45th ASEAN-Japan Business Meeting (AJBM) 12-14 December 2019 in Tokyo

The 45th ASEAN-Japan Business Meeting (AJBM) was successfully held at the Imperial Hotel, Tokyo, Japan on 13 December 2019.  The theme of the conference was “New Reality and Opportunity for ASEAN & Japan in the Face of New Global Trends”.

The Japanese side was led by Mr Nobuhide Hayashi, Chairman of the 45th AJBM and Senior Advisor of Mizuho Bank Ltd.

Introduction by Mr Nobuhide Hayashi, Chairman of the 45th AJBM and Senior Advisor of Mizuho Bank Ltd. at the Opening Ceremony

Opening Ceremony

Mr Keiichiro Hashimoto, Vice Chairman and President of Keizai Doyukai gave the Welcome Remarks.

2 special guests gave remarks.  They were:

  • Mr Norihiro Nakayama, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Japan
  • H.E. Mr Singtong Lapisatepun, Royal Thai Ambassador to Japan

Mr Norihiro Nakayama, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Japan

 

H.E. Mr Singtong Lapisatepun, Royal Thai Ambassador to Japan

Plenary Session I

The theme for the presentation by Softbank was “What Digitalization Brings to Asia; Business Model Transformation and New Opportunities in Asia”.

The presenters were:

  • Mr Yasuyuki Imai – Senior Vice Officer and COO
  • Mr Daichi Nozaki – VP & Head of Global Business Division

Mr Yasuyuki Imai – Senior Vice Officer and COO, Softbank

Mr Daichi Nozaki – VP & Head of Global Business Division, Softbank

Softbank presentation at the 45th AJBM:

 

The 2nd Keynote was presented Mr Yasuyuki Konuma, Director & Senior Executive Officer of Tokyo Stock Exchange.

Mr Yasuyuki Konuma, Director & Senior Executive Officer of Tokyo Stock Exchange

Tokyo Stock Exchange presentation:

 

ASEAN-Japan Startups Panel during Lunch Session

During lunch, 5 ASEAN/Japan Startup made a presentation to the AJBM members on their startup business.  These 5 startups were:

1. Mr Mitsuru Izumo, CEO & Founder of Euglena

Euglena is a microalgae.  Euglena is the world’s first biotechnology company that has succeeded to mass cultivate microalgae Euglena, in the outdoors, for food use.

2. Mr Yoshihiro Ota, Head of CEO Office, Axelspace Corporation

Axelspace specializes in space-related industries.  It offers solutions based on microsatellite technology designs and produce microsatellites and related components and all business related to microsatellite data.  Their vision is “Space within your reach”.

3. Mr Naoji Taniguchi, CEO & CTO, Holoeyes

Holoeyes is a data driven company providing surgeons with VR/AR/MR based communication, planning, navigation and education services for doctors and hospitals.

4. Mr Jeffrey Foo, Regional Group Director for Japan & Korea, LIV3LY Pte. Ltd.-Singapore

LIV3LY aims to empower generations of fitness, targeting youth to fitness and healthy lifestyles through the LIV3LY app that combines a fitness tracker, social media and market place platforms and healthy fitness event platform.

5. Mr Sean Ong, Regional Group Director for Japan & Korea, Enterprise Singapore

Enterprise Singapore is under the purview of the Ministry of Trade & Industry of Singapore.  Its mission is to grow stronger SME enterprises by building capabilities and accessing global opportunities, thereby creating good jobs for Singaporeans.

Singapore business environment is friendly and has a conducive ecosystem for startups to thrive.

6. Mr Prasetio Erlimus, CEO, PT Compro Kotak Inovasi – Indonesia.

Compro is an Indonesian startup company with a mission to help companies/organisations to use technology through mobile apps to reach wider audience of customers, engaging sellers, distributions, resellers, influencers and ultimately consumers.

Mr Naoaki Mashita, CEO & Founder of V-Cube, moderated the lunch session

Mr Mitsuru Izumo, CEO & Founder of Euglena

Mr Sean Ong, Regional Group Director for Japan & Korea, Enterprise Singapore

(left to right) Mr Hashimoto Keiichiro, Vice Chairman and President, Keizai Doyukai. Mr Cecil Leong, Regional Director, Trade Consulting, Asia Pacific, K&L Gates Straits Las LLC, Tan Sri Azman Hashim, President MAJECA, Mr Kusumo A Martoredjo, Chairman, PT. Hasdianka Sejahtera, Mr Shazali Suliman, Partner, Shazali & Partners and Mr Gerard Sanvictores, Chairman, Quantum Group/QRD Investors Inc. at the lunch session

 

3 Breakout Sessions were held.  They were:

  1. Connecting the Markets and enhancing Opportunities – Digital changes consumer market (E-commerce).
  2. Upgrading Industries – Digital changes industry infrastructure and value chains (manufacturing & human resources).
  3. Enhancing well-being for all – Smart, sustainable and quality solutions (smart city solutions, energy & environment, mobility).

(left to right) Mr Kazufumi Watanabe, Vice President of Amazon Japan moderated Breakout Session 1 with Mr Noriyoshi Fukuoka, Deputy Director Trade Promotion Division, Trade and Economic Corporation Bureau, METI, Dato’ Ng Wan Peng, Chief Operating Officer, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), Mr Shinya Fujii, Director-General, Digital Trade and New Industry Dept., JETRO and Mr Masaki Yamauchi, Chairperson of the Board of Directors, Yamato Holdings Co., Ltd.

Dato’ Ng Wan Peng, Chief Operating Officer, MDEC giving a presentation at Breakout Session 1

Session 2 was moderated by Mr Fuminao Hachiuma, President & CEO, J-Oil Mills, Inc.

(left to right) Mr Fuminao Hachiuma, President & CEO, J-Oil Mills, Inc., moderated Breakout Session 2 with Mr Takaaki Fuchu, Associate Director Singapore, Deloite, Mr Hideyuki Kurata, Senior Executive Officer & GM, Technology General Div., AGC, Mr Akihiro Ueda, CEO & Director of Asia EV Business, Terra Motors, Ms Miku Hirano, CEO, Cinnamon, Mr Ferdinand Ferrer, President, EMS Components Assembly Inc. and Mr Anthony Raja Devadoss, Managing Director & Business Head- Asia Pacific , Persolkelly Consulting, Sdn Bhd

 

Mr Anthony Raja Devadoss, Managing Director & Business
Head – Asia Pacific of Persolkelly Consulting Sdn Bhd

Session 3 was moderated by Mr Toshio Asano, Former President and CEO, Asahi Kasei Corporation.

 

Mr Takuya Kitamura, President of Sensyn Robotics presenting a paper at Breakout Session 3

Plenary Session 2

It was noted that E-commerce will definitely grow. Digitalization is already impacting the manufacturing industrial sector.  Manufacturing supply chains are changing, including the speed to change.  Artificial Intelligence (AI) is also changing the way how Human Resources are being identified, hired & trained or retrained.  Infrastructure requirements in the digital age is also changing, impacting existing business models.  The concept of infrastructure now includes ICT, software management and HR capital development.

Closing Remarks

The 45th AJBM discussed the new reality brought on by e-commerce and digitalization to changing business models and manufacturing value chains.  The meeting took cognizance of the need for ASEAN-Japan business partnerships to evolve beyond the traditional models.  The meeting acknowledged massive changes and disruptions brought on by globalizations and digitalization in the 10 different ASEAN economies and all 10 countries are experiencing changes at different levels and at different speeds.  The meeting also discussed the future model of ASEAN-Japan partnerships and mutual expectations with emphasis on the power of digitalization and the need to engage start-ups.  Japan acknowledged that there was a need to find a way to prosper together, develop deeper understanding, challenge and desire for win-win relationships.

MAJECA will host the 46th ASEAN-Japan Business Meeting in Malaysia in 2020.




Amazon Japan Kawasaki Fulfillment Center

Keizai Doyukai facilitated a visit to Amazon Fulfillment Center in Kawasaki for the AJBM delegates on 14 December 2019.

Participants visited the Amazon Japan Kawasaki Fulfillment Centre in Kawasaki




45th ASEAN-Japan Business Meeting (AJBM)

PICTURES GALLERY

(right) Tan Sri Azman Hashim, Mr Kengo Sakurada, Chairman of Keizai Doyukai and (left) Mr Fuminao Hachiuma, President & CEO, J-Oil Mills, Inc.

