- 23 October 2012: 38th ASEAN-Japan Business Meeting in Kuala Lumpur
- 10 October 2012: Conference on Look East Policy – A New Dimension & MAJECA-JAMECA 31st Joint Conference
- 9 April 2012: Second Roundtable Discussion on Look-East Policy (LEP) – 30th Anniversary
- 20 March 2012: Meeting of the Malaysia-Japan Committee for the 30thAnniversary of Look East Policy at the Embassy of Japan
- 7 March 2012: Visit of High-level Delegation from Keidanren
- 8 February 2012: First Roundtable Discussion on Look-East Policy (LEP)
- 21-22 November 2011: 30th JAMECA-MAJECA Joint Conference in Tokyo, Japan/Malaysia Seminar in Tokyo, Japan/Visit to Yokohama City
- 3-4 November 2011: 37th AJBM Conference in Yangon, Myanmar
- 29 September 2011: The Second Asian Business Summit in Tokyo, Japan, hosted by Keidanren
- 12 September 2011: Luncheon Talk by H.E. Ambassador of Japan to Malaysia on “Japan: Post-Tsunami”
1.0 The 43rd ASEAN-Japan Business Meeting (AJBM) was held on 22nd to 24th November 2017 at the Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand. The theme for this meeting was “Deepening ASEAN-Japan Economic Partnership Through Promotion of Tourism and Related Industries”.
AJBM Malaysia was represented by YBhg Dato’ Che Mohd Annuar Che Mohd Senawi, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Idaman Unggul Berhad and EXCO Member and Treasurer MAJECA. YBhg Dato’ moderated Plenary Session 2: Healthcare and Other Potential Opportunities of Tourism Strategy as well as Roundtable 2: Tourism + MICE + Other Industries and Rapporteur for the Wrap Up and Summary Session.
The other Panelist from Malaysia was Ms Premala Danapakiam, Senior Manager – Business Events of Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MYCEB) at the Roundtable 2: Tourism + MICE + Other Industries.
(Seated, 2nd from right) Dato’ Che Mohd Annuar Che Mohd Senawi , Executive Chairman
and Chief Executive Officer, Idaman Unggul Berhad and EXCO Member MAJECA
at the Pre-Meeting for Session Chairs & Panelists
2.0 AJBM Thai hosted a Welcome Dinner on 22nd November 2017 to welcome all the Speakers, Panelists and participants to the meeting. Chairman of the 43rd AJBM, Dr. Thanong Bidaya delivered the Welcome Remarks at the dinner.
3.0 Dr. Thanong Bidaya, Chairman of the 43rd AJBM delivered the Opening Remarks and Message from Dr. Somkid Jatusripitak, Deputy Prime Minister Thailand at the Opening Ceremony of the 43rd ASEAN-Japan Business Meeting (AJBM) on 23rd November 2017.
4.0 Dr. Yoshimitsu Kobayashi, Chairman of Keizai Doyukai delivered the Welcome Remarks at the Opening Ceremony.
5.0 Special Remarks by Mr. Shinya Katanozaka, Co-Chairman of the 43rd AJBM.
6.0 Speakers, Panelists and participants at the 43rd AJBM meeting.
Participants at the meeting
7.0 H.E. Ms Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Minister of Tourism and Sports delivered the Keynote Speech at the Plenary Session 1 on “Tourism as a Driver of Service Industry Promotion”.
8.0 Panelists for “Plenary Session 1: Tourism as a Driver of Service Industry Promotion” were from the following countries:-
Panelist 1 from Cambodia: Mr Ho Vandy, General Secretary of Cambodia National Tourism Alliance (CNTA) and Advisor to Cambodia Chamber of Commerce (CC)
Panelist 2 from Indonesia: Mr Iman H. Kusumo, CEO, P.T. Pangestu Buwana
Panelist 3 from Thailand: Dr Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of Tourism Authority of Thailand
Panelist 4 from Philippines: Associate Prof. Dr. Ramon A. Amampay, University of The Philippines,
Asian Institute of Tourism
Mr Shinya Katanozaka, 43rd AJBM Co-Chairman moderated the Plenary Session 1.
9.0 Panelists for “Plenary Session 2: Healthcare and Other Potential Opportunities of Tourism + Strategy” were:-
Panelist 1: Tourism + Healthcare from Singapore
Mr Royston Lek, Managing Director, Fullerton Health, Regional Healthcare Management
Panellist 2: Tourism + Healthcare from Thailand
Dr. Som-Arch Wongkhomthong, M.D., CEO Group 4, Bangkok Dusit Medical Services, PLC
Panelist 3: Tourism + Food & Cuisine from Japan
Mr Akihiko Sugawara, President, Kesennuma Chamber of Commerce and
Industry/President, Otokoyama Honten, Co., Ltd.
Panelist 4: Tourism + Local Industry from Japan
Mr Kenzo Nitta, General Manager, Sales Department, NOUSAKU Corporation
(Tourism + Food & Cuisine)
Dato’ Che Mohd Anuar Che Mohd Senawi, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Idaman Unggul Berhad moderated the Plenary Session 2.
10.0 3 Roundtables were concurrently held:
10.1 Roundtable 1: Tourism + Healthcare Services
Panelist 1: Indonesia – Mr Irwan Sumarlin, Director, PT Sinar Mega Sakti Ltd
Panelist 2: Thailand – Dr. Wilairat Chaivipas, Senior World Business Intelligence Specialist: World
Business Group, Kasikorn Bank
Panelist 3: Thailand – Prof. Sinn Anuras, M.D., Advisor to The Private Hospital Associate Thailand
Mr Keiichiro Nishi, Managing Director, GLOBIS CORPORATION moderated this Roundtable 1 session.
10.2 Roundtable 2: Tourism + MICE + Other Industries
Panelist 1: MICE from Brunei – Mr Shazali Sulaiman, Partner, KPMG The Brunei Darussalamand
Chairman, International Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Panelist 2: MICE from Malaysia – Ms Premala Danapakiam, Senior Manager – Business Events of
Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MYCEB)
Panelist 3: MICE from Thailand – Ms Nichapa Yoswee, Senior Vice President – Business of Thailand
Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB)
Panelist 4: Local Food and Products from Japan-Mr Ryoichi Fujisaki, Vice President, Tourism
Development Marketing & Sales Planning, ANA Sales
Dato Che Mohd Anuar Che Mohd Senawi, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Idaman Unggul Berhad moderated this Roundtable 2 session.
10.3 Roundtable 3:Issues, Challenges and Opportunities for Tourism Industry
Panelist 1: Human Resource from Philippines
– Associate Prof. Dr. Ramon A. Alampay, University of the Philippines, Asian Institute of
Panelist 2: Cross Sectoral Collaboration and Human Resources from Japan
– Mr Akihiro Sugawara, President, Kesennuma Chamber of Commerce and Industry &
President, Otokoyama Honten, Co., Ltd.
Panelist 3: Digitalization and Technology from Japan
– Mr Yoshikazu Tanaka, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Gree, Inc.
Panelist 4: Microfinance from Myanmar
– Mr Htay Aung, Former Minister of Hotel and Tourism
Attorney Carrie Bee C. Hao (PHILJEC) from Philippines moderated the Roundtable 3 session.
11.0 At the Wrap Up and Summary sessions, Moderators presented reports from the Breakout Sessions:-
Rapporteur 1: Tourism + Healthcare – Mr Keiichiro Nishi (Japan), Managing Director, GLOBIS
Rapporteur 2: Tourism + MICE, Other Industries – Dato’ Che Mohd Annuar Che Mohd Senawi
(Malaysia), Executive Chairman and Chief Executive
Officer, Idaman Unggul Berhad
Rapporteur 3: Challenges and Opportunities – Attorney Carrie Bee C. Hao (Phillippines)
Mr Keiichiro Hashimoto (Japan), Executive Vice Chairman and COO, SHIOYATOCHI CO., Ltd moderated at this session.
12.0 Dr. Thanong Bidaya, 43rd AJBM Chairman and Mr Shinya Katanozaka, 43rd Co-Chairman delivered the Closing Remarks at the Closing Ceremony.
13.0 The Thai AJBM National (Committee) hosted the Closing Dinner on the Wonderful Pearl Cruise.
Participants at the dinner cruise
14.0 A JETRO International Symposium on Service Industry was held on 24th November 2017. AJBM participants were invited to attend.
15.0 The AJBM Thai Committee organised site visitations to:-
- – Bangkok Hospital (Bangkok Dusit Medical Services PLC)
– Let Relax Onsen and Spa
– Subway Station (Sanam Chai Station and Isaraphap Station)
16.0 The next 44th ASEAN-Japan Business Meeting (AJBM) will be held in Indonesia.
1.0 The 35th MAJECA-JAMECA Joint Conference cum 40th Anniversary Celebration of MAJECA and JAMECA was successfully convened on 23 November 2017 at the Shangri-la Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The theme was “MAJECA and JAMECA – Beyond 40 Years and into the Next Decade”.
3.0 Malaysia hopes to achieve high income nation status and Vision 2020 by year 2020. Beyond 2020, Malaysia is also looking into a National Transformation Plan 2020 to 2050 known as TN50. Malaysia is also a vibrant part of ASEAN and the ASEAN Economic community. The next step is the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, which includes Japan in the ASEAN+3+3 framework.
Japan is aiming for “Regional Revitalization” in order to overcome population decline and to revitalise the local economy in Japan.
The 35th MAJECA-JAMECA Joint Conference discussed trends and opportunities for the next decade whilst reviewing its achievements in the last 40 years.
4.0 Keynote Address by YB Datuk Chua Tee Yong, Deputy Minister of International Trade & Industry (Trade), Malaysia
The Honorary Deputy Minister of International Trade & Industry (Trade), Malaysia acknowledged that MAJECA had been pivotal in promoting closer economic relations between the private sectors of Malaysia and Japan, and greatly instrumental for the substantial flow of investments from Japan into Malaysia. Malaysian Government is committed to build deeper economic ties with Japan through collaborations with JETRO-MIDA-MATRADE via seminars, roundtable meetings with SME Industries, business matching programmes and business missions. Projects implemented under the LEP 2.0 have yielded commendable outcomes across multiple sectors.
4.1 Special Address by H.E. Dr Makio Miyagawa, Ambassador of Japan to Malaysia – “Japan-Malaysia Partnerships for the Future”
H.E. Dr Miyagawa in his Special Address recognized that there were many opportunities for Malaysia and Japan to collaborate. This included the robust infrastructure development in Malaysia, Islamic Market Development, opportunities for collatorations and interactions between Japan and Malaysia in the digital economy, development of SMEs as supporting industries to the Japanese MNC, amongst others.
4.3YB Datuk Chua Tee Yong, Deputy Minister of International Trade & Industry (Trade) and YBhg Tan Sri Azman Hashim launched the MAJECA 40th Anniversary Special Edition Book entitled “Enabling Economic Empowerment”.
An overview of the market for Halal goods and services:
■ 1.8 billion Muslims worldwide (3 billion 2060).
■ HALAL market USD2.3 trillion (USD3.7 trillion 2019).
■ Increasing demands from non-Muslims countries.
■ HALAL tourism spending – USD200 billion by 2020.
■ HALAL Cosmetics –USD73 billion by 2019.
■ HALAL Pharmaceuticals – USD370 billion by 2021.
■ HALAL – One of the fastest growing segment in e-commerce
5.0 YBhg Tan Sri Azman Hashim, in his closