MAJECA-PIKOM-ASOCIO Webinar on Cybersecurity: “How Safe Are You Online?” held on 18th August 2021 via Microsoft Teams

The Malaysia-Japan Economic Association (MAJECA), in collaboration with the National Tech Association of Malaysia (PIKOM), the Asian-Oceanian Computing Industry Organization (ASOCIO), in association with CyberSecurity Malaysia and the Malaysia South-South Association (MASSA) jointly organised a webinar on cybersecurity, titled “How Safe Are You Online?”, on 18th August 2021 over Microsoft Teams. 200 participants registered of which 130 logged on. The participants came from various business sectors, universities, organisations, and government agencies from Malaysia, Japan, Korea and from the developing countries (incl. Bangladesh, Bosnia, Chile, Guinea, Taiwan and Thailand).

 

More and more businesses of all sizes and sectors are embracing the ‘digitalisation imperative’ to remain competitive and resilient. In this current IR4.0 era and exacerbated by the ongoing pandemic, business systems, processes and data have to be constantly updated and to remain relevant. 

The ongoing digital transformation, pivots on investments into the adoption of new technologies, processes and automation. The increasing integration of digitised data-driven services, while improving business resilience and function, has also exposed users to new areas of vulnerability.

This webinar addressed these vulnerabilities and featured experts, institutions and solution providers from across Japan, Korea and Malaysia to holistically inform and equip participants on aspects of cybersecurity from industry, practitioner and legal standpoints.

 

The programme for this webinar is as follows:


 

Mr Ong Kian Yew, Chief Executive Officer, National Tech Association of Malaysia (PIKOM) as the emcee of the webinar.

 

The webinar began with welcoming addresses from the leadership of MAJECA, PIKOM and ASOCIO after being introduced by the emcee.

Tan Sri Azman Hashim, President, Malaysia-Japan Economic Association (MAJECA) & Malaysia South-South Association (MASSA), delivering his welcome address.

 

Mr Danny Lee, Chairman of The National Tech Association of Malaysia (PIKOM), giving his welcome address.

 

Mr David Wong, Chairman of Asian-Oceanian Computing Industry Organization (ASOCIO), giving his welcome address.

 

Following that, a report on the collaborative venture of ASEAN – Japan Cybersecurity Project was delivered by the representatives of Japan IT Services Industry Association (JISA), in which they announced the launching of a new initiative called Cybersecurity Business Platform (CBP) that will help businesses in ASEAN region to overcome cybersecurity attacks.

Mr Takeshi Miyamoto, President of Japan IT Services Industry Association (JISA) delivering his greetings and introducing JISA and its activities.

 

Ms Ruy Hayashi, Japan IT Services Industry Association (JISA), the International Coordinator for ASEAN – Japan Cybersecurity Project introducing a new JISA intiative to support businesses titled ASEAN-CBP (ASEAN – Cybersecurity Business Platform) @ https://asean-cbp.org.

 

The discussion on the topic of the importance of cybersecurity and how having a cybersecurity strategy can ensure business continuity, was moderated by Dato’ Ts. Dr. Haji Amirudin Abdul Wahab, CEO of CyberSecurity Malaysia. Joining alongside him was a distinguished panel comprising industry, practitioner and legal experts in the field of cybersecurity.

 

Dato’ Ts. Dr. Haji Amirudin Abdul Wahab, CEO, CyberSecurity Malaysia, the session moderator.

 

The panelists were as follows:

Mr Alex Loh, Chairman of PIKOM Cybersecurity Chapter &Country Manager of Fortinet Malaysia Sdn Bhd.

 

Mr John Choi, Deputy Chairman of Asian-Oceanian Computing Industry Organization (ASOCIO) & Founder of MarkAny Inc.

 

Ms Janet Toh, Partner of M/S Shearn Delamore & Co.

 

Following the presentations by the speakers, the webinar proceeded into a panel discussion-cum-Q&A session led once more by Dato’ Ts. Dr. Haji Amirudin Abdul Wahab. The panelists discussed the following:

  • The complexity of cyberthreats today that is becoming more intelligent, borderless and faceless engaging in malware and phishing tactics. As COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the push towards all things digital, there is a need to invest in cybersecurity solutions to manage our business digital infrastructures and to ringfence them against such crimes.
  • Mr Alex Loh highlighted the struggles of hiring cybersecurity professionals due to the lack of talents that specialize in this field. Hence, the need to develop these talents by providing training and education from university level. There are also opportunities for organisations to provide cybersecurity training and programmes to increase awareness among the general workforce. He also encouraged organisations to undertake cybersecurity assessments and invest in appropriate cybersecurity solutions.
  • Mr John Choi opined that existing cybersecurity solutions may not be enough to combat cyber threats that is increasingly becoming more intelligent and sophisticated with the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI).  Therefore, a multi-layered defense must be deployed. The first layer of prevention engaging traditional technology such as Firewalls can be augmented by a second layer e.g. data encryption. A third and emerging   cybersecurity technology i.e. tracing technology, can now trace the source of the cyberattack. He also touched on the topic of ensuring data and privacy protection by using homomorphic encryption – a technology that allows us to perform statistical analysis over encrypted data on a larger scale.
  • Ms Janet Toh touched on the issue of cyberattacks becoming increasingly sophisticated and the rise of ransomware and phishing exploits through machine learning. The accelerated digitisation is caused by many organisations having to adapt to remote/hybrid work models due to the pandemic situation. Work-from-home employees have to rely on their own personal devices, removable storage devices, whilst some companies have started using cloud servers and had to quickly approve new software. This situation exposes organisations to data risks because work-from-home employees are all in different locations, operating from different networks, not working with the organization’s perimeter network on multiple devices. Ms Janet Toh’s slides can be accessed here.
  • The webinar brought to light the procedures for individuals or an organisation to follow when their digital identity and data e.g.: user ID, passwords, banking details – is hacked. The suggested procedures include, amongst others, shutting down the organisation’s network, perform forensic analysis to recover the data loss and investing in insurance. For individuals, the best step is to alert and warn close family members and friends regarding the threat and not to respond to any unusual requests on one’s devices.
  • Dato’ Ts. Dr Haji Amirudin Abdul Wahab – highlighted the need for an improved regulatory framework, the importance of collaboration between the government and private sectors as well as academia. CyberSecurity Malaysia also provides a platform – MyCERT’s Cyber999 Help Centre – to report data breaches incidents whether it is individual or organisational issues.

 

Dato’ Ts. Dr Haji Amirudin Abdul Wahab, the session moderator, wrapped up the webinar with the following closing remarks:

  • The need to conduct audits to understand the value of the data and information and data channels within each organisation, thereby enabling decision-makers to evaluate the optimal cybersecurity strategy to employ.
  • Cybersecurity solutions (especially at the enterprise-level) needs to develop a multi-layered defence and preventive system to defend against the borderless cyber threats that is evolving to be more accessible, intelligent and creative.
  • The importance of facilitating and investing in cybersecurity from a holistic standpoint to increase awareness among the general workforce at the people-level; at the process-level, instituting sound cybersecurity policies and frameworks; and at the technology-level recognising that cyber criminals are evolving with the advent of more IR4.0 technologies such as AI, video-cloning etc. Therefore, it is important to keep abreast with new cybersecurity technologies and infrastructures that are interdisciplinary and adaptive.


The following is a gallery of photos taken by the MAJECA Secretariat at the webinar:

ASEAN – BAC Malaysia Webinar 2021: Media Release: “RCEP and CPTPP as Game Changers in ASEAN’s Post COVID-19 Economic Recovery” held on 22 June 2021

The ASEAN-BAC Malaysia Webinar was held on 22 June 2021 titled “RCEP and CPTPP as Game-Changers in ASEAN’s Post COVID-19 Economic Recovery” involved a private sector bodies such as representatives of Malaysian trade associations, chambers of commerce, professional bodies, and foreign business associations and business councils. MAJECA, represented by Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal was a speaker in Panel 1 of the webinar to discuss “How can Malaysia capitalise on RCEP to reduce the trade deficit between Malaysia-Japan?”.


The following is the media release provided by ASEAN Business Advisory Council Malaysia, titled ‘Private Sector in Malaysia led by the ASEAN Business Advisory Council Malaysia calls for RCEP and CPTPP to be Ratified by end-2021’. For more information please visit http://aseanbac.com.my/


 

MEDIA RELEASE: Private Sector in Malaysia led by ASEAN Business Advisory Council Malaysia calls for RCEP and CPTPP to be ratified by end-2021

 

Kuala Lumpur, 22 June 2021 — A large group of private sector bodies led by the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC) Malaysia released a joint memorandum urging the government to ratify the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) by the end of 2021 to allow Malaysia to gain an early mover’s advantage in positioning itself as a gateway to nearly a third of the world’s population through the ASEAN, RCEP, and CPTPP markets.

According to the memorandum, early ratification of the RCEP and CPTPP would enable Malaysian businesses to gain market access, to better source for raw materials and integrate their supply chains with other RCEP and CPTPP markets, derive greater certainty concerning intellectual property rights, as well as promote greater transparency, information sharing, trade facilitation, economic cooperation, and coherence in e-commerce regulations.

The memorandum of support was signed by representatives of Malaysian trade associations, chambers of commerce, professional bodies, and foreign business associations and business councils on the occasion of the ASEAN-BAC Malaysia webinar on 22 June 2021 titled “RCEP and CPTPP as Game-Changers in ASEAN’s Post COVID-19 Economic Recovery.”

 

Click here to view the Memorandum of Support video (above).
Click here to view the Memorandum of Support.

 

Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (DTCA) Secretary-General Datuk Seri Hasnol Zam Zam Ahmad, for his special address said, “The government is committed to ensuring that the post-pandemic economic recovery process is implemented in a structured and timely manner and that free trade agreements such as the RCEP will certainly help in the recovery of domestic businesses.”

ASEAN-BAC Malaysia Chairman Tan Sri Dato’ Dr. Munir Majid noted that political uncertainties are unconducive for business and the economy causing key strategic decisions such as ratifying the RCEP and CPTPP to be delayed and Malaysia losing its first-mover advantage.

“Greater dependence is now on the civil service to be professional to drive home the point the country cannot be falling back. Businesses too, particularly the SMEs, should be well prepared to seize the opportunities and to face challenges in a highly competitive global environment,” said Tan Sri Dr. Munir Majid.

 

1. Ratify the RCEP and CPTPP at the soonest to accelerate Malaysia’s post-pandemic recovery

Ratification of the RCEP and CPTPP remains one of the private sector’s top recommendations to help businesses bounce back from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the ASEAN-BAC Malaysia’s Pathway for Malaysia 2021 report which contains 137 recommendations for economic recovery from the private sector.

“Malaysia has spent many years negotiating these landmark agreements and should therefore ratify them quickly to take advantage of the opportunities they present, especially for our post-pandemic recovery,” said ASEAN-BAC Malaysia Council Member Tan Sri Yong Poh Kon.

Supporting this view, the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) President Tan Sri Dato’ Soh Thian Lai said that, “While the signing of the RCEP and CPTPP was a significant achievement for the country, the government must hasten to ratify them to stabilize manufacturing activities and rebuild supply chain connectivity in the region.”

The Socio-Economic Research Centre (SERC) of ACCCIM’s Executive Director Lee Heng Guie concurs, saying that the country is counting on the speedy implementation of this mega trade deal to secure a strong export-led economic recovery. “The tariff reductions that the RCEP promises are important, so too are the other non-tariff benefits such as enhanced trade, services and investment facilitation, including the easing of trade procedures,” added the economist.

Such benefits would be particularly beneficial in the supply chain industry, according to ASEAN-BAC Malaysia Council Member Raja Singham, since these trade deals would allow Malaysia to further integrate Malaysia’s border trades and expand the country’s access to trade and investment opportunities.

 

2. RCEP and CPTPP membership will bolster Malaysia’s reputation as a pro-business economy

“What will Malaysia lose from not ratifying the CPTPP, which potentially sets the standard for international trade rules going forward?” asks Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Secretariat Executive Director and former MITI Secretary-General Tan Sri Dr. Rebecca Fatima Sta Maria.

“Malaysia will eventually be subjected to such rules as it is an open economy and CPTPP members who have committed to rules and disciplines will be seen to be more attractive and business-friendly,” she said.

Malaysia-India Business Council (MIBC) Honorary Secretary Datuk K. Surendran Kutty Krishnan, opined that bold economic reforms were needed to entice new investors since other markets in the region are also becoming increasingly competitive. He also noted that the RCEP and CPTPP were only two of the 16 free trade agreements that Malaysia has signed but has yet to ratify and enforce.

While Malaysia and Japan have had a bilateral free trade agreement for over a decade, the Malaysia-Japan Economic Association (MAJECA) nevertheless urges the government to proceed with the ratification of the RCEP and CPTPP without further delay, as they could serve as a conduit for an even wider range of collaborations and trade flows between the two countries, according to MAJECA vice president Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal.

 

3. Regulatory frameworks should be harmonized to complete free trade agreements

The RCEP is the world’s largest trading bloc with 15 member countries representing around 30 percent of global GDP, while the CPTPP is a free trade agreement among 11 countries representing approximately 13.5 percent of global GDP.

Malaysian Organisation of Pharmaceutical Industries (MOPI) president, Billy Urudra remarked that once ratified, the prices of generic drugs are expected to drop due to increased competition. In highly regulated industries such as the pharmaceutical industry, it is imperative that the FTAs are accompanied by a harmonized regulatory framework for the FTAs to be meaningful.

As for avenues for dispute resolution, LAWASIA and Bar Council Malaysia past president, Christopher Leong believes that the Investor-State Dispute Settlement provisions in the CPTPP provides for the well-developed and recognised dispute resolution mechanism by way of international arbitration. According to him, the mechanism is transparent and open to development, and as such should not be a reason for a country to not ratify the agreement.

 


APPENDICES

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Recordings (click below)

News Coverage (click below)


Below are some photos taken by the MAJECA Secretariat during the webinar:

44th Annual General Meeting of MAJECA held on 16 June 2021

The 44th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Malaysia-Japan Economic Association (MAJECA) was convened virtually over Zoom on Wednesday, 16 June 2020 at the Boardroom, 26th Floor, Bangunan Ambank Group, Jalan Raja Chulan, 50200 Kuala Lumpur.

In order to comply with the Government’s and/or relevant authorities’ directives and guidelines on public gatherings, meetings and events, arising from the measures to combat the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic during the Recovery Movement Control Order, the 44th AGM was convened via a hybrid of in-person as well as virtual participation.

The following were elected to the Executive Committee of MAJECA for the new term 2021-2022. 

