan Chamber of Commerce & Industry (JCCI) delivered the Opening Remarks and Tan Sri Azman Hashim, President of MAJECA delivered the Welcome Remarks at the Forum.
The Second Minister of International Trade and Industry, Malaysia, YB Dato’ Seri Ong Ka Chuan delivered the Keynote Speech at the Forum. In his Keynote Speech, the Second MITI Minister gave an update on Malaysia’s Economy and also addressed issues on economic integration, particularly through TPP, RCEP and the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) and offered encouragement and support from the Malaysian Government on how these regional platforms can enhance Malaysia’s economic growth and global market reach through the Japanese participation in the various economic sectors.
Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal, Vice-President and Honorary Secretary of MAJECA and Mr Toru Ishida, President of JCCI and Tokyo Chamber of Commerce & Industry chaired the Panel Session 2.
Session 2 speakers included:-
(a) Energy Issues & Concerns/Energy Efficiency
(i) Ms Zuaida Abdullah, Director, Clean Technology & Environment Management Division, Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA)
(ii) Mr Kazuaki Kama, Chairman of the Board, IHI Corporation, Japan
(b) Halal Food Supply Chain
(i) Mr Mohd Aminuddin Sham Tajuddin, Director of Food, Biotech and Halal Section, Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE)
(ii) Mr Nasser Abu Bakar, Associate Director, Brahims Holding Berhad
(iii) Mr Toshiro Uchida, Executive Officer, International Business Headquarters, Nippon Express Co. Ltd., Japan
80 MAJECA members from 50 companies together with 54 JCCI delegates from 23 companies, attended the Forum.
Some of the newspaper cuttings on the event
Visit of Mr Akira Kajita, Managing Director, JETRO and Team to MAJECA Secretariat on 18 February 2016
Mr Akira Kajita, Managing Director of JETRO, Kuala Lumpur office together with Mr Yoshihisa Takenaga, Senior Director and Mr Rasol Abu Bakar, Director visited MAJECA Secretariat on 18 February 2016 and met Ms Ng Su Fun, Executive Secretary and Ms Florence Khoo, Asst. Executive Secretariat of MAJECA.
JETRO will be organising an “Invest Japan Symposium” on 15 March 2016 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.
MAJECA is a supporting organisation of this symposium together with MATRADE and MIDA. The event is supported by:
- The Ministry of International Trade & Industry (MITI), Malaysia
- Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Japan
- Embassy of Japan in Malaysia
- The Japanese Chamber of Trade & Industry, Malaysia (JACTIM)
- ASEAN Business Club and ASEAN BAC