The Ministry of International Trade & Industry (MITI) launched the MITI Consultative Dialogue 2019 on 12 September 2019 at the Perdana Hall with the theme “Rebuilding Malaysia Together”- Strengthening Synergies between Government and Industry. The purpose was to relook at the Government’s policies for the last ten years and to rethink Malaysia’s trade, investment and industrial development policies.
Prior to the Launch, MITI had invited the national and international Chambers of Commerce, Business and Industry Associations in Malaysia to provide feedback on the issues faced in respect of the business operations of their members and suggested solutions (if any).
At the Launch, MITI Minister YB Datuk Darell Leiking informed that 54 memorandums highlighting 379 issues were submitted by 108 associations to MITI. There were 12 main clusters:
• Market access
• Labour/ workforce / talent
• Logistics / infrastructure
At the launch on 12 September 2019, YB Dr Ong Kian Ming, Deputy MITI Minister gave a presentation as follow:-
The launch of the MITI Consultative Dialogue was followed by a month-long engagement with the 108 business associations and Chambers of Commerce.
MAJECA had submitted a memorandum highlighting feedback from members.
Following the month-long engagements with MITI, a town-hall session over one and half days was held on 15-16 October 2019 at MITI.
On 15 October 2019, YB MITI Minister, YB Deputy MITI Minister, top officials of MITI and senior representatives from the relevant government ministries were present to dialogue with the industry groups.
On 16 October 2019, a Joint Ministerial Dialogue Session was held with the attendance of Ministers and Deputy Ministers from Ministry of Health, Ministry of Primary Industries, Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment & Climate Change, Ministry of Entrepreneurship Development, Ministry of Domestic Trade & Consumerism and senior officers from other Ministries and Government Bodies.
Contents of the Joint Ministerial Dialogue Session
Ministry No. of Issues
Ministry of International Trade & Industry (MITI) – 3
Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) – 5
Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment & Climate Change (MESTECC) – 6
Ministry of Health (MOH) – 3
Ministry of Human Resources (MOHR) – 3
Ministry of Home Affairs (MOHA) – 2
Ministry of Finance (MOF) – 6
Ministry of Water, Land & Natural Resources (KATS) – 1
The Business Associations and Chambers of Commerce were encouraged to meet with the relevant Government bodies to work out possible solutions to the issues raised.