Courtesy Call from the East Coast Economic Region Development Council (ECERDC) on MAJECA on 1 December 2022 at MAJECA Office

The East Coast Economic Region Development Council (ECERDC) paid a Courtesy Call on MAJECA on 1 December 2022 at MAJECA’s Office. The meeting discussed ECERDC’s development focus areas and expressed interest to work closely with MAJECA to highlight the investment potential of the East Coast Economic Region to Japanese investors.

YBhg Dato’ Ragu Sampasivam, Chief Operating Officer of ECERDC together with Ms Sharmilaa Tan and Ms Farah Diba met YBhg Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal, Vice-President, MAJECA. Joining him were Ms Ng Su Fun, Executive Secretary and Mr Samuel Loh, Programme Executive.

From left-to-right: Ms Sharmilaa Tan, Investor Management, ECERDC, YBhg Dato’ Ragu Sampasivam, Chief Operating Officer, ECERDC, YBhg Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal, Vice-President, MAJECA, Ms Farah Diba, ECERDC, Ms Ng Su Fun, Executive Secretary, MAJECA and Mr Samuel Loh, Programme Executive, MAJECA

ASEAN – BAC Consultation Meeting with Japan on 3 November 2022

ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC) Malaysia had invited MAJECA to a closed-door online meeting on 3 November 2022 to discuss “Investment Opportunities and Challenges between Malaysia and Japan”.

This meeting was organised with the aim to facilitate an exchange of views on Malaysia’s continuous efforts to attract FDI into the country and foreign investors’ support needs in Malaysia and ASEAN, with a focus on the perspective of the Malaysia – Japan bilateral relationship.

Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal, Vice-President, on behalf of Tan Sri Azman Hashim, President represented MAJECA at this meeting.

Members of the meeting included:

  • Tan Sri Dato’ Dr Munir Majid, Chairman, ASEAN-BAC Malaysia
  • H.E. Takahashi Katsuhiko, Ambassador of Japan to Malaysia
  • Mrs Najihah Abas, Executive Director Investment Promotion, MIDA
  • Mr Mah Chun Wai, Director, Investor Relations – Asia and Oceania, InvestKL
  • Mr Daiji Kojima, President, JACTIM
  • Ms Mai Onozawa, Managing Director, JETRO Kuala Lumpur

Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal delivered his remarks.

Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal, Vice-President of Malaysia-Japan Economic Association (MAJECA) noted that there are new challenges ahead despite accelerating Japanese FDI in Malaysia.

He added that in the Malaysian and global context, Malaysia needs to continue presenting itself to be competitive and in a favourable environment, not only at the inception stage but continuously during the entire investment period.

He continued that as industries continue to operate during these turbulent times, one will see how the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic can be overcome, as well as how industries can navigate around the challenges arising from the war and hoped for a peaceful resolution to the war.

He echoed views of Ambassador Takahashi Katsuhiko of the importance and the opportunities presented by the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and the recent ratification of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).

These FTAs are progressive. Malaysia and the signatories should work together to reap benefits accorded under these agreements,” Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal said. According to Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal, over 15,000 – 17,000 students from Malaysia benefited from the Look-East Policy where they went to Japan, studied and some of whom were gainfully employed there. These students were being equipped through education and practical experiences in Japan into skilled talents.

A group photo of the meeting participants.

(1st row, from left-to-right) Tan Sri Dato’ Dr Munir Majid, Chairman, ASEAN-BAC Malaysia, Tan Sri Yong Poh Kon, Council Member, ASEAN-BAC Malaysia, and H.E. Takahashi Katsuhiko, Ambassador of Japan to Malaysia

(2nd row, from left-to-right) Mr Daiji Kojima, President, JACTIM, Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal, Vice-President, MAJECA, and Ms Mai Onozawa, Managing Director, JETRO Kuala Lumpur

(3rd row, from left-to-right) Mrs Najihah Abas, Executive Director Investment Promotion, MIDA, Mr Raja Singham, Council Member, ASEAN-BAC Malaysia, and Mr Mah Chun Wai, Director, Investor Relations – Asia and Oceania, InvestKL

ASEAN BAC made a Press Release on 3 November 2022 and can be read here https://mailchi.mp/760415066682/asean-bac-malaysias-q2-2018-newsletter-updates-15074118?e=5ee9d4c72e.