Office Bearers

President: YBhg Tan Sri Azman Hashim

Vice-Presidents:

YBhg Dato’ Md Taib Abdul Hamid
YBhg Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal
YBhg Datuk Jason Tai Hee
YBhg Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Lodin Bin Wok Kamaruddin

Honorary Secretary: YBhg Tan Sri Dato’ Dr Michael Yeoh Oon Kheng

Honorary Treasurer: Mr Yeonhang Chuah

Executive Committee Members

  • YBhg Dato Yeoh Seok Kian
  • YBhg Tan Sri Rastam Mohd Isa
  • Mr Ravindran Kurusamy
  • Mr Steven Tee Shin Yau
  • Mr Goh Peng Ooi

Some photos of the meeting proceedings can be found below:


The MAJECA 2020 – 2021 Annual Report Book can be found here:

Report on ASEAN-Japan Business Week held from 24 – 28 May 2021

On 24 to 28 May 2021, the ASEAN-Japan Business Week held a series of virtual webinars. Hosted by Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Japan Business Federation (JBF, Keidanren), Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI), Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI), ASEAN Secretariat (ASEC), ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC), ASEAN-JAPAN Business Council (AJBC), Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA), AEM-METI Economic and Industrial Cooperation Committee (AMEICC) Secretariat, the ASEAN-Japan Business Week also showcased various supporting business organisations from ASEAN nations.  

Southeast Asia has always been at the heart of international business for many Japanese companies, and it has become even more important for the latter to respond flexibly and rapidly to the massive transformation such as “digitalization” and “green growth” in the region.

ASEAN-Japan Business Week was designed to give participants an opportunity to get a better understanding of the latest trends around ASEAN businesses and its future potential that spans across various sectors. The keywords of this event are “Innovation” and “Sustainability”, which are in alignment with “Dialogue for Innovative and Sustainable Growth (DISG)”, launched last year with endorsement by Economic Ministers from ASEAN and Japan.

During the Business Week, executives of leading companies had talked about their vision and initiatives with concrete examples, and a wide range of experts from various fields had discussed on how to accelerate and expand their initiatives.


PROGRAMME OUTLINE:

The outline of the 5-day programme (in Jakarta Time (UTC+7) were as follows.

For more details on the programme and the participating speakers, please click on the following link:

https://ameicc.org/aseanjapan_businessweek/en/day-1.html


Day 1: May 24, 2021 (Monday)

Time: 13:00 pm – 14:00 pm ~ Establishing New Partnership between Japan and Southeast Asia

Time 14:00 pm – 16:00 pm ~ Transforming Southeast Asia, Transforming Japanese Business

Day 2: May 25, 2021 (Tuesday)

Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am ~ SDGs and Business Contribution in Southeast Asia

Time: 12:00 pm – 14:00 pm ~ Growing Opportunity for SMEs in ASEAN region

Day 3: May 26, 2021 (Wednesday)

Time: 11:00 am – 15:00 am ~ Promoting Green Business for Sustainable Development in Southeast Asia

Day 4: May 27, 2021 (Thursday)

Time: 10:15 am – 11:45 am ~ International Politics and Economics Surrounding Southeast Asia: Perspectives on its relationship with the US and China

Time: 12:30 pm – 14:00 pm ~ From SEA: Business Opportunities and Challenges in ASEAN region in post-Covid-19

Day 5: May 28, 2021 (Friday)

Time: 11:00 am – 13:00 pm ~ Southeast Asia Start-ups in the three hottest fields – DX Platform Program

Time: 13:30 pm – 14:45pm ~ New Business Opportunities in BCG (Bio-Circular-Green) Sector in Thailand


Day 1 (24th May) highlighted the importance of “Innovation” and “Sustainability” for future win-win relationship between ASEAN and Japan. This was echoed in the speeches of the main speakers and also key figures from Japanese and businesses that expressed their expectations and hope such as increased sustainable investments and heightened digitalisation based on the theme of “Transforming Southeast Asia, Transforming Japanese Business”.

Day 2 (25th May) saw two sessions focused on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). Co-organised by ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute and RIETI, the first session entitled “SDGs and Business Contribution in Southeast Asia” was joined by experts from ISEAS and Japanese companies and gave their insightful thoughts. The second session led by JCCI included several speakers from Japanese MSMEs that shared their knowledge about business in SEA and gave suggestions for other Japanese MSMEs to find new business opportunities in the region.

On Day 3 (26th May), the session entitled “Promoting Green Business for Sustainable Development in Southeast Asia” had discussed the importance of Asia Transition Finance, new prospects and commitment to achieve carbon neutrality for the manufacturing industry as well as ASEAN-Japan cooperation in sustainable growth and green business. This was followed by two panel discussions whose themes were “The importance on Asia Transition Finance” and “Exploring New Business Opportunity in Southeast Asia and the Commitment to Achieve Carbon Neutrality for the Manufacturing Industry”.

Day 4 (27th May) saw discussions on international politics and economics surrounding Southeast Asia, especially from the perspectives on its relationship with the US and China. JETRO had organised another session where presidents of JETRO branches in the ASEAN region presented the latest business information of each country which was elaborated under the theme of “New Trends of Innovation and Sustainability in the Post-COVID-19 Era & Direction toward ASEAN-Japan further Collaboration”.

On Day 5 (28th May), JETRO had organized two special sessions. For the first one, ASEAN start-ups from various fields had delivered pitch presentations to introduce their innovations and ideas while aiming further collaboration with Japanese companies. In succession, at the end of ASEAN-Japan business week, a session entitled “New Business Opportunities in BCG (Bio-Circular-Green) Sector in Thailand” was held. The “BCG Economy” was introduced as Thailand’s new national policy followed by a panel discussion on how to expand BCG business in Thailand for Japanese businesses.


Archived video recordings of the various presentations can be found on the AMEICC website via the following link:

https://ameicc.org/aseanjapan_businessweek/en/index.html


Gallery of photos of the ASEAN-JAPAN Business Week as snapped by the MAJECA Secretariat:

Online Investment Forum “Malaysia in its Present State” on 6 April 2021 hosted virtually by JETRO KL via Zoom

On 6 April 2021, the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) Kuala Lumpur organised an online investment forum titled ‘Malaysia in its Present State’ over Zoom, alongside the co-organisers, the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) Malaysia, Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) and the Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA). MAJECA and its counterpart, JAMECA were supporting organisations for this event.

Since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus pandemic, there has been transformation in supply chains and business models worldwide. Malaysia has not been spared from this pandemic. There has been changes in its investment environment with the implementation of various restrictions such as the Movement Control Order (MCO), which have halted economic activities and restricted daily movements of its people.

This forum comprises 2 sessions. Session I covered the general investment environment in Malaysia, focusing on promoted sectors in Malaysia, manufacturing industry of high value-added products, digital industry, as well as regional headquarters. The speakers at the forum comprised of the Malaysian government and Japanese companies based in Malaysia who spoke on topics relating to the latest investment environment and available government incentives.

Session II, focused on the state of Johor, particularly on the economic corridor of “Iskandar Malaysia”. This session highlighted the investment opportunities, its digital ecosystem and explaining the recent trends of the Japanese companies operating in this corridor.


<PROGRAMME OUTLINE>

Date:   April 6, 2021 (Tuesday)

Time:   From 14:00 pm onwards (Malaysia time) / from 15:00 pm onwards (Japan time)

Platform: Zoom

Languages: Japanese/English (simultaneous interpretation) 

Agenda:

Session I: “Attractiveness of the Investment Environment in Malaysia” 

Time: 14:00 pm – 15:30 pm (Malaysia time) / 15:00 pm – 16:30 pm (Japan time)

Organizer: JETRO (Japan External Trade Organization)

Co-organizer: MITI, MIDA

Supported by: 

Embassy of Japan in Malaysia, Ministry of Economy, Trade & Industry Japan (METI), The Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Malaysia (JACTIM), The Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, The Japan-Malaysia Economic Association (JAMECA), Malaysia-Japan Economic Association (MAJECA).

