37th MAJECA-JAMECA Joint Conference on 1 July 2019 at EQ Kuala Lumpur

The 37th Conference of the Malaysia-Japan Economic Association (MAJECA) and Japan-Malaysia Economic Association (JAMECA) was held on 1 July 2019 at EQ, Equatorial Plaza, Kuala Lumpur.

YAB Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Prime Minister of Malaysia, graced this conference with a Keynote Address for the participants.  The theme of the conference focussed on“Expanding Trade & Investments between Malaysia and Japan in the Innovative Technologies Sectors”.   The Prime Minister also had a Q & A dialogue with delegates at the conference.

Since 1977, over four decades, MAJECA and its Japanese counterpart, Japan-Malaysia Economic Association (JAMECA), have played a dynamic role to help Malaysia achieve its economic industrialisation goals, as evident by more than 1,500 Japanese companies in many industrial sectors locating their businesses in Malaysia.   With the fast-changing business landscape, MAJECA takes cognizance that businesses need to adopt market-driven technological innovations to be able to compete effectively in the global marketplace.  

MAJECA is led by its President, Tan Sri Azman Hashim while JAMECA’s President is Mr Mikio Sasaki.

In his keynote speech at the 37th MAJECA-JAMECA Joint Conference, the Prime Minister presented the broad economic climate in Malaysia and the Government’s efforts to develop and restructure the industrial eco-system to meet the needs of the future with the adoption and application of digital and innovative technologies.  Prime Minister encouraged MAJECA-JAMECA to be instrumental to open new frontiers for investments and economic collaborations and partnership between our two countries.

 

CONTENTS PAGE

  1. Report of the 37th  MAJECA-JAMECA Joint Conference on 1 July 2019 at EQ Kuala Lumpur

  2. Programme of the 37th MAJECA-JAMECA Joint Conference

  3. Newspaper Articles


Speeches and Presentations

  1. Ministry of International Trade & Industry Malaysia (MITI)
  2. SIRIM Berhad
  3. Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM)
  4. Mitsubishi Electric Asia Pte. Ltd.
  5. KDDI Malaysia Sdn Bhd
  6. Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA)
  7. JACTIM / Marubeni Corporation, Kuala Lumpur Branch
  8. Invest Selangor Berhad
  9. NanoMalaysia Berhad
  10. Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) Sdn Bhd
  11. The National ICT Association of Malaysia (PIKOM)
  12. Nippon Platform Co. Ltd.
  13. Hitachi Sunway Information Systems Sdn Bhd
  14. Summary Speech by Tan Sri Azman Hashim at Special Session with PM
  15. Keynote Address by YAB PM at the 37th MAJECA-JAMECA Joint Conference

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

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

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

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

The Asian member organisations are currently the following:-

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Report on the 37th MAJECA-JAMECA Joint Conference held on 1 July 2019 at the EQ Kuala Lumpur

The 37th Conference of the Malaysia-Japan Economic Association (MAJECA) and Japan-Malaysia Economic Association (JAMECA) was held on 1 July 2019 at EQ, Equatorial Plaza, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. More than 250 participants representing MAJECA and JAMECA members, industry leaders and entrepreneurs attended the Conference.

YAB Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Prime Minister of Malaysia, graced the Conference with his attendance in the afternoon session, giving a Keynote Address and engaged the audience in a Q & A dialogue.

Since 1977, over four decades, MAJECA and its Japanese counterpart, Japan-Malaysia Economic Association (JAMECA), have played a dynamic role to help Malaysia achieve its economic industrialisation goals. Today, more than 1,500 Japanese companies in many industrial sectors have located their businesses in Malaysia. With the fast-changing business landscape impacted by changes resulting from Industry 4.0. MAJECA takes cognizance that businesses need to adopt market-driven digital and technological innovations to be able to compete effectively in the global marketplace.

In line with these current trends, the theme of the conference focused on “Expanding Trade & Investments between Malaysia and Japan in the Innovative Technologies Sectors”.