iNNOVATE Tech Show 2022 held at MATRADE Exhibition and Convention Centre (MECC), KL on 19 – 21 October 2022

iNNOVATE Tech Show, was produced by Best Events Productions Sdn Bhd and the Malaysian Research Accelerator for Technology & Innovation (MRANTI), with support from Malaysia Japan – Economic Association (MAJECA). It was held at MATRADE Exhibition & Convention Centre (MECC) Kuala Lumpur from 19 – 21 October 2022. The third installation of the Global Drone Conference and the second edition of Global Future Mobility Show were also co-located within the iNNOVATE Tech Show.

The iNNOVATE Tech Show, themed “Innovation and Technologies for a Better Future” gathered thought leaders and experts to meet and to share knowledge on innovation and to avail to collaborative opportunities. This show served as a platform for companies in Asia to discover game-changing innovations to achieve business goals and eventually making Malaysia into a high-tech and high-income nation.


Day 1 Highlights

  • Opening Ceremony

The Opening Ceremony of the iNNOVATE Tech Show was graced by Dr. Nor Azlina binti Ariffin, Undersecretary, Transfer of Technology and R&D Commercialization Division, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) on behalf of YBhg Datuk Ts. Dr. Haji Aminuddin bin Hassim, Secretary General, MOSTI together with H.E. Diego Velasco, Ambassador of Chile to Malaysia. Ms Hanniz Lam, Managing Partner, Best Events Productions Sdn Bhd gave the welcome remarks.

YBhg Dato’ Taib Abdul Hamid, Vice-President of MAJECA attended the Opening Ceremony.

Day 1 Photo Gallery

YBhg Dato’ Taib Abdul Hamid, Vice-President, MAJECA visited the MAJECA booth.


Day 2 Highlights

  • Business-to-Business (B2B) Meet Up Session

A B2B Meet Up Session was organised by Malaysia – Japan Economic Association (MAJECA) and the Malaysia South-South Association (MASSA).

From left to right:
Mr Wong Kok Wai, Vice-President, United Overseas Bank (Malaysia) Bhd; Mr Samuel Loh, Programme Executive; Mr Pranab Kumar Ghosh, First Secretary (Commercial), High Commission for The People’s Republic of Bangladesh; Ms Ng Su Fun, Executive Secretary; Mr Mah Chun Wai, Director, Investor Relations – Asia & Oceania, InvestKL; Mr Chong Soon Yong, President, MyAIRA; Mr Nurshazani Mustafha, Embassy of Argentina; Mr Jorge Oscar Abate, Counsellor, Embassy of Argentina; Ms Rucia Shali, Second Secretary-Politics, High Commission of the Republic of Namibia; Mr Auni bin Alias, Head, Investor Promotion & Relation, Cyberview; YBhg Dato’ Haji Najmuddin Sharif bin Sarimon, Chief Executive Officer, Invest Negeri Sembilan


Day 3 Highlights

  •  Visit by YBhg Tan Sri Azman Hashim, President of MAJECA

YBhg Tan Sri Azman Hashim, President of MAJECA visited the iNNOVATE Tech Show. He was accompanied by YBhg Dato’ Taib Abdul Hamid, Vice-President; and Mr Yeonhang Chuah, Hon. Treasurer.

From left to right:
YBhg Dato’ Taib Abdul Hamid, Vice-President, Ms Ng Su Fun, Executive Secretary, YBhg Tan Sri Azman Hashim, President, Mr Yeonhang Chuah, Hon. Treasurer and Mr Iqbal Abdullah, CEO / Founder, Laloka Labs (member of MAJECA).

They also visited the booth of Laloka Labs, a member of MAJECA.


  • C-Level Round Table Discussion on the Industrial Use of AI & Robotics

A C-Level Round Table Discussion was co-hosted by InvestKL, Malaysia-Japan Economic Association (MAJECA) and Malaysia South-South Association (MASSA).

This Round table Discussion discussed case studies on how AI & Robotics can help to reach sustainable development goals across industries. It focused on reasons for stepping up international cooperation, the issues and policy domains that appears most ready for enhanced collaboration and the instruments and forums that could be leveraged to achieve meaningful results in advancing international AI and Robotics standards, regulatory cooperation, and joint R&B projects to tackle global challenges.