(left) Tan Sri Azman Hashim with Mr Nobuhide Hayashi, Chairman of 45th AJBM

Tan Sri Azman Hashim giving a thank you speech at the dinner

(left) Mr Sae Tong Phu, President/CEO of ANCO Brothers Co., Ltd., Mr Supong Chayutsahakij, Executive Director, Bangkok Expressway and Metro Public Company Limited and Tan Sri Azman Hashim

Tan Sri Azman Hashim with the Malaysian team at the 45th AJBM in Tokyo, Japan

Tan Sri Azman Hashim (3rd from left to right), Datuk Jason Tai Hee, Ms Ng Su Fun
and JAGAM members participating at the 45th AJBM

Seated, left to right – Mr Hideyuki Kurata, Senior Executive Officer & General Manager of
Technology General Div. AGC and Ms Fujiyo Ishiguro, President & CEO, Netyear Group
Corporation (Standing, left to right) Mr Kazufumi Watanabe, Vice-President, Amazon
Japan G.K. and Mr Keiichiro Hashimoto, Vice Chairman & President, Keizai Doyukai

Left to right : Ms Ng Su Fun, Executive Secretary MAJECA, Tan Sri Dato’ Dr. Michael Yeoh Oon
Kheng, MAJECA Honorary Secretary, Tan Sri Azman Hashim, MAJECA President, Dato’ Ng Wan
Peng, Chief Operating Officer, MDEC and Datuk Jason Tai Hee, MAJECA Vice-President

Mr Yeonhang Chuah, EXCO member MAJECA and Datuk Jason Tai Hee, MAJECA Vice-President

Mr Kazufumi Watanabe, Vice-President, Amazon Japan G.K. and Dato’ Ng Wan Peng,
Chief Operating Officer of MDEC

Mr Fuminao Hachiuma, President & CEO, J-Oils, Inc., and Mr Anthony Raja Devadoss, Managing Director & Business Head – Asia Pacific, Persolkelly Consulting Sdn Bhd

Courtesy Call by JAGAM on President of MAJECA on 15 November 2019

On 15 November 2019,  Mr Gary Tang, President of the Japan Graduates Association of Malaysia (JAGAM), Mr Goh Peng Ooi, Advisor of JAGAM, Mr Kong Kok King and Mr Ang Kim Sin, EXCO member of JAGAM paid a courtesy call on Tan Sri Azman Hashim, President of MAJECA.  Dato’ Md Taib Abdul Hamid and Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal, Vice Presidents of MAJECA, Ms Ng Su Fun, Executive Secretary and Ms Florence Khoo, Asst. Executive Secretary, MAJECA also attended the meeting at Tan Sri Azman’s office.

Left to right: Mr Ang Kim Sin, Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal, Mr Goh Peng Ooi, Tan Sri Azman Hashim, Mr Gary Tang, Ms Ng Su Fun, Dato’ Md Taib Abdul Hamid and Mr Kong Kok King

Technical Visit to SEDA on 12 November 2019

MAJECA organised a briefing by Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA) for MAJECA members at SEDA’s office in Putrajaya on 12 November 2019.

Puan Azah Ahmad, Senior Director of Strategic Planning, SEDA presented a paper to MAJECA members on:-

1. Vision, Policy & Regulations for Sustainable Energy for Malaysia
2. Introduction to SEDA and SEDA’s Renewable Energy Programme on Net Energy Metering (NEW) and Fee-in-Tariff (FIT)

 

Puan Azah Ahmad, Senior Director of Strategic Planning, SEDA introduced the Renewable Energy Programmes currently administered by SEDA to MAJECA members

 

 

Ms Ng Su Fun, Executive Secretary MAJECA gave the closing remarks for MAJECA

 

MAJECA members attending the briefing at SEDA’s office in Putrajaya

 

(2nd from right) Ms Ng Su Fun, Executive Secretary, MAJECA and participants from the Japan Graduates Association of Malaysia (JAGAM)

 

Left to right: Ms Ng Su Fun, Dato’ Lawrence Lim Swee Lin presenting a token of appreciation to Puan Azah Ahmad

SEDA website: www.seda.gov.my

10th Asian Business Summit (ABS) on 17 October 2019 in Hanoi, Vietnam

The 10th Asian Business Summit (ABS) was held on 17 October 2019 at the Daewoo Hotel, Hanoi, Vietnam hosted the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI).  Led by KEIDANREN Japan, representatives from apex business organisations from Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, India, P.R. China, Korea and Taiwan participated in the meeting.  Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal, Vice-President of MAJECA, represented Malaysia at the 10th ABS.

Topics included:

PLENARY SESSION I: DIGITAL ASIA: COLLABORATION FOR INNOVATIVE AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

  • Growth Strategy (innovation, data, technology): Promoting innovative development
  • Smart Society (agriculture, health care, urbanization, environment): Ensuring sustainable development

PLENARY SESSION II: GLOBAL ASIA: PARTNERSHIP FOR INCLUSIVE DEVELOPMENT

  • Free Trade and Global Value Chain: Promoting economic inclusiveness
  • Infrastructure and Human Resource: Strengthening regional collaboration

10th Asian Business Summit in session

Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal at the 10th ABS

Group photo

Group photo of the main representatives

A Joint Statement was issued at the close of the event.

The 10th Asian Business Summit

Joint Statement

Asia Super Connect for Sustainable Development

 

October 17, 2019

On October 17, 2019, 12 Asian business organizations gathered together in Hanoi for the 10th Asian Business Summit (ABS). The Summit agreed that the close collaboration between economies in the region is the key to the sustainable and inclusive development. In particular, in the digital era with abrupt technological changes, a comprehensive cooperation in all areas, ranging across technology, infrastructure, human resources, agriculture, health care, environment and financing is indispensable. The Summit adopted a joint statement which expresses the shared commitment and efforts of the Asian businesses towards realizing the goal of inclusive and sustainable development and shared prosperity.

1.    Digital Asia: Collaboration for innovative and sustainable development

(a)  Growth Strategy: Promoting innovative development

As the world entering the fourth industrial revolution, challenges of digitalization and innovation is affecting all sectors across societies in many ways. Asian economies should commit to a policy framework of openness and exploration of opportunities arising from the digital innovation revolution, fostering implementation of technological advances in all areas of human activity.

Particularly, businesses which are a pioneering force of the economies, should be enabled to continuously innovate in terms of technology and, management so as to have robust and sustainable business models. Asian business communities must promote sound businesses with focus on corporate social responsibility, environment and climate change issues, and green technologies, thus enabling resource efficiency and promoting circular economy.

For that, the Asian business community will strengthen cooperation and focus on innovation that can connect the economies in global value chain, bringing mutual benefits for everyone regardless of their level of economic development, and promoting sustainable growth in the region.

The Asian business community realize the importance of cyber security and the need of closer cooperation at the regional and global levels.

(b) Smart Society: Ensuring sustainable development

Vibrant economic development leads to rapid urbanization and climate change. Additionally, many Asian cities are close to the sea, facing phenomena like typhoons, cyclones, earthquakes and other natural disasters. There is critical need for bolstering economic growth and preserving the environment, tackling climate change to ensure sustainable development, thereby promoting need of co-operation works amongst economies which will result in smart societies in the future.

Businesses will need to work hand in hand with the government to collaborate in setting green production standards, which is an important element in the effort to tackle climate change, to make the best use of river water resources, fostering green growth.

Business communities encourage Asian cities to network and to share experiences and best practices for the development of smart societies.

2.        Global Asia: Partnership for Inclusive Development

(a)  Free Trade and Global Value Chain: Promoting economic inclusiveness

Despite some uncertainties raised by protectionism and nationalism, Asian business communities are committed to free and open trade which is the best option to deliver sustainable and inclusive growth resulting in prosperity of all our economies.

We reaffirm that the expansion of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and acceleration towards the early realization of Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Agreement are key goals in attaining regional economic integration and we will support such trade agreements.  Also, we agree that Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) and Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) should not be exclusive and that trade should be liberalized so as to achieve WTO compatibility, in moving towards the direction of universal benefit for everyone.

Asian business associations also agree that MSMES continue to be the backbone of many Asian economies. Thus, we would encourage the MSMEs to successfully conduct businesses across borders and participate in global value chain, while expanding their innovative capabilities and global presence though internet and digital economy and e-commerce platform.

The business community in Asia also strongly supports and recognizes the importance of the role of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and a rules-based multilateral trading system, encouraging trade growth especially for MSMEs. We also call for the immediate resolution of the crisis in the WTO’s dispute settlement system, which plays a key role in WTO. It is also important for the reform of the existing WTO rules to keep up to date to the modern business models especially in the current digital economy.

(b)  Infrastructure and Human Resources: Strengthening regional collaboration

Infrastructure and human resources are critical to advancing economic growth. Imbalanced development of infrastructure amongst economies slows down smooth flows of goods and services, hindering both intra and inter-regional trade. Asian business community calls for an effective mechanism to support public private partnership in the infrastructure development. A greater regulatory certainty along with simplification and clarity of administrative processes and reduction of red tape will help facilitate the financing for infrastructure projects.

On the other hand, capacity building and human resource are also key issues on the regional cooperation program. In the digital era marked by rapid advancement in automation and artificial intelligence, many traditional jobs will be replaced, and new skills will be required to meet the demand of new technologies. Initiatives to foster start-up, innovative companies, and high-tech businesses should be encouraged. An effective collaboration on human resource among economies will enhance the overall regional competitiveness.

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MITI Consultative Dialogue (MCD) 2019 – Townhall Session on 15-16 October 2019

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:

• Investment
• Market access
• Technology
• Labour/ workforce / talent
• Taxation
• Facilitation
• Logistics / infrastructure

At the launch on 12 September 2019, YB Dr Ong Kian Ming, Deputy MITI Minister gave a presentation as follow:-

1.   INVESTMENT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.  INDUSTRY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.  TRADE

 

 

 

 

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.

Preparatory Meeting for the 45th ASEAN-Japan Business Meeting on 29 July 2019

AJBM Malaysia, led by MAJECA President, Tan Sri Azman Hashim, hosted the preparatory meeting in Kuala Lumpur for the AJBM Steering Committee to meet and discuss the programme for the 45th ASEAN-Japan Business Meeting (AJBM) that is scheduled to be held from 12 to 14 December 2019 at the Imperial Hotel, Tokyo, Japan.  Representatives from seven (7) ASEAN countries, Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and also from Keizai Doyukai, Japan attended the meeting.   AJBM Malaysia also hosted a dinner for all the AJBM delegates after the meeting.

Tan Sri Azman Hashim (5th from left) with AJBM Japan Chairman, Nobuhide Hayashi 4th from left) and representatives from ASEAN and Japan

 

 

MAJECA hosted a Farewell Luncheon for Ambassador of Japan to Malaysia on 24 October 2019

MAJECA President, Tan Sri Azman Hashim and Vice-Presidents, Dato’ Md Taib Abdul Hamid and Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal hosted a farewell lunch for H.E. Dr. Makio Miyagawa, Ambassador of Japan to Malaysia on 24 October 2019.

(left to right) Ms Ng Su Fun, Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal, H.E. Dr. Makio Miyagawa, Ambassador of Japan to Malaysia, Tan Sri Azman Hashim, President of MAJECA and Dato’ Md Taib Abdul Hamid

 

H.E. Dr. Makio Miyagawa had an illustrious five and-a-half year term as Ambassador of Japan to Malaysia. During his term, there were many high-level exchanges and visits that have kept Malaysia-Japan relationships on a firm footing. Japan remains no. 1 foreign investor in Malaysia. Inspite of the global economic slowdown and geopolitical tensions, Malaysia-Japan business relations continued to grow as new sectors and industries open-up possibilities arising from Industry 4.0. This was especially given a boost when Tun Dr. Mahathir returned as Prime Minister in 2018. The rejuvenation of the Look East Policy brought Malaysia-Japan ties to new heights, as evidenced through the establishment of a Japanese University branch campus in Kuala Lumpur, Japanese assistance through the issuance of yen – demoninated bonds, collaboration in the areas of transportation modes and in the defence fields, amongst others.

MAJECA extends its warmest greetings and best wishes to H.E. Dr. Makio Miyagawa on his successful tour of duty in Malaysia.

(2nd from right) Tan Sri Azman Hashim presenting a souvenir to H.E. Dr. Makio Miyagawa with (left) Dato’ Md Taib Abdul Hamid and (right) Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal

 

Meeting with Kansai Economonic Federation (KANKEIREN) on 20 September 2019

KANKEIREN officials from the International Affairs Dept. visited MAJECA on 20 September 2019.  They were Mr Toru Nagatsu, General Manager and Mr Yasumasa Nakanishi, Senior Officer, Asia Business Creation Platform Office.

Their visit to Malaysia was to meet with economic organisations to inform and promote KANKEIREN’s new platform, i.e. Asia Business Creation Platform (ABC Platform).

This platform enables KANKEIREN to work together with economic organisations in Asian countries and Kansai region to provide opportunities for business creation.

The Asian member organisations are currently the following:-

•  Indonesia –  Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
•  Malaysia   –  National Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia (NCCIM)
•  Myanmar  –  The Republic of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce & Industry
•  Philippine –  Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry
•  Singapore –  Singapore Manufacturing Federation
•  Thailand   –  The Federation of Thai Industries
•  Vietnam   –  Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry
•  Japan       –  Kansai Economic Federation (KANKEIREN)

ABC Platform country leaders will gather once a year to determine action plans, sharing of achievement and challenges.

5 working groups have been created , each with a Japanese organisation as Project Manager.  These include:-

•  HR Development/Utiilization – Ehle Institute
•  Medical / Nursing Care – SOMPO Holdings
•  SME – Resona Bank
•  Agriculture – Kubota
•  Tourism – Japan Association of Travel Agents (JATA)

NCCIM has proposed to ABC Platform to organise a seminar in Kansai region to promote the Concept of Halal to Japanese SME enterprises involved in the Food & Food processing sector.  This is planned for October 2019.

 

(left) Mr Toru Nagatsu, General Manager and (right) Mr Yasumasa Nakanishi, Senior Officer, Asia Business Creation Platform Office, both from the International Affairs Department of Kansai Economic Federation (KANKEIREN), Japan with (center) Ms Ng Su Fun, Executive Secretary of MAJECA

 

MAJECA Networking Lunch with Ambassador of Japan and top officials from JACTIM and JETRO on 17 September 2019

President of MAJECA, Tan Sri Azman Hashim hosted a working lunch for H.E. Dr. Makio Miyagawa, Ambassador of Japan to Malaysia and top officials from The Japanese Chamber of Trade & Industry, Malaysia (JACTIM) and Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) on 17 September 2019.

(left to right) H.E. Dr. Makio Miyagawa, Ambassador of Japan to Malaysia, Tan Sri Azman Hashim, President of MAJECA and Mr Daiji Kojima, Vice President, Chairman of Management Affair Committee of JACTIM & Managing Director & CEO, Country Chairman of Mitsui Co (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd

 

The luncheon was held in the spirit of broadening the dialogue and communications channels, building closer rapport and improving institutional relationship.

There was general consensus that there was a need to intensify dialogue with/from all angles.  MAJECA offered to be a conduit to assist, facilitate and expedite the entry process of Japanese investments into Malaysia.

JACTIM and JETRO offered their services to work closer with MAJECA on issues where our respective objectives align.

Given the swift changes in the business arena resulting from the advancement of the internet enabled technologies, and digitalisation all parties agreed that there was an  urgency to invite and enlist the younger generation with the new-age skill sets and businesses to come on board MAJECA.

There are also increasing trends of Malaysian investments into Japan and MAJECA is keen to welcome these into its membership.

MAJECA is grateful to H.E. Ambassador of Japan and top officials from JACTIM and JETRO for making time to have lunch with MAJECA’s President and senior Executive members.

(left to right) Mr Kazutaka Nakagawa, 2nd Secretary, Embassy of Japan, Mr Wataru Oba, Vice President & Chairman of Administrative Committee, JACTIM & General Manager of Sumitomo Corporation Asia & Oceania Pte. Ltd. , Mr Genichi Ichikawa, Vice President JACTIM & General Manager of Mitsubishi Corporation, Tan Sri Azman Hashim, President of MAJECA, H.E. Dr. Makio Miyagawa, Ambassador of Japan to Malaysia, Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal, Vice President MAJECA, Mr Daiji Kojima, Vice President & Chairman of Management Affair Committee of JACTIM & Managing Director & CEO, Country Chairman of Mitsui Co. (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, Datuk Md Taib Abdul Hamid, Vice President MAJECA and Ms Mai Onozawa, Managing Director, JETRO