MAJECA and JAMECA were led by their respective Presidents, namely, Tan Sri Azman Hashim and Mr Mikio Sasaki. H.E. Dr Makio Miyagawa, Ambassador of Japan to Malaysia, read the Congratulatory Message from H.E. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan.

Tan Sri Azman Hashim

Mr Mikio Sasaki

H.E. Dr Makio Miyagawa

Opening Ceremony L to R: Mr Kazuto Sasaki, Mr Kuniharu Nakamura, Mr Mikio Sasaki, H.E. Dr Makio Miyagawa, Tan Sri Azman Hashim, Dato’ Md Taib Abdul Hamid, Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal

 

Plenary Session 1
The title of this session was “Malaysia-Japan Collaboration on Smart Manufacturing (Industry 4.0) in conjunction with the Second Seminar on “Malaysia-Japan Collaboration Platform on Smart Manufacturing” organized by MITI, MIDA, SIRIM, Embassy of Japan, JETRO & JACTIM”. The topics and presenters for Session 1 were as follows:

  1. Industry4WRD and Its Adoption in MNCs and SMEs
    Dato’ Syed Mohamed Koyakutty, Senior Director, Sectoral Policy, Ministry of International Trade & Industry Malaysia (MITI)

    Dato’ Syed Mohamed Koyakutty, MITI

    Prof. Ir. Dr. Ahmad Fadzil Mohamad Hani SIRIM

  2. Malaysia-Japan Collaboration on Smart Manufacturing
    Prof. Ir. Dr. Ahmad Fadzil Mohamad Hani, President & Group Chief Executive, SIRIM Berhad
  3. Smart Manufacturing Adoption in Industries
    Mr Jacob Lee Chor Kok, Council Member and Chairman, FMM Industry 4.0 Committee, Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM)

    Mr Jacob Lee Chor Kok, FMM I4.0 Committee

    Mr. Soichiro Kuninobu, Mitsubishi Electric Asia Pte Ltd

  4. Realizing Industry4WRD with e-F@ctory
    Mr. Soichiro Kuninobu, General Manager, ASEAN Strategic Marketing Group Factory Automation & Industrial Division, Mitsubishi Electric Asia Pte Ltd
  5. Smart Factory over IoT /RPA Application
    Mr. Naoki Wakabayashi, Managing Director, KDDI Malaysia SDN BHD

    Plenary Session 1 presenters with the Chairman, Tan Sri Azman Hashim & Co-Chairman. Mr Kazuto Sasaki.

     

Plenary Session 2 : Investment Collaboration in Innovative Technologies
Topics and presenters:

  1. Malaysia’s Current Status of Industry 4.0 and Business Opportunities
    Mr Ahmad Khairuddin Abdul Rahim, Sr. Executive Director, Strategic Planning & Development, Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA)
  2. Current Japanese Enterprises Investment Trend in Malaysia
    Mr Masakuni Nakayama, JACTIM / Marubeni Corporation, Kuala Lumpur Branch

    Mr Ahmad Khairuddin Abdul Rahim, MIDA

    Mr Masakuni Nakayama, JACTIM

  3. Selangor – Skills Development, What can Selangor offer, Business Opportunities – Core Clusters
    Dato’ Hasan Azhari Bin Hj. Idris, CEO, Invest Selangor
  4. Malaysia’s Nanotechnology Ecosystem Supporting Smart Cities, Manufacturing and Green Agenda
    Dr. Rezal Khairi Ahmad, Chief Executive Officer, NanoMalaysia Berhad

    Dato’ Hasan Azhari Bin Hj. Idris, Invest Selangor

    Dr. Rezal Khairi Ahmad, NanoMalaysia Berhad

     

    Session 2 Group picture with Chairman, Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal and Co-Chairman, Mr Kazuto Sasaki

     

Plenary Session 3 : The Digital Economy
Topics and presenters:

  1. Digital Economy : Malaysia’s New Era of Business Growth
    Dato’ Ng Wan Peng, Chief Operating Officer, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) Sdn Bhd

    Dato’ Ng Wan Peng, MDEC

    Mr Ganesh Bangah, PIKOM

  2. The Development of E-Commerce in Malaysia
    Mr Ganesh Bangah, Chairman, The National ICT Association of Malaysia (PIKOM)
  3. Cashless Solutions
    Mr. Jun TAKAGI, Chief Executive Officer (Overseas) Nippon Platform Co. Ltd.

    Mr. Jun TAKAGI, Nippon Platform Co Ltd

    Mr Cheah Kok Hoong

  4. Transforming Businesses through Digitalisation
    Mr Cheah Kok Hoong, Group Chief Executive Officer / Director – Hitachi Sunway Information Systems Sdn Bhd

 

Session 3 presenters with Chairman and Co-Chairman

YAB Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Prime Minister of Malaysia, graced this conference with a Keynote Address for the participants.  The Prime Minister also had a Q & A dialogue with delegates at the conference.

 

In his keynote speech at the 37th MAJECA-JAMECA Joint Conference, the Prime Minister presented the broad economic climate in Malaysia and the Government’s efforts to develop and restructure the industrial eco-system to meet the needs of the future with the adoption and application of digital and innovative technologies.  The Prime Minister encouraged MAJECA and JAMECA to be instrumental to open new frontiers for investments and economic collaborations and partnership between Malaysia and Japan.

Questions & Answers Session with the Prime Minister

 

The Prime Minister took time to visit the Resource Booths.

Mitsubishi Electric Asia Pte Ltd

 

Mitsubishi Electric Asia Pte Ltd

 

KDDI Malaysia Sdn Bhd

KDDI Malaysia Sdn Bhd

KDDI Malaysia Sdn Bhd

Nippon Platform Co. Ltd

Nippon Platform Co. Ltd

Public Bank Berhad

Invest Selangor

Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) Sdn Bhd

 

Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) Sdn Bhd

AmBank Group

Private Session with the Prime Minister

Closing remarks at Dinner

Tan Sri Azman Hashim, President of MAJECA

Mr Kuniharu Nakamura, Vice-President of JAMECA

Exchange of souvenirs

Dinner Reception hosted by MAJECA. Entertained by Tan Sri Azman Hashim and University Malaya’s Big Band

 

Visit Level Up Inc and Orbit on 2 July 2019 from 9.30 am to 1.00 pm

Venue:
Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) @ Level up Inc & Orbit, Vertical Corporate Tower B, Avenue 10, The Vertical, No. 8, Jalan Kerinchi, Bangsar South, Kg. Kerinchi, 59200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

MAJECA thanks MDEC for arranging the Post-Conference visit to Level Up Inc and Orbit on 2 July 2019.  45 Conference delegates participated in the visit which included MAJECA President, YBhg Tan Sri Azman Hashim as well as YBhg  Dato’ Seri Ibrahim Haji Ahmad (MAJECA EXCO Member) and YBhg Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay from Genting Group.

The programme was as follows:

  • Welcoming Remarks by Hew Wee Choong, Vice President, Investment & Industry Development, MDEC
  • Level Up Presentation: Title: Interactive Media. Presented by  Hasnul Hadi Samsudin, Vice-President, MDEC Creative Content & Technologies
  • Sharing Session by Level Up members
  • Orbit Presentation by Title: Orbit – Fintech Hub by Mr Tang, MDEC
  • i2M presentation on “World’s Best Nearshore – GBS ISKANDAR” by Zulfiqar Zainuddin, Managing Director i2M
  • Sharing Session by Orbit members
  • Presentation by United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)

Level Up Inc @ Game Hub
Level 7, Vertical Corporate Tower B, Avenue 10,
The Vertical, No. 8, Jalan Kerinchi,
Bangsar South, Kg. Kerinchi,
59200 Kuala Lumpur.

 

  • An incubator for top small and medium game startups to collaborate, support and accelerate their businesses as part of the government support to make Malaysia the regional game hub.
  • Comprising 5,000 sqft space within one of KL’s largest 36,000 sqft co-working space ‘Komune’ at Vertical Corporate Tower in Bangsar South which started operations in September 2017.
  • Community Activities
    • Monthly game development hangout
    • Publisher pitching
    • Investment pitching
    • Project business matching
    • Workshop & training

ORBIT
Level 3, Vertical Corporate Tower B, Avenue 10,
The Vertical, No. 8, Jalan Kerinchi,
Bangsar South, Kg. Kerinchi,
59200 Kuala Lumpur.

  • 20k sqft co working space and a Fintech Hub aims to be a lightning rod to attract and catalyse the fintech ecosystem in Malaysia; in collaboration with Bank Negara and Securities Commissions.

 

List of tenants in ORBIT;
VISA, Merchantrade, Chaintope, MPAY, UNCDF

UNCDF Financial Innovation Hub launch
Accelerate innovation in digital financial services with new or improved solutions that empower the daily lives of low and moderate income people. The Hub runs on three pillars; incubating and accelerating innovation, creating a culture of innovation, and facilitating learning and sharing.

The Financial Innovation Lab – a platform created under the hub is currently running 2 challenges – B40 Persona Challenge & the Pacific-ASEAN Financial Innovation Challenge

Accelerators partnered and presence in ORBIT
SuperCharger
and Alpha Start-ups to get the right pool of start-ups for ideation and established redomicile and flourish in Malaysia.

Mr Hew Wee Choong, Vice President, Investment & Industry Development, MDEC welcoming delegates to Level Up Inc

Interactive Media by Mr Hasnul Hadi Samsudin, Vice-President, MDEC Creative Content & Technologies

 

Three Level Up presenters shared their experiences

 

Co-working space at Level Up Inc.

 

Visit to Orbit

 

Orbit – Fintech Hub presentation by Mr Tang,
MDEC

World’s Best Nearshore – GBS ISKANDAR by Zulfiqar Zainuddin, Managing Director i2M

Junya Yoshizaki presented Chaintope’s Blockchain protocol development

Merchantrade Asia Sdn Bhd presentation – development of cross border, multi-currency payment solutions

 

1337 Ventures -technology accelerator and early stage venture capital focused on doing pre-seed and seed stage investments by Bikesh Lakhmichand, Founding Partner

Jaspreet Singh presenting the UN Capital Development Fund
– unlocking public and private finance for the poor

 

Tour of Obit

JAMECA Secretary-General, Mr Kazuto Sasaki, presenting a souvenir to Dato’ Ng Wan Peng, COO of MDEC

 

Picture Gallery

Sharp Electronics (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd showcased their LED touch-screen Interactive White Board for the registration of participants.

 

 

 

MAJECA meeting with Mr Katsuhiko Ushiba of Kansai Economic Federation (KANKEIREN), Japan on 15 November 2018


Mr Katsuhiko Ushiba, Director, Business Platform Office for Asia, International Affairs Department, Kansai Economic Federation (Kankeiren), Japan visited Kuala Lumpur.  The purpose of his visit was to introduce Kankeiren’s new initiative called the “Business Platform for Asia” with the aim to stimulate business interchange, create business opportunities and to promote technical collaborations between the participating countries.

NCCIM hosted a dinner for Mr Ushiba to meet alumni members who had  attended the previous Kankeiren ASEAN Management Seminars.

(left to right) Ms Florence Khoo, Asst. Executive Secretary MAJECA, Ms Ng Su Fun, Executive Secretary MAJECA, Ms Syidah Harun, NCCIM, Mr Katsuhiko Ushiba, KANKEIREN, Dato’ Sri Syed Hussien Al Habshee, Secretary-General NCCIM and Ms Ooi Suan Kim, Executive Chairman, Builders Biomass Sdn Bhd at the dinner