Moderator: Ms. Mai Onozawa, Managing Director of JETRO Kuala Lumpur

Time (MY)

14:00 – 14:10

Opening Remarks by YB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Azmin bin Ali, Senior Minister and Minister of International Trade & Industry Malaysia (MITI)

14:10 – 14:15

Welcoming Remarks by H.E. Hiroshi Oka, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Malaysia

14:15 – 14:30

Topic: Malaysia’s Investment Policy by Mr. Ahmad Khairuddin Bin Abdul Rahim, Deputy Chief Executive Officer II (DCEO II) of MIDA

14:30 – 14:40

Topic: Digital Transformation between Malaysia and Japan by Mr. Hideaki Fujisawa, Director, Asia and Pacific Division, Trade Policy Bureau of METI, Japan

14:40 – 14:50

Q&A Session

14:50 – 15:25

Panel Discussion “Malaysia in its new light”

Moderator: Mr. Hironobu Kitagawa, Executive VP of JETRO

Panelist:

Mr. Hideyuki Yoshida

MD of Konica Minolta Business Technologies (M) S/B

15:25 – 15:30

Closing Remarks for Session I by Mr. Nobuhiko Sasaki, Chairman & CEO of JETRO

15:30 – 15:40

Break

Session II: “Attractiveness of the Investment Environment in Johor”

Time: 15:40 pm – 16:50 pm (Malaysia time) / 16:40 pm – 17:50 pm (Japan time)

Organizer: JETRO (Japan External Trade Organization)

Co-organizer: IRDA

Supported by: MITI, MIDA, Embassy of Japan in Malaysia

Moderator: Mr. Yamada Takayoshi, JETRO Kuala Lumpur

15:40 – 16:00

Topic: Investment Environment in Johor & Incentives for Promoted Sector by Mr. Engku Ahmad Kamel, Director Economics & Investment of Iskandar Reginal Development Authority (IRDA)

16:00 – 16:20

Topic: Digital Ecosystem in Johor & the latest updates on Blockchain Village by Mr. Zulfiqar Zainuddin, Managing Director of IIB Ventures Sdn Bhd

16:20 – 16:40

Topic: Corporate trends among Japanese companies in Johor & the Introduction of MEDINI projects by Mr. Yasuhiro Nakano, Executive Vice President of MEDINI ISKANDAR Malaysia

16:40 – 16:50

Q&A Session

END

This timely online investment forum reflected the strong interest from the business communities in both Malaysia and Japan towards seeing a reinvigoration of the bilateral trade relations and momentum between the nations.

This forum coincides with the signing of a memorandum of cooperation (MoC) between JETRO and the Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE) to further strengthen bilateral trade promotion and collaboration. This partnership was signed during the second leg of International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali’s trade and investment mission to South Korea and Japan on Monday, 5 April 2021. (Source: The Malay Mail, 6 April 2021,  https://www.malaymail.com/news/money/2021/04/06/matrade-japan-external-trade-organisation-sign-moc-to-strengthen-bilateral/1964171


The opening remarks of YB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, Senior Minister, Minister of International Trade and Industry can be viewed from the MITI website here:

1st MAJECA-JAMECA Webinar on Malaysia-Japan Collaboration on Digitalisation held on 22 October 2020 Via Zoom Hosted by JAMECA

The 1st MAJECA-JAMECA Joint Webinar was held on 22 October 2020 over Zoom, in lieu of the postponed physical meeting for the 38th MAJECA-JAMECA Joint Conference due to the COVID19 pandemic.  120 participants representing MAJECA and JAMECA members, government officials, industry leaders, visionaries and entrepreneurs joined the webinar.

MAJECA-JAMECA Webinar on Malaysia-Japan Collaboration on Digitalisation on Thursday, 22 October 2020 from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm (Malaysian time)

2.00 pm – 2.10 pm

Webinar starts.

Welcome address:

  • Mr Kazuto Sasaki, Secretary-General, JAMECA
  • Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal, Vice-President, MAJECA

2.10 pm – 2.20 pm

Digital Malaysia – Mr Hew Wee Choong, Vice President, Investment Development, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) – status, incentives, programmes, successful digitalization efforts.

2.20 pm – 2.30 pm

Malaysia Lighthouse Project – Mr Norhizam Ibrahim, Director, Advanced Technology and Research & Development Division, MIDA 

2.30 pm – 2.40 pm

Asia Digital Transformation (ADX) Program – Ms. Mai Onozawa, Managing Director, JETRO Kuala Lumpur.

Presentations by Japanese & Malaysian companies.

Moderator:   Tan Sri Dato’ Dr Michael Yeoh Oon Kheng, Hon. Secretary, MAJECA

2.40 pm – 2.50 pm

1. Toy Eight Holdings Co (Japan) – Mr Masaki Ishibashi, Founder, CEO.

Japan’s experiential edutainment playground, backed by AI technology that was developed by ex-MIT researchers, creative directors and educators with the premise that all children are born with talent. The programme seeks to uncover their natural-born talent and maximize their learning.

2.50 pm – 3.00 pm

2. SmartDrive Inc (Japan) – Mr Retsu Kitagawa, CEO

SmartDrive has developed a unique vertically integrated business from mobility data sensors to mobility data utilization and service development, all based on its mobility data platform which is open and connected to customers and partners around the world.

3.00 pm – 3.10 pm

3. iPay88 Malaysia – Mr Hiroshi Saito, Director

iPay88 Holdings Sdn Bhd is ASEAN’s leading payment company. Since 2006, iPay88 has successfully provided e-commerce and online payment services to more than 15,000 merchants regionally and globally. In 2015, NTT DATA, a Japanese system integration company, acquired iPay88. 

As one of the global innovators, NTT DATA has been striving to establish a framework through which it can provide its diverse services worldwide, and support its customers’ needs. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, iPay88 has presence in Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and more recently in Bangladesh. iPay88 also has presence in Hong Kong, China and Japan through its collaboration with NTT Data. iPay88 currently engages over 230 professionals across its offices. Backed by strong partnerships with over 100 local and international financial institutions, our state-of-the-art payment solutions have assisted and built up thousands of successful entrepreneurs in the e-commerce and m-commerce space

3.10 pm – 3.20 pm

4. Medini Iskandar Malaysia – Mr Shafique Iqbal, Vice-President, Strategic Marketing, Medini Iskandar Malaysia Sdn Bhd.

Incorporated in 2007, Medini Iskandar Malaysia Sdn Bhd (MIM) is the master developer of 2,230-acres of land in a thriving urban township located in the southern tip of Johor; a township that is envisaged to become the central business district of Iskandar Puteri. Since its inception, MIM has undergone a continuous evolution. The company began as a master planner and infrastructure manager, niche developer focusing on commercial offices and providing value-added township management services as well as becoming the front-runner in the development of a smart and sustainable city.

3.20 pm – 3.30 pm

5. JF Technology Berhad – Mr Dillon Atma Singh, Chief Executive Officer

JF Technology Berhad designs, develops and provides high performance test interface solutions to its global customers for Semiconductor Integrated Circuits (IC) test. JF Technology is one of the leading Patents and Intellectual Property (IP) owner in its technology solutions which are used to test a wide variety of IC applications that includes 5G, Internet of Things (IOT), Automotive, Consumer Electronics and others. 

3.30 pm – 3.55 pm

Q&A

3.55 pm – 4.00 pm

Closing remarks by JAMECA and MAJECA

MAJECA and JAMECA had been focused on promoting the Innovative Technologies Sectors over the past few years. Industry 4.0 (IR4.0) had led to the introduction of systems that are capable of independently creating algorithms and processing data that guide business decisions. Such advancements in technology are actively disrupting and impacting business operations in every field.

The outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic had prioritised and accelerated the pace of adoption of these technologies by businesses of all sizes to remain competitive. In lieu of this, businesses have had to, and are called to adapt, to remain competitive and sustainable in this changing climate.

Taking cognizance that businesses need to adopt market-driven technological innovations to be able to compete effectively in the global marketplace, MAJECA, together with its counterpart, JAMECA, was privileged to collaborate with Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) and The National Tech Association of Malaysia (PIKOM) to organise this webinar.