YBhg Tan Sri Azman Hashim, President of MAJECA delivered the welcome remarks. A panel of experts from across the globe whose companies are based in Malaysia shared their experience, expertise and insights.

The first session of the Round Table, titled “The AI and IoT Market in Japan: Spearheading Industry Innovation” was moderated by Mr Masaki Ishibashi (left-most), Co-Founder, Toybox Creations & Technology Sdn Bhd.

The panel comprised the following (from 2nd left to right): Mr Tozaki Toshio, Managing Director, Transcosmos Malaysia, Dr Darius Ngo, Business Innovation Unit Head and Mr Keiichi Sato, Robot Technical Center Manager, Mitsubishi Electric Sales Malaysia Sdn Bhd.

The second session of the Round Table, titled “Embracing Robotics Technology can help SMEs increase productivity in Malaysia” was moderated by Mr Melvin Ong (left-most), Founder and CEO, Karuna (Sarawak) Enterprise Sdn Bhd.

The panel comprised the following (from 2nd left to right): Mr Jiin Joo Ong, CTO, Garuda Robotics, Mr Laurent Maillefer, Robotics Discrete Automation Business Head, ABB and Mr Jean-Bernard Boura, CEO, Pen Aviation.


  • iNNOVATE Tech Show 2022 Closing Ceremony

The Closing Ceremony of the iNNOVATE Tech Show also featured the signing of several MoUs and was witnessed by Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Ibni Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Jamalullail.

The MoUs signed include the following:

The Closing Ceremony of the iNNOVATE Tech Show was graced by Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Ibni Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Jamalullail


For full reading of the post-event Press Release, please find enclosed the Press Articles at the following link:

1. https://bestevents-asia.com/media/ 2. https://www.globaldroneconference.com/media/

Press Conference for the iNNOVATE Tech Show 2022 held on 22 September 2022 at MRANTI Park

The iNNOVATE Tech Show 2022, themed “Innovation and Technologies for a Better Future” will gather thought leaders and experts to meet and to share knowledge on technological innovation and to avail to collaborative opportunities. This show serves as a platform for companies in Asia to discover game-changing innovations to achieve business goals and eventually making Malaysia into a high-tech and high-income nation.

The iNNOVATE Tech Show 2022 is organized and produced by Best Events Productions Sdn Bhd and has received the support from the Malaysian Research Accelerator for Technology and Innovation (MRANTI), InvestKL, MAJECA, MASSA, SME Corp, MDEC, APARA, MyAIRA, Sunway iLabs and Scaleup Malaysia and sponsors include Open University Malaysia, Meraque and Malvus Sense. More than 2,000 attendees from industry, government sector and academia from senior to top management are expected to visit this trade show.

The show will feature the following events:

  1. Main Stage Programme, held on 19 – 21 October 2022 at Hall A, MECC
  2. Third Edition of the Global Drone Conference, held on 19 -21 October 2022 at Paris 1 & 2 Room, Level 3, MECC
  3. C-Level AI and Robotics Roundtable, held on 21 October 2022, at Dubai 2 Room, Level 3, MECC

MAJECA as a supporting partner of the iNNOVATE Tech Show 2022 was present at a Press Conference for the show on 22 September 2022 at MRANTI Park.

MAJECA was represented by Ms Ng Su Fun. The panel also comprised of Ms Hanniz Lam, organiser and Mr Safuan Zairi, Chief Ecosystem Development Officer, MRANTI.

For further reading, please find enclosed the Press Articles at the following link:

  1. https://www.nst.com.my/lifestyle/bots/2022/10/839787/tech-innovate-tech-show-2022-showcase-latest-drone-technologies
  2. https://www.sinchew.com.my/?p=4137310
  3. https://www.businesstoday.com.my/2022/09/23/innovate-tech-show-2022-driving-businesses-towards-digitalization-and-sustainability/
  4. https://ramarama.my/innovate-tech-show-2022-memacu-perniagaan-ke-arah-pendigitalan-dan-kemampanan/
  5. https://www.disruptr.com.my/mranti-propels-drone-tech-at-the-innovate-tech-show-2022/
  6. https://www.businessnews.com.my/regional-drone-ecosystem-players-gather-innovate/
  7. https://www.getaran.my/artikel/tara/32067/innovate-tech-show-2022-memacu-perniagaan-ke-arah-pendigitalan-dan-kemampanan

From left-to-right:
Ms Hanniz, Managing Partner, Best Events Productions Sdn Bhd, Mr Mohd Safuan Mohd Zairi, Chief Ecosystem Development Officer, MRANTI and Ms Ng Su Fun, Executive Secretary, MAJECA


Visit to MakersLab at MRANTI Park

MakersLab is an innovator’s playground to design & develop solutions rapidly through quick, affordable & convenient access to tools, equipment, space and expertise. Aimed to become the country’s one-stop powerhouse that empowers the community to gather, ideate, learn, dialogue, collaborate, & materialise solutions in response to real life changes. MakersLab offers services such as prototyping, consultancy services and workshops (https://mranti.my/mranti-park/facilities/living-lab/makerslab).

From the left:
Ms Nur Syuhaida, Secretariat, MAJECA, Mr Samuel Loh, Programme Executive, MAJECA, Ms Ng Su Fun, Executive Secretary, MAJECA, Mr William, Mr Ramesh Pillai, Community Engagement Director, Stem4AllMakerspace and Mr Daryl

48th ASEAN-Japan Business Meeting (AJBM) Preparatory Meeting 30 September 2022

The 48th ASEAN-Japan Business Meeting, (AJBM) Preparatory Meeting was held on 30 September 2022 hosted by Keizai Doyukai (Japan Association of Corporate Executives).

This meeting was chaired by Mr Yuji Hirako, Chairman, 48th AJBM & Vice Chairman, ANA Holdings Inc.

Attendees from the AJBM Malaysia Committee led by Tan Sri Azman Hashim, President, MAJECA comprised:

  • Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal, Vice-President, MAJECA
  • Tan Sri Dato’ Dr Micheal Yeoh Oon Kheng, Hon. Secretary, MAJECA
  • MAJECA Secretariat: Ms Ng Su Fun & Mr Samuel Loh.

Representatives from Keizai Doyukai and the ASEAN AJBM Steering Committees were in attendance.

The meeting begun with welcome remarks from Mr Yuji Hirako, followed by comments from the leaders of the AJBM Steering Committees.

The 48th AJBM is scheduled to be held on hybrid format from Tokyo, at Shinagawa Prince Hotel from 7 – 9 December 2022. The Meeting proper will be held on 8 December 2022.

The Steering Committee agreed on the theme for the 48th AJBM: “ASEAN-Japan Cooperation to Create Future Value Together – Building a Sustainable Society and People”.

ASEAN and Japan will celebrate 50 Years of ASEAN – Japan relations in 2023. The Meeting will deliberate on how the ASEAN – Japan relationship can evolve and further develop going past this 50th year milestone.


Group photos of the participants from the AJBM Steering Committees from ASEAN and Japan, Keizai Doyukai:

MITI Look East Policy Commemorative Programme Business Seminar on 11 August at Hilton Kuala Lumpur

In conjunction with the 40th Anniversary of the Look East Policy, the Ministry of International Trade and Industry organised a Business Seminar on 11 August 2022 (Thursday) at Hilton Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.

MAJECA was represented by its President, YBhg Tan Sri Azman Hashim. Alongside him were senior members of the Executive Committee and various members of MAJECA. The senior members of the Executive Committee present at this Business Seminar included: YBhg Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal, Vice-President, YBhg Dato’ Taib Abdul Hamid, Vice-President, YBhg Tan Sri Dr Michael Yeoh, Hon. Secretary and Mr Gary Tang, EXCO Member. The Opening Ceremony of the Business Seminar was graced by YB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, Senior Minister of International Trade and Industry, Malaysia and Mr Iwata Kazuchika, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan. H.E. Katsuhiko Takahashi, Ambassador of Japan to Malaysia was also present, alongside the Chief Executives of MATRADE and MIDA.

The summary programme of the Business Seminar was as follows:

  • 8.00 am: Arrival of the invitees and registration
  • 9.00 am: Panel Discussion 1: Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Agenda in Post-Pandemic Growth
  • 10.00 am: Opening Ceremony
  • 10.45 am: Break
  • 11.00 am: Panel Discussion 2: Government Policies and Strategies in Promoting Trade and Investment in Malaysia
  • 12.15 pm: Panel Discussion 3: The Economic Impact of Geopolitical Tensions and Government’s Responses towards Economic Recovery
  • 1.00 pm: Networking Luncheon hosted by MITI

The first Panel Discussion titled “Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Agenda in Post-Pandemic Economic Growth” was moderated by Dr Hezri Adnan (pic below, left), Executive Director of the Malaysian Institute of Economic Research (MIER). The panel speakers comprised YBhg Dato’ Sri Norazman Ayob (pic below, centre), Deputy Secretary General (Industry), Ministry of International Trade and Industry and Mr Faroze Nadar, Adj. Professor (pic below, right), Executive Director, UN Global Compact Network.

Mr Iwata Kazuchika (pic below), Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan delivered his Special Remarks.

The Welcoming Remarks was delivered by YB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali (pic below), Senior Minister of International Trade and Industry, Malaysia.

The Senior Minister referenced MAJECA in his Remarks, noting that the Look East Policy was announced by the then Prime Minster of Malaysia YAB Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad at the 5th MAJECA – JAMECA Joint Conference in Kuala Lumpur, 1982.

On behalf of YAB Dato’ Seri Ismail Sabri bin Yaakob, Prime Minister of Malaysia, YB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali read the Keynote Address of the Prime Minister of Malaysia. Further details on this speech can be read via these news articles: i) Bernama – Malaysia, Japan should venture into new areas of cooperation through Look East Policy, https://www.bernama.com/en/news.php?id=2109795&fbclid=IwAR0ONFswa-Gdkgpg6nR8c0tONW5TjNUKSWzKPU49RKy_gSGqKk09hiulqZA; ii) The Star – M’sia to strengthen ties with Japan, https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2022/08/12/msia-to-strengthen-ties-with-japan.

The Opening Ceremony concluded with a video presentation on the 40th Anniversary of the Look East Policy.

After the break, the Business Seminar then resumed with the Panel Discussion 2 titled “Government Policies and Strategies in Promoting Trade and Investment in Malaysia”. The discussion was moderated by Mr Muhammed Azmi Zulkifli (pic below, right), Chief Executive Officer, InvestKL. The panelists were YBhg Datuk Arham Abdul Rahman (pic below, 2nd from left), Chief Executive Officer, Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA), YBhg Datuk Mohd Mustafa Abdul Aziz (pic below, 2nd from right), Chief Executive Officer, Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE) and Mr Daiji Kojima (pic below, right), President, Japanese Chamber of Trade and Industry Malaysia (JACTIM).

The third panel discussion, on “The Economic Impact of Geopolitical Tensions and Government’s Responses towards Economic Recovery”,was moderated by YBhg Dato’ Charon Wardini Mokhzani (pic below, left), Group Managing Director, Malaysian Industrial Development Finance Berhad (MIDF). The speakers were Mr Herizal Hazri (pic below, center), Chief Executive, Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) and H.E. Katsuhiko Takahashi (pic below, right), Ambassador of Japan to Malaysia.

The Business Seminar then adjourned with a Networking Luncheon hosted by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), Malaysia.

The following is photo gallery taken by MAJECA Secretariat:

YBhg Tan Sri Azman Hashim (left), President, MAJECA with YB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali (right), Senior Minister of International Trade and Industry.

(From left to right) Mr Auni Alias, Head, Investor Promotion & Relations, Cyberview Sdn Bhd, YBhg Datuk Mohd Najib Dato’ Ibrahim, Managing Director, Cyberview Sdn Bhd, YBhg Tan Sri Azman Hashim, President, MAJECA, Mr Michael Chai, Secretary General, National Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia and Ms Ng Su Fun, Executive Secretary, MAJECA.

(From left to right) Ms Ng Su Fun, Executive Secretary, MAJECA, YBhg Dato’ Taib Abdul Hamid, Vice-President, MAJECA, Ms Erin Tang, Principal Assistant Director, Bilateral Economic and Trade Relations, YBhg Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal, Vice-President, YBhg Tan Sri Azman Hashim, President, MAJECA and YBhg Tan Sri Dr Michael Yeoh, Hon. Secretary, MAJECA.

39th MAJECA – JAMECA Joint Conference on 1 August 2022

The 39th edition of the MAJECA – JAMECA Joint Conference was held on 1st August 2022 at Hilton Kuala Lumpur.

This edition of the Joint Conference, hosted by MAJECA was themed ‘Post-Pandemic Challenges and Emerging Opportunities for Malaysia and Japan’.

This conference welcomed 150 participants from Malaysia and Japan representing members of JAMECA and MAJECA, including the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) Malaysia and its agencies, alongside business associations, thinktanks and the business communities from both countries.

The Joint Conference was graced by the presence of YB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, Senior Minister of International Trade and Industry and YB Senator Datuk Lim Ban Hong, Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry who were joined by senior officials from MITI, MIDA and MATRADE. H.E. Katsuhiko Takahashi, Ambassador of Japan to Malaysia was also present.

MAJECA was led by its President, YBhg Tan Sri Azman Hashim. The delegation from JAMECA, was led by its President, Mr Tsuyoshi Nagano, Chairman of Tokio Marine Holdings, Inc. The JAMECA delegation comprised the Chief Executives, Managing Directors, Corporate Leaders of leading Japanese corporations and the Chairman of the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) in Japan, supported by their respective offices in the ASEAN region.

Over four decades, since 1977, MAJECA and its Japanese counterpart, Japan-Malaysia Economic Association (JAMECA), have played a dynamic role to help Malaysia achieve its economic industrialisation goals. To date, more than 1,500 Japanese companies in many industrial sectors have located their businesses in Malaysia. With the challenges of the pandemic, the disruptions caused by the onset of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the challenge of climate change, and now exacerbated by inflationary pressures and the geopolitical situation in Ukraine, MAJECA takes cognizance of the imperative for greater business collaboration in order to be able to compete effectively in the global marketplace.  


Table of Contents

  1. VIP Meet-and-Greet Session
  2. Programme of the 39th MAJECA – JAMECA Joint Conference
  3. Opening Ceremony
  4. MOU Signing Ceremony
  5. Plenary Session 1
  6. Plenary Session 2
  7. Closing
  8. 39th MAJECA – JAMECA Joint Conference Photo Gallery
  9. Dinner
  10. Dinner Photo Gallery
  11. Newspaper Articles
  12. Joint Conference Presentations

VIP Meet-and-Greet Session

A VIP meet-and-greet session was held between the senior leaders of MAJECA and JAMECA before the Joint Conference.

From left to right:
YBhg Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal, Vice-President, MAJECA, YBhg Tan Sri Azman Hashim, President, MAJECA, Mr Tsuyoshi Nagano, President, JAMECA and Mr Kuniharu Nakamura, Vice-President, JAMECA.


Programme of the 39th MAJECA – JAMECA Joint Conference

The Joint Conference programme can be found here:


Opening Ceremony

The Joint Conference began with welcome remarks from YBhg Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal, Secretary-General of the Joint Conference & Vice-President, MAJECA.

YBhg Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal, Secretary-General of the Joint Conference & Vice-President, MAJECA delivered the welcome remarks.

Following that, the leadership of MAJECA, JAMECA and the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) delivered their Keynote Address to participants of the Joint Conference.

YBhg Tan Sri Azman Hashim,
Chairman of the 39th MAJECA – JAMEA Joint Conference & President of Malaysia-Japan Economic Association (MAJECA) delivered his keynote address.

Mr. Tsuyoshi Nagano,
Co-Chairman of the 39th MAJECA – JAMECA Joint Conference & President of Japan-Malaysia Economic Association (JAMECA) delivered his keynote address.

Mr Nobuhiko Sasaki,
Chairman, Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) delivered his keynote address.

Following on, the congratulatory messages by the Prime Minister of Malaysia and Prime Minister of Japan were read.

YB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali,
Senior Minister of International Trade and Industry, delivered his greetings to participants of the Joint Conference and read the congratulatory message by YAB Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, Prime Minister of Malaysia.

H.E. Katsuhiko Takahashi,
Ambassador of Japan to Malaysia delivered his greetings to participants of the Joint Conference and read the congratulatory message by H.E. Kishida Fumio, the Prime Minister of Japan.

A group photo of the Opening Ceremony VIPs (from left to right):
Mr Kazuto Sasaki, Secretary General, JAMECA, H.E. Katsuhiko Takahashi, Ambassador of Japan to Malaysia, Mr Kuniharu Nakamura, Vice President, JAMECA, Mr Tsuyoshi Nagano, President, JAMECA, YB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, Senior Minister of International Trade and Industry, YB Senator Datuk Lim Ban Hong, Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry, YBhg Tan Sri Azman Hashim, President, MAJECA, YBhg Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal, Vice-President, MAJECA and Mr Nobuhiko Sasaki, Chairman, Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO).


MOU Signing Ceremony

The Opening Ceremony also featured the signing of a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding between OFO Tech Sdn. Bhd, Sumitomo Corporation Asia & Oceania Pte Ltd, and Softbank Corporation. The signing ceremony was witnessed by the Senior Minister of International Trade and Industry, and his Deputy, together with H.E. Ambassador of Japan to Malaysia, the Chief Executives of MATRADE and MIDA, and the leaders from JETRO, MAJECA and JAMECA.


Plenary Session 1

The first Plenary Session of the Joint Conference focused on “Post-Pandemic Challenges and Emerging Opportunities”. The Plenary Session was moderated by Mr Takashi Kawabata, Senior Vice-President, Forensic Investigations and Intelligence Practice, Kroll Associates (S) Pte Ltd.

The moderator and panelists spoke on the economic outlook, lessons, including the investment outlook and opportunities arising from the COVID-19 recovery phase.

The presentation materials will be made available on the MAJECA website (www.majeca.org) after the Report is uploaded. Please stay tuned to the MAJECA website for the report.

The panelists were as follows:

Following the presentations, the Joint Conference proceeded into a panel discussion-cum-Q & A session led once more by Mr Takashi Kawabata. Plenary Session 1 concluded with a wrap-up by the moderator.

From left to right:
Mr Takashi Kawabata, Dr Anthony Dass, Mr Daiji Kojima and YBhg Dato’ Hasan Azhari bin Hj. Idris.


Plenary Session 2

Following a 10-minute break in the Foyer, the Joint Conference resumed with the second Plenary Session, titled “Post-Pandemic Challenges and Emerging Opportunities in the area of Digitalisation”. This Plenary Session was moderated by YBhg Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal, Secretary-General of the Joint Conference & Vice-President, MAJECA.

Plenary Session 2 presented the case for digital adoption and digital transformation in businesses and how the speaker organisations have developed their solutions to achieve this in the areas of fintech, e-commerce and intelligent & industrial applications in multiple sectors.

The panelists were as follows:

Following the presentations, YBhg Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal moderated a panel discussion-cum-Q & A session. Plenary Session 2 concluded with a wrap-up by the moderator.

From left to right:
Mr Amsyar Faiz, Mr Otohiko Kozutsumi, YBhg Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal and Mr Tan Soo Eng.


Closing

The Joint Conference adjourned with closing remarks by the President of MAJECA and Vice President of JAMECA.

YBhg Tan Sri Azman Hashim,
Chairman of the 39th MAJECA – JAMEA Joint Conference & President of MAJECA delivered his closing remarks.

Mr Kuniharu Nakamura,
Vice President, JAMECA delivered his closing remarks and announced the 40th Joint Conference which will be hosted by JAMECA in Japan.

From left to right:
Mr Kazuto Sasaki, Secretary General, JAMECA, Mr Kuniharu Nakamura, Vice President, JAMECA, Mr Tsuyoshi Nagano, President, JAMECA, YBhg Tan Sri Azman Hashim, President, MAJECA, YBhg Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal, Vice-President, MAJECA and YBhg Tan Sri Dr Michael Yeoh, Hon. Secretary, MAJECA.


From left to right:
YBhg Tan Sri Azman Hashim, President, MAJECA, YBhg Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal, Vice-President, MAJECA, YB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, Senior Minister of International Trade and Industry, H.E. Katsuhiko Takahashi, Ambassador of Japan to Malaysia


Dinner

MAJECA hosted a Dinner reception for the invited guests and participants of the Joint Conference. This Dinner was entertained by YBhg Tan Sri Azman Hashim and University Malaya Symphony Orchestra.

YBhg Tan Sri Azman Hashim,
President, MAJECA delivered his Welcome Speech at the Dinner.

Mr Tsuyoshi Nagano,
President, JAMECA delivered a Reciprocal Speech at the Dinner.

An exchange of souvenirs between YBhg Tan Sri Azman Hashim (left), President, MAJECA and Mr Tsuyoshi Nagano (right), President, JAMECA.



The 39th edition of the MAJECA – JAMECA Joint Conference was made possible through the extensive efforts and cooperation from our co-host, Japan – Malaysia Economic Association (JAMECA), the role-players and sponsors namely: AmBank Group, Silverlake Axis Sdn Bhd, UMW Holdings Berhad, OFO Tech Sdn Bhd, Pan Sarawak Holdings Sdn Bhd, Invest Selangor, Invest Perak, THAMASS Sdn Bhd, Puncak Niaga Holdings Berhad, RK South Asia Sdn Bhd and Farlim Group (Malaysia) Berhad.

AmBank Group


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Silverlake Axis

Silverlake Axis creates technologies to enable the Digital Economy. What sets us apart is the foundation for our computing principles, which are grounded on mathematical models. Through the years, Silverlake Axis has evolved using mathematics to refine, expand and invent technologies, broadening into new industries and markets at the same time.

Founded in 1989, Silverlake Axis has built an impeccable track record of successful core banking implementations. After years of successes across the region, Silverlake Axis was listed on Singapore’s Stock Exchange (SGX) SESDAQ in 2003 and moved up to SGX Mainboard in 2011.

UMW Holdings Berhad

The UMW Group, started operations in 1917, is a regional group that develops industries, manages partnerships and facilitates growth. It is involved in four core business segments – Automotive, Equipment, Manufacturing & Engineering and Aerospace. Strategic alliances with leading global organisations have helped position the UMW Group as a leader in its core businesses. The Group operates in 8 countries, namely, Malaysia, Singapore, China, Vietnam, Myanmar, Brunei, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, and has over 18,000 employees, including at Perodua.


Newspaper Articles

The 39th MAJECA – JAMECA Joint Conference has been covered in the following:

  1. MAJECA, JAMECA perlu fokus kepada sektor baharu yang inovatif, bernilai tambah – Azmin, Berita RTM, https://berita.rtm.gov.my/index.php/ekonomi/44442-majeca-jameca-perlu-fokus-kepada-sektor-baharu-yang-inovatif-bernilai-tambah-azmin
  2. Malaysia’s involvement in IPEF will help resolve WRO issues — Azmin, Bernama, https://www.bernama.com/en//news.php?id=2106160
  3. Malaysia’s involvement in IPEF will help resolve Withhold Release Orders issues, says Azmin, The Edge, https://www.theedgemarkets.com/article/malaysias-involvement-ipef-will-help-resolve-withhold-release-orders-issues-says-azmin
  4. コロナ後の2国間関係を協議 日マ経済協議会、3年ぶり対面会議 (Discussing the bilateral relations post-Corona, the Japan – Malaysia Economic Association meets face-to-face after three years), NNA Asia, https://www.nna.jp/news/show/2371592


Joint Conference Presentations

The slides that have been made available for distribution by the speakers of the Joint Conference can be accessed here.


MAJECA would like to record its utmost appreciation to all our partners who have made this event possible.

Meeting with Perak State Government on 28 April 2022

A coordination meeting was held on 28 April 2022, chaired by YB Dato’ Shahrul Zaman Datuk Yahya, Perak State Executive Committee Chairman for Industry, Investment and Corridor Development to discuss and coordinate a proposed programme for the visit of a business delegation from Japan to the State of Perak in conjunction with the 40th Anniversary of the Look East Policy.

Members of the meeting comprise State Economic Planning Unit, Ipoh City Council, MITI Perak, MIDA Perak, Tourism Perak, InvestPerak. MAJECA was represented by Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal, Vice-President, MAJECA.


Group photo of the participants of this meeting: