35th MAJECA-JAMECA Joint Conference on 23 November 2017

1.0 The 35th MAJECA-JAMECA Joint Conference cum 40th Anniversary Celebration of MAJECA and JAMECA was successfully convened on 23 November 2017 at the Shangri-la Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  The theme was “MAJECA and JAMECA – Beyond 40 Years and into the Next Decade”.

 

Backdrop of the 35th MAJECA-JAMECA Joint Conference at the Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

 

(right) Tan Sri Azman Hashim, President of MAJECA welcoming Mr Mikio Sasaki, President of JAMECA at the conference

 

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(left to right) Dato’ Md Taib Abdul Hamid and Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal, both Vice-President of MAJECA arriving at the conference

(left to right) Tan Sri Azman Hashim, President of MAJECA, Mr Mikio Sasaki, President of JAMECA and H.E. Dr. Makio Miyagawa, Ambassador of Japan to Malaysia

(left to right) Dato’ Md Taib Abdul Hamid, Tan Sri Datuk Abdul Hamid Egoh, both Vice President of MAJECA and Mr Kazuo Ohmori, Vice President JAMECA

(center) Arrival of YB Datuk Chua Tee Yong, Deputy Minister of International Trade & Industry (Trade), Malaysia with (right) Tan Sri Azman Hashim, President of MAJECA and (left) Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal, Vice President of MAJECA

(left to right) Mr Mikio Sasaki, President of JAMECA, YB Datuk Chua Tee Yong, Deputy Minister of International Trade & Industry (Trade), Malaysia and (right) Tan Sri Azman Hashim, President of MAJECA

 

VIPs at the Opening Ceremony – (left to right) Mr Hidekazu Oshita, Secretary-General JAMECA, Mr Kazuo Ohmori, Vice President JAMECA, Mr Mikio Sasaki, President JAMECA, H.E. Dr Makio Miyagawa, Ambassador of Japan to Malaysia, YB Datuk Chua Tee Yong, Deputy Minister of MITI (Trade), Tan Sri Azman Hashim, President MAJECA, Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal, Vice President MAJECA and Tan Sri Datuk Abdul Hamid Egoh, Vice President MAJECA

 

Tan Sri Azman Hashim, President of MAJECA delivered the Opening Remarks at the 35th MAJECA-JAMECA Joint Conference

 

Mr Mikio Sasaki, President of JAMECA delivered the Opening Remarks

 

Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Egoh, Vice President of MAJECA delivered the Congratulatory Message from YAB Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Haji Abdul Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia

 

H.E. Dr. Makio Miyagawa, Ambassador of Japan to Malaysia reading the Congratulatory Message from H.E. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan

Participants at the conference

Participants at the conference

3.0 Malaysia hopes to achieve high income nation status and Vision 2020 by year 2020.  Beyond 2020, Malaysia is also looking into a National Transformation Plan 2020 to 2050 known as TN50.  Malaysia is also a vibrant part of ASEAN and the ASEAN Economic community.  The next step is the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, which includes Japan in the ASEAN+3+3 framework.

Japan is aiming for “Regional Revitalization” in order to overcome population decline and to revitalise the local economy in Japan.

The 35th MAJECA-JAMECA Joint Conference discussed trends and opportunities  for the next decade whilst reviewing its achievements in the last 40 years.

4.0 Keynote Address by YB Datuk Chua Tee Yong, Deputy Minister of International Trade & Industry (Trade), Malaysia

YB Datuk Chua Tee Yong, Deputy Minister of International Trade & Industry (Trade), Malaysia delivered the Keynote Address and officiated the Opening of the 35th MAJECA-JAMECA Joint Conference

The Honorary Deputy Minister of International Trade & Industry (Trade), Malaysia acknowledged that MAJECA had been pivotal in promoting closer economic relations between the private sectors of Malaysia and Japan, and greatly instrumental for the substantial flow of investments from Japan into Malaysia.  Malaysian Government is committed to build deeper economic ties with Japan through collaborations with JETRO-MIDA-MATRADE via seminars, roundtable meetings with SME Industries, business matching  programmes and business missions.  Projects implemented under the LEP 2.0 have yielded commendable outcomes across multiple sectors.

4.1 Special Address by H.E. Dr Makio Miyagawa, Ambassador of Japan to Malaysia – “Japan-Malaysia Partnerships for the Future”

 

H.E. Dr. Makio Miyagawa, Ambassador of Japan to Malaysia

H.E. Dr Miyagawa in his Special Address recognized that there were many opportunities  for Malaysia and Japan to collaborate.  This included the robust infrastructure development in Malaysia, Islamic Market Development, opportunities for collatorations and interactions between Japan and Malaysia in the digital economy, development of SMEs as supporting industries to the Japanese MNC, amongst others.

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Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal, Vice President of MAJECA gave a presentation on “MAJECA-JAMECA – Beyond 40 years and into the next decade” at the joint conference

4.3YB Datuk Chua Tee Yong, Deputy Minister of International Trade & Industry (Trade) and YBhg Tan Sri Azman Hashim launched the MAJECA 40th Anniversary Special Edition Book entitled “Enabling Economic Empowerment”.

(left to right) YB Datuk Chua Tee Yong, Tan Sri Azman Hashim and Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal at the launching of the MAJECA 40th Anniversary Special Edition Book

 

VIPs holding a copy of the newly launched MAJECA 40th Anniversary Special Edition Book

 

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Speakers at the Plenary Session 1 on “Japan-Malaysia Economic & Business Relations – 40 Years & Moving Forward”

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Mr Kazuo Ohmori, Vice President of JAMECA presented a paper on “For the New Frontier of JAPAN-MALAYSIA Economic Relationship”

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Mr Kenji Ohta, Vice Chairman of The Japanese Chamber of Trade & Industry Malaysia (JACTIM) on “Japanese Companies in Malaysia – A Reflection of the past 40 years”

 

Participants posing questions during the Q & A session

 

 

Speakers at the Plenary Session 2 on “Building a strong digital innovation ecosystem with technology changing the business norms”

 

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Mr Hew Wee Choong, Vice President, Investment & Industry Development, Malaysian Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) on “Championing Malaysia’s Digital Economy”

 

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Ms Elena Tan, General Manager, Commerce DotAsia Ventures Sdn Bhd shared about “Key factors and best practices to succeed in e-Commerce”

 

 

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Mr Yuichi Ino, General Manager, Corporate Planning Office, GMOTECH Inc. presented the “History of Mobile Digital Marketing and its Potential in Malaysia, Japan and Asian countries”

 

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Mr Yoshiharu Akahane, Senior Manager of NTT Data Corporation presented on the “NTT Data and the Blockchain Trade Consortium”

Speakers at the Plenary Session 3 on “Accessing the Global Market for Halal Goods and Services”

 

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Dato’ Seri Ibrahim bin Haji Ahmad, Executive Chairman of Brahim’s Holdings Berhad presented on the “Halal Certified Goods and Services fo the Muslim Market in Japan”

 

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Mr Laurence Chooi, Senior Vice President of Aladdin Group Sdn Bhd presented a paper on “e-Commerce – Selling Halal Products Online for the Global Market”

 

An overview of the market for Halal goods and services:

■ 1.8 billion Muslims worldwide (3 billion 2060).
■ HALAL market USD2.3 trillion (USD3.7 trillion 2019).
■ Increasing demands from non-Muslims countries.
■ HALAL  tourism spending – USD200 billion by 2020.
■ HALAL Cosmetics –USD73 billion by 2019.
■ HALAL Pharmaceuticals – USD370 billion by 2021.
■ HALAL – One of the fastest growing segment in e-commerce

 

 

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Mr Yushi Inoue, Deputy Managing Director of Kewpie Malaysia Sdn Bhd made a presentation on “Challenges for Halal Business”

 

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Mr Roslan Osman, Senior Manager of Nippon Express (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd presented on the “Global Logistics Service for the Halal Market”

 

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Mr Koji Takeda of Obihiro Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Japan presentation on “Obihiro, Hokkaido – Development of Halal Food with Kedah State SMEs through JICA Partnership Program”

 

 

5.0 YBhg Tan Sri Azman Hashim, in his closing speech, reiterated that there were many new areas of co-operation that can be explored and built upon between the members of MAJECA and JAMECA.  The digital era has enabled current businesses to have new channels and platforms to reach customers on a global scale.  Boldness was needed to embrace these changes.  The President welcomed mutually beneficial collaborations between Malaysian and Japanese businesses with new innovations and technology expertise in order to better compete in the global arena.  The Japanese companies were also encouraged to use Malaysia as their base.

The President also encouraged JAMECA to work alongside MAJECA to raise the profile of the Joint Conferences to be a key annual event for Industry leaders and players to meet and collaborate and to spur new business collaborations between our private sectors.

Tan Sri Azman Hashim, President of MAJECA presented the Chairman’s Summary at the Closing Ceremony of the conference

Closing Remarks by Mr Mikio Sasaki, President of JAMECA

(left to right) Mr Hidekazu Oshita, Secretary-General JAMECA, Mr Kazuo Ohmori, Vice President JAMECA, Mr Mikio Sasaki, President JAMECA, Tan Sri Azman Hashim, President MAJECA and Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal, Vice President MAJECA

 

6.0 MAJECA hosted a dinner for participants of the 35th MAJECA-JAMECA Joint Conference at the Shangri-La Hotel.

Tan Sri Azman Hashim, President of MAJECA delivered the Opening Speech at the dinner.  In his speech, Tan Sri Azman expressed MAJECA’s thanks and appreciation to Mr Mikio Sasaki, Co-Chairman and President of JAMECA, Mr Kazuo Ohmori, Vice President of JAMECA, Mr Hidekazu Oshita, Secretary-General of JAMECA, all distinguished Speakers from Japan and Malaysia, all sponsors for the Joint Conference, participants from Japan and Malaysia and MAJECA and JAMECA Secretariat staff who assisted to make the conference a success.

Tan Sri Azman Hashim, President of MAJECA delivered the Opening Speech at the dinner

 

 

Speech by H.E. Dr. Makio Miyagawa, Ambassador of Japan to Malaysia

Closing Speech by Mr Kazuo Ohmori, Vice-President of JAMECA

 

(left) Tan Sri Azman Hashim presenting a souvenir to Mr Mikio Sasaki, President of JAMECA at the dinner

7.0 The 36th JAMECA-MAJECA Joint Conference will be held in Japan in 2018.

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