Continuing with the momentum generated by last year’s 37th Joint Conference and cognisant of the need to continue the efforts to facilitate the ever-important bilateral economic ties with Japan, particularly in the digital sector, the theme of the virtual conference focused on “Malaysia-Japan Collaboration on Digitalisation”.

MAJECA was led by its Vice President, Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal, while JAMECA was led by Mr Kazuto Sasaki, Secretary-General, who both gave their welcome address. Mr Hanyu of JAMECA served as the master of ceremonies for the webinar. H.E. Hiroshi Oka, Ambassador of Japan to Malaysia and the Japan Embassy’s Economic Counselor, Mr Nakagawa also participated in this webinar.

Welcome Address by Representatives of MAJECA and JAMECA

Mr Kazuto Sasaki, Secretary-General, JAMECA, giving his Welcome Address

Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal, Vice-President, MAJECA, giving his Welcome Address

The first part of the webinar began with presentations by three role players in facilitating Malaysia-Japan collaboration from the policy standpoint. This session was made possible by the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) and Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Kuala Lumpur.

Topics and presenters:

1) Digital Malaysia

Mr Hew Wee Choong, Vice President, Investment Development, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)

2) Malaysia Lighthouse Project

Mr Norhizam Ibrahim, Director, Advanced Technology and Research & Development Division, Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA)

3) Asia Digital Transformation (ADX) Project

Ms Mai Onozawa,  Managing Director, JETRO Kuala Lumpur

The second part of the Webinar moderated by MAJECA’s Hon. Secretary, Tan Sri Dr Michael Yeoh Oon Kheng proceeded with presentations by two (2) Japanese & three (3) Malaysian companies sharing their digitalisation insights.

Tan Sri Dr Michael Yeoh Oon Kheng introducing the speakers

Topics and presenters:

1) Toy Eight Holdings Co

Mr Masaki Ishibashi, Founder, CEO

2) SmartDrive Inc

Mr Retsu Kitagawa, CEO

3) iPay88 Malaysia

Mr Hiroshi Saito, Director

4) Medini Iskandar Malaysia

Mr Shafique Iqbal, Vice-President, Strategic Marketing

5) JF Technology Berhad

Mr Dillon Atma Singh, CEO

The webinar proceeded with a Q & A session moderated by Tan Sri Dr Michael Yeoh Oon Kheng, Hon. Secretary, MAJECA.

The webinar closed with remarks by Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal, Vice President, MAJECA, and Mr Kazuto Sasaki, Secretary-General, JAMECA.

Group Photo of Speakers (from top left, clockwise) Mr Retsu Kitagawa, Mr Masaki Ishibashi, Mr Dillon Atma Singh, Tan Sri Dr Michael Yeoh Oon Kheng, Mr Norhizam Ibrahim, Mr Shafique Iqbal, Mr Hiroshi Saito, Mr Hew Wee Choong

46th ASEAN-Japan Business Meeting (AJBM) Virtual Conference held on 17th March 2021 Via Zoom hosted by MAJECA (AJBM Malaysia) and Keizai Doyukai

The 46th ASEAN-Japan Business Meeting (AJBM) was, in a historic first, held virtually over Zoom. The virtual conference saw the participation of more than 250 attendees comprising ASEAN & Japanese business leaders and their fraternity, representatives of Chambers of Commerce, government agencies, universities and research organisations.

MAJECA, representing AJBM Malaysia, hosted the 46th ASEAN-Japan Business Meeting (AJBM) on 17 March 2021 (Virtual Conference) with our co-host Keizai Doyukai (Japan Association of Corporate Executives). The ASEAN-Japan Business Meeting (AJBM) is a multilateral, private-led forum between Japan and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The inaugural meeting was held in 1974 in Tokyo, Japan, on the initiative of Keizai Doyukai, one of the influential national business organizations in Japan.

This conference continues to be an important platform for building partnerships between ASEAN and Japanese companies. Over the years, this conference has addressed many themes that had brought about successful bilateral and multilateral business collaborations between Japanese and ASEAN companies.

As nations continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, there was an urgent need for sustainable collaborative efforts and digitally-forward solutions to ensure business continuity for economies to remain on track. 

The 46th AJBM brought together key business leaders from Japan and ASEAN to share and exchange insights on their respective COVID-19 pandemic experiences. In line with the theme of the virtual conference, ‘New Relationship between ASEAN and Japan in the “New Normal” post COVID-19’, all the speakers across the business private sector from both Japan and ASEAN emphasied the imperative need to stay resilient by rebuilding through innovation centered on digital transformation.

The Programme above can be download here:


Opening Session

The Opening Session was moderated by Mr Nobuhide Hayashi, Co-Chairman, 46th AJBM (Japan), who introduced the line-up of eminent speakers. 

Mr Nobuhide Hayashi,

Co-Chairman, 46th AJBM (Japan) introducing the speakers for the Opening Session. He also moderated a brief Q & A section here.

Tan Sri Azman Hashim,

Chairman, 46th AJBM (Malaysia) and President, MAJECA giving his welcome remarks.

Mr Kengo Sakurada,

Chairman, Keizai Doyukai, giving his opening remarks.

H.E. Dato Lim Jock Hoi,

Secretary-General of ASEAN, delivering his keynote address.

In his address, H.E. Dato Lim affirmed the role of the private sector in generating greater sustainable progress in the ASEAN Economic Community, highlighting that the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) was an example of how ASEAN rallied to ensure the openness of the markets to build regional resilience, especially in light of the pandemic. Further, the Secretary-General emphasised the importance of digital transformation to the region as seen in the ASEAN Digital Master Plan 2025 and the ASEAN Digital Integration Framework Action Plan 2025. 

H.E. Dato Lim called for the private sector to collaborate in these following areas:

1. Supporting business continuity by maximising cross-border productive activities

2. Restoring supply chain and trade connectivity by leveraging digital technologies

3. Mobilising resource for recovery

Mr Takehiko Nakao,

Chairman, Mizuho Research Institute Ltd (Former President, the Asian Development Bank) in his keynote address.

Mr Nakao elucidated his optimism for a post-pandemic ASEAN accrediting the resilient growth of the ASEAN nations to several factors which includes investment in infrastructure, education and health, as well as the external-oriented trade and investment regime. Emphasising on the important role of ASEAN as a platform for international cooperation, Mr Nakao views RCEP as a new basis for stronger ASEAN-Japan partnership.

Mr Nakao noted that areas for ASEAN-Japan partnership can be engaged via greater use of digital technologies, review of supply chains, tackling of social issues and pursuit of renewable energy and energy conservation for climate actions.


Plenary Session 1

The first plenary session titled – New opportunities in the “new normal”: new industry & business possibilities responding to social challengeswas moderated by Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal, AJBM Malaysia & Vice-President of MAJECA.

Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal, 

AJBM Malaysia and Vice-President of MAJECA, moderated Plenary Session 1.

Dr Nobuhiro Endo,

Chairman, NEC Corporation

Mr Fernando Zobel de Ayala,

President, Ayala Corporation

Mr Taro Shimada,

Vice President & Chief Digital Officer, Toshiba Corporation

Mr Patrick Tang,

Vice President, APAC, SIGOS


Plenary Session 2

The second plenary session titled Rebuilding the value chain in Asia during/after COVID19, was split across two sub-topics namely: Japanese companies’ value chain strategy in Asia, and new regional strategy of ASEAN companies. Mr Shazali Sulaiman, AJBM Brunei was moderator for this plenary session.

Mr Shazali Sulaiman, 

AJBM Brunei moderated Plenary Session 2. 

For the sub-topic of Japanese companies’ value chain strategy in Asia, the speakers are as follows:

Mr Hiroki Totoki

Executive Deputy President & CFO, Sony Corporation

Mr Joji Tagawa

Senior Vice President & Chief Sustainability Officer, Nissan Motor Corporation

The speakers for new regional strategy of ASEAN companies were: 

Tan Sri Tony Fernandes,

Non-Independent Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, AirAsia Group Berhad

Mr Kettivit Sittisoontornwong,

CEO, LEO Global Logistics Public Company Limited


Plenary Session 3

This session showcased the innovative solutions and opportunities for collaborative efforts between ASEAN and Japan, titled ‘Co-creating innovation for overcoming social issues’Mr Naoaki Mashita, CEO, V-cube Inc was the moderator for this session. This session featured three ASEAN & four Japanese companies whose presentations were relevant to the four sub-themes of this session which were:

  • Supporting the resilience of society
  • Supplying sustainable energy
  • Enhancing social inclusion & access to opportunities
  • Supporting people’s health and well-being

These four sub-themes were aimed at touching on key relevant industry sectors that are digitally-emergent and / or necessary for sustainable development in the ASEAN region and in Japan. These industry sectors comprise infrastructure, disaster prevention, renewable energy, finance, fintech and medical/healthcare.

Mr Naoaki Mashita, 

CEO, V-cube. Inc, moderated Plenary Session 3.

The speakers of Plenary Session 3 were as follows:

Mr Goh Peng Ooi,

Chairman, Silverlake Axis Sdn Bhd

Dr Pun-Arj Chairatana,

Executive Director, National Innovation Agency of Thailand

Dr Anand Prasad,

Founder & CEO, wenovator

Mr Yoshinobu Osaka,

Member of the Board, Director of Challenergy Inc.

Dr Tatsuhiro Nomaguchi,

Manager, International Business Department,

Metabologenomics, Inc. and President CEO, Metagen Singapore Pte. Ltd.

Mr Ryuhei Sadoshima,

CEO and Founder of Safie Inc.

Mr Yoshitaka Yamamuro,

Director, Asia Digital Transformation Policy Office Minister’s Secretariat,

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)


Wrap-up and Recommendations

The moderators of the three plenary sessions gave their wrap-up and key learnings from the conference proceedings.

Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal,

AJBM Malaysia & Vice-President, MAJECA, moderator for Plenary Session 1.

Mr Shazali Sulaiman,

AJBM Brunei, moderator for Plenary Session 2.

Mr Naoaki Mashita,

CEO, V-cube Inc, moderator for Plenary Session 3.


Closing Session

The Chairman of the 46th AJBM (Malaysia) & President of MAJECA, Tan Sri Azman Hashim gave his closing remarks.

Tan Sri Azman Hashim, 

Chairman, 46th AJBM (Malaysia) and President of MAJECA

giving his closing remarks.

Following that, his Co-Chairman of the 46th AJBM (Japan), Mr Nobuhide Hayashi delivered his closing remarks and announced the host of the 47th edition of this ASEAN-Japan Business Meeting.

Mr Nobuhide Hayashi,

Co-Chairman, 46th AJBM (Japan)

delivering his Closing Remarks & Announcement

Philippines, as incumbent host & chairman of the 47th AJBM, represented by Mr Gerard B. Sanvictores, Chairman, Philippines-Japan Economic Cooperation Committee, Inc. (PHILJEC), gave his acceptance speech announcing that the 47th edition is slated for 2022, hoping for an in-person meeting thenTo keep up to date with the development of the 47th ASEAN-Japan Business Meeting, please visit PHILJEC’s homepage at:

http://www.philippinesjapansociety.com/philjec/

Mr Gerard B. Sanvictores,

Chairman, Philippines-Japan Economic Cooperation Committee, Inc. (PHILJEC),

giving his acceptance speech


Networking Sessions

Committed to the spirit of networking and a more intimate exchange of insights in spite of the distance and limitations caused by the pandemic, Zoom Meeting Rooms were opened at set points throughout the conference as an avenue for attendees to peruse to meet, network and exchange greetings with other attendees, leveraging the audiovisual features of the Zoom Meeting platform.

Additionally, an exclusive Zoom Meeting session was opened before the event proper for networking amongst the panelists, VIPs, sponsors and select members of the 46 AJBM. Greetings and reflections of the past year and the pandemic were shared amongst the participants in this meeting room.


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This virtual conference was made possible through the extensive efforts and cooperation from our co-host, Keizai Doyukai, the AJBM Steering Committees across ASEAN, the speakers and moderators, attendees and sponsors, namely, Yanmar Holdings Co., Ltd., Silverlake Axis Sdn Bhd and AmBank Group Berhad.

Yanmar is active in every part of the planet earth that touches lives. Yanmar maintains an unparalleled reputation for reliability and efficiency based on the strength of its technologies in these domains.

Silverlake began as a specialist in the replacement of legacy to large-scale core banking systems and is regarded today as one of the most significant Banking and Financial solutions and services provider in the Asia Pacific region.

AmBank Group comprises is one of the largest banking groups in Malaysia whose core businesses are retail banking, wholesale banking, Islamic banking, and life and general insurance.

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

2nd MAJECA-JAMECA Webinar on Malaysia-Japan Collaboration on Digital Creative Content Sector held on 27th January 2021 Via Zoom hosted by JAMECA

The 2nd MAJECA-JAMECA Webinar on Malaysia-Japan Collaboration on Digital Creative Content Sector, co-organised by the Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE) and Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), supported by the Digital Content Association of Japan (DCAJ), Visual Industry Promotion Organisation (VIPO) and the National Tech Association of Malaysia (PIKOM), was held on 27th January 2021 over Zoom. The webinar garnered more than 330 registrants and 300 attended the webinar. These attendees came from various business sectors, organisations and agencies from Malaysia and Japan.

Leveraging the advances and opportunities of digitalisation and IR4.0, the Digital Creative Content sector continues to grow to reach a wider audience. This webinar was aimed at highlighting the value and expanding business potential of the digital creative content sector, along with available incentives and ongoing initiatives for businesses and its resultant opportunities along its entire value chain. The webinar brought together Japanese and Malaysian companies to share their journey, insights and experiences in the digital creative content sector. Participants of this webinar were able to appraise and realise the value creation possibilities of digital creative content sector based on the insights gained from our various speakers.

MATRADE in their presentation highlighted a few key areas of the digital creative content sector of Malaysia:

  • Malaysia’s Digital Exports totalled of RM 6.9 billion (ICTSA 2019). 
  • Malaysian video game market generated revenue of US$443 million in 2018, with a forecast CAGR of 4.8% to reach US$561 million by 2023. (PWC Global Entertainment & Media Outlook 2019-2023). 
  • 20.1 million Malaysian gamers spending USD 673 million on Video Games alone in 2019. 
  • Local animation studios’ works have a translated export of RM 170 million and a presence in more than 120 countries.
  • 330 studios directly involved in various stages of production and development with 10,000 job created.
  • Malaysia is leader of IP creation in Southeast Asia and regional outsourcing destination for animation & video games.
  • Attractive location for business development and closer in terms of geography and animation/game culture as well cost efficiency.
  • Talent with multi-lingual background and cultural influences from both the East and West.
  • Less time difference.

The webinar programme was as follows:

Welcome Address

The video above is only available in Japanese.

Mr Kazuto Sasaki, Secretary-General of Japan-Malaysia Economic Association
(JAMECA)
giving his welcome address. 

Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal, Vice-President of Malaysia-Japan Economic Association
(MAJECA)
delivering his opening speech.

Plenary Session 1

The theme for this session was “Overview and Initiatives for the Digital Creative Content Sectors in Malaysia and Japan”. Panelists from Malaysia comprised of the Mr Niqman Rafee M. Sahar, Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE) Japan and Mr Mohan Low, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), while the panelists from Japan were Ms Miki Iwai, Digital Content Association of Japan (DCAJ) and Mr Kentaro Tsuchida, Visual Industry Promotion Organisation (VIPO).

Topics and presenters:

1) Introduction of Malaysia-Japan Bilateral Trade and Opportunities in the Digital Creative Content Sector in the Region

– Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE) Japan

Presented by: Mr Niqman Rafee M. Sahar, Director

https://www.matrade.gov.my/en/

2) Malaysia as Heart of Southeast Asia: Digital Content, Animation, Games and More

– Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)

Presented by: Mr Mohan Low, Digital Creative Content Head

https://mdec.my/

3) Outline of Digital Content Market in Japan

– Digital Content Association of Japan (DCAJ)

Presented by: Ms Miki Iwai, Chief of Research Department

http://www.dcaj.or.jp/english/

4Introduction of VIPO and Japan Content Localisation and Distribution (J-LOD)

– Visual Industry Promotion Organisation (VIPO)

Presented by: Mr Kentaro Tsuchida, Deputy General Manager of Globalisation Support Dept. 

https://www.vipo.or.jp/en/

Plenary Session 2

The second half of the webinar was themed “Success Stories, Common Challenges, Collaboration and Partnership Opportunities”. Four companies shared their experiences these included, two Malaysian companies with a strong clientele in Japan and two world-renowned Japanese companies operating in Malaysia. The two Malaysian companies, Glow Production and Streamline Studios are also active participants in one of MATRADE’s trade promotion programmes, Tokyo Game Show (TGS). They also highlighted the effectiveness of participating in TGS to boost up their business expansion to Japan and the region.

This session was moderated by Mr Naim Abdul Rahman (pic below), Director of Electrical & Electronics, ICT and Machinery & Equipment Section, Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE). 

Mr Naim Abdul Rahman, the moderator for the session, introducing the speakers.

The speakers and topics were as follows:

1) Cinematic Design

– Glow Production

Presented by: Mr Fong Siu Gi, Project Director

https://glow-production.com/

2Building and Maintaining Lasting Long Term Creative Partnerships

– Streamline Media Group

Presented by: Mr Richard Cheah, General Manager

https://www.streamline-mediagroup.com/

3PlayStation Studios Malaysia and the Opportunities for Growth

 Sony Interactive Entertainment Worldwide Studios Malaysia (PlayStation Studios Malaysia)

Presented by: Mr Hasnul Hadi Samsudin, Head of Studio 

https://www.playstation.com/en-us/corporate/playstation-studios/

4Endeavour for Oversea Business in Game Development

– Bandai Namco Studios Malaysia Sdn Bhd

Presented by: Mr Nakamura Shoji, CEO, Bandai Namco Malaysia

https://www.bandainamcostudios.my/

The webinar proceeded with a Zoom poll and Q & A session moderated by Mr Naim Abdul Rahman, Director of Electrical & Electronics, ICT and Machinery & Equipment Section, Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE).

Closing Remarks

The webinar ended with closing remarks (below) from Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal, Vice-President, MAJECA, and Mr Kazuto Sasaki, Secretary General, JAMECA.

Closing Address by 
Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal, Vice-President, MAJECA

Closing Address by 
Mr Kazuto Sasaki, Secretary-General, JAMECA

The video above is only available in Japanese.

MAJECA would like to place on record our utmost appreciation to our co-organisers JAMECA, MATRADE and MDEC, as well as our supporting organiser DCAJ, VIPO and PIKOM for their efforts in bringing about this successful webinar.

2021 News and Events

11th Asian Business Summit (ABS) on 6th November 2020 hosted by Keidanren (via Zoom)

 

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The 11th Asian Business Summit (ABS) was held on 6th November 2020 over Zoom, with the participation of 14 business organizations representing 12 Asian Economies. Malaysia was represented by MAJECA through its three executives, Tan Sri Azman Hashim, President, Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal, Vice-President, with Tan Sri Dr Michael Yeoh, Hon. Secretary in attendance.

 

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The 11th Asian Business Summit / Digital Conference Agenda (Final)

Date: November 6th, 2020

12:00-16:30 (Malaysian Time)

13:00 – 17:30 (Tokyo Time)

hosted by Keidanren, Japan

*Japanese / English simultaneous interpretation

Moderator: Mr. Masakazu Kubota, Director General, Keidanren


12:00-12:20 MYT

13:00-13:20 JT

Opening Session

Opening Remarks:  Mr. Nobuyuki Koga, Chairman of the Board of Councillors, Keidanren

Guest Speech: Mr. Yasutoshi  Nishimura, Minister of State for Economic and Fiscal Policy and Minister in charge of Economic Revitalization

12:20-13:30 MYT

13:20-14:30 JT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plenary Session I : Impact of COVID-19 & Challenges for post-COVID-19 Economic Recovery in member economies and Asia

 Session Moderator: Mr. Satoshi Mukuta, Senior Managing Director, Keidanren

Speakers:  5 Min / each

Mr. Nobuyuki Koga

Chairman of the Board of Councillors, Keidanren

Mr. Kalin Sarasin

Chairman, The Joint Standing Committee on Commerce, Industry and Banking (JSCCIB)

Mr. Zhang Shaogang

Vice  Chairman, China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT)

Mr. Uday Kotak

President, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)

Mr. Rosan Perkasa Roeslani

Chairman, Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN)

Mr. Tae-shin Kwon

Vice Chairman & CEO, Federation of Korean Industries (FKI)

Tan Sri. Azman Hashim

President, Malaysia-Japan Economic Association (MAJECA)

Mr. Aye Tun

Joint Secretary General, The Republic of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI)

Mr. Gerard B. Sanvictores

Chairman, Philippine-Japan Economic Cooperation Committee (PHILJEC)

Mr. Ho Meng Kit

Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Business Federation (SBF)

Dr. Huang Mao-Hsiung

Honorary Chairman, Chinese East Asia Economic Association (CEAEA), Taiwan 

Dr. Vu Tien Loc, Chairman and President, Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI)

13:30-14:00 MYT

14:30-15:00 JT

Break
14:00-15:00 MYT

15:00-16:00 JT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plenary Session II : Challenges facing Asia

Session Moderator: Mr. Ichiro Hara, Managing Director, Keidanren

Speakers:  4 minutes / each

1. Trade policy

Mr. Tae-shin Kwon

Vice Chairman & CEO, Federation of Korean Industries (FKI)

Mr. Chandrajit Banerjee

Director General, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)

Datuk Seri. Mohamed Iqbal

Vice President, Malaysia-Japan Economic Association (MAJECA)

Mr. Shigeru Hayakawa

Vice Chair, Keidanren

2. Infrastructure

Mr. Rosan Perkasa Roeslani

Chairman, Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN)

Mr. Supant Mongkolsuthree

Chairman, The Federation of Thai Industries

Mr. Ye Min Aung

Vice President, The Republic of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI)

Mr. Tatsuo Yasunaga

Vice Chair, Keidanren

3. Digitalization

Mr. Zhu Hongren

Standing Vice Chairman, China Enterprise Confederation (CEC)

Dr. Huang Mao-Hsiung

Honorary Chairman, Chinese East Asia Economic Association (CEAEA), Taiwan

Mr. Ferdinand A. Ferrer

Treasurer, Philippine-Japan Economic Cooperation Committee (PHILJEC)

Mr. Kobsak Duangdee
Secretary General, The Thai Bankers’ Association

Mr. Kenichiro Yamanishi

Vice Chair, Keidanren

4. Environment and Energy

Mr. Kao Kuo-Lun

Vice Chairman, Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce (CNAIC), Taiwan

Mr. Hitoshi Ochi

Vice Chair, Keidanren

15:00-16:20 MYT

16:00-17:20 JT

Exchange of Views

Session Moderator: Mr. Ichiro Hara, Managing Director, Keidanren

16:20-16:30 MYT

17:20-17:30 JT

Joint Statement and Future Work
16:30 MYT

17:30 JT

Closing

Note:-  Please note above “MYT” denotes “Malaysian Time”  and “JT” denotes  “Tokyo Time”. 


3.    Opening Session 

Mr Nobuyuki Koga, Chairman of the Board of Councillors, Keidanren giving his opening remarks.

Mr Yasutoshi Nishimura, Minister of State for Economics and Fiscal Policy and Minister in charge of Economic Revitalisation giving his guest speech via video message.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Plenary Session 1

This session was titled “Impact of COVID-19 & Challenges for post-COVID-19 Economic Recovery in member economies and Asia”.

Mr Satoshi Mukuta, Senior Managing Director, Keidanren moderated.

The presenters for this session were the following:

From top-left, clockwise:

  1. Mr Nobuyuki Koga, Chairman of the Board of Councillors, Keidanren
  2. Mr Kalin Sarasin, Chairman, The Joint Standing Committee on Commerce, Industry and Banking (JSCCIB)
  3. Mr Zhang Shaogang¸Vice Chairman, China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT)
  4. Mr Uday Kotak, President, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)
  5. Mr Rosan Perkasa Roeslani, Chairman, Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN)
  6. Mr Tae-shin Kwon, Vice Chairman & CEO, Federation of Korean Industries (FKI)

From top-left, clockwise:

7. Tan Sri Azman Hashim, President, Malaysia-Japan Economic Association (MAJECA)

8. Mr Aye Tun, Joint Secretary General, The Republic of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI)

9. Mr Gerard B. Sanvictores, Chairman, Philippines-Japan Economic Cooperation Committee (PHILJEC)

10. Mr Ho Meng Kit, CEO, Singapore Business Federation (SBF)

11. Dr Huang Mao-Hsiung, Honorary Chairman, Chinese East Asia Economic Association (CEAEA), Taiwan

12. Dr Vu Tien Loc, Chairman & President, Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI)

 

The President of MAJECA, Tan Sri Azman Hashim sharing his insights.

 

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Plenary Session 2

The second plenary session was titled “Challenges facing Asia”, and was split into four parts which were: trade policy, infrastructure, digitalization, and, environment and energy respectively.

This session was moderated by Mr Ichiro Hara, Managing Director, Keidanren.

 

The speakers for each session were as follows:

  1. Trade Policy

From top-left, clockwise:

1.Mr Tae-shin Kwon, Vice Chairman & CEO, Federation of Korean Industries (FKI)

2.Mr Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)

3.Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal,Vice President, Malaysia-Japan Economic Association (MAJECA)

4.Mr Shigeru Hayakawa, Vice Chair, Keidanren

 

Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal, Vice President of MAJECA speaking on the Trade Policy panel during Plenary Session 2.

 

 

2.Infrastructure

From top-left, clockwise:

1.Mr Rosan Perkasa Roeslani, Chairman, Indonesia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN)

2.Mr Chartchai Panichewa, Vice-Chairman, The Federation of Thai Industries

3.Mr Ye Min Aung, Vice President, The Republic of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI)

4.Mr Tatsuo Yasunaga, Vice Chair, Keidanren

 

 

  1. Digitalization

From right to left:

1.Mr Zhu Hongren, Standing Vice Chairman, China Enterprise Confederation (CEC)

2.Dr Huang Mao-Hsiung, Honorary Chairman, Chinese East Asia Economic Association (CEAEC), Taiwan

3.Mr Ferdinand A. Ferrer, Treasurer, Philippines-Japan Economic Cooperation Committee (PHILJEC)

4.Mr Kobsak Duangdee, Secretary General, The Thai Bankers’ Association

5.Mr Kenichiro Yamanishi, Vice Chair, Keidanren

 

  1. Environment and Energy
  2. Mr Kao Kuo-Lun, Vice Chairman, Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce (CNAIC), Taiwan

    Mr Hitoshi Ochi, Vice Chair, Keidanren

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Following the end of the plenary sessions, the summit proceeded with an exchange of views with Mr Ichiro Hara, Managing Director, Keidanren continuing as moderator.

A collage of various role players exchanging their views and insights.

(from top-left, clockwise): Mr Ken Kobayashi, Vice Chair of the Board of Councillors, Keidanren; Chair of the Japan-Indonesia Economic Committee & Japan-Myanmar Economic Committee; Chairman of the Board, Mitsubishi Corporation, Mr Tatsuo Yasunaga, Vice Chair, Keidanren; President and CEO, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Inc., Mr Shinya Katanozaka, Vice Chair, Keidanren; President & CEO, ANA Holdings Inc.,  Mr Ichiro Hara, Managing Director, Keidanren, Mr Kenichiro Yamanishi, Vice Chair, Keidanren; Executive Corporate Adviser, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Mr Takashi Yamauchi, Vice Chair, Keidanren; Chairman, Member of the Board, Taisei Corporation, Mr Nobuyuki Hirano, Vice Chair, Keidanren; Chairman, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc., and Mr Ho Meng Kit, CEO, Singapore Business Federation (SBF).

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The 11th Asian Business Summit reached its conclusion with the presentation of the Joint Statement and a group photo of the remaining members.

The 11th Asian Business Summit Joint Statement

On November 6, 2020, the 11th Asian Business Summit was held online with the participation of 14 business organizations representing 12 Asian Economies.

The global coronavirus pandemic has stifled business activities and created a set of extremely challenging conditions for the world economy. At this time, all members of the Asian business community should work closely and collaboratively with their governments and multilateral institutions to address and overcome these challenges. It was with this backdrop in mind that participants in the 11th Asian Business Summit gathered to discuss economic and industrial strategies for the current and post-pandemic eras as well as issues on regional cooperation in Asia.

The Summit began with a series of presentations by participating business organizations, which shared information on the status of the coronavirus pandemic in each economy and the countermeasures which their governments, business communities, and corporate sectors have implemented in response.

In the interest of protecting the lives, jobs, and livelihoods of their citizens, as well as their economies, we call on the governments of Asian economies to take prudent action aimed at balancing economic activities with measures to halt the expansion of the pandemic through the establishment of robust frameworks for the provision of needed medical care, stable delivery of medical supplies, and enhancement of support for businesses and workers. As members of the Asian business community, we are committed to assuming an active role, fully utilizing the resources at our command, and working together to achieve sustained business operations and employment levels as well as diversify and reinforce our supply chains.

It is imperative that we build from that foundation and transform the harsh realities of the current and post-pandemic eras into opportunities for further sustained growth. This Summit provided a forum to deepen our discussions on trade policy, infrastructure development, digitalization, environment, energy, and other issues confronting the Asian economy in the sphere of cooperation. As an outcome of that discussion, we arrived at a consensus on the importance of the following.

First, it is vital that we sustain and strengthen the free and open international economic system. To that end, efforts should be made to promote regional economic integration through early conclusion of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Agreement and the expansion of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). It is necessary to re-establish and enhance connectivity within the region disrupted by the pandemic through both qualitative and quantitative advances in infrastructure development. Furthermore, we will need progress in digital transformation (DX) through data free flow with trust and other growth strategies adapted to the “new normal” as well as promotion of RD&D and finance on environmental and energy technologies aimed at transition to a decarbonized society. To address these challenges, we are committed to speeding up our efforts through cooperation and call for measures in inter- and intra-governmental coordination.

Moving forward, we will continue to utilize the Asian Business Summit platform to discuss the issues facing Asia in fostering sustainable development and facilitate realization of the “Society 5.0 for SDGs” concept.

https://www.keidanren.or.jp/en/policy/2020/106.html

A group photo of various role players taken at the end of the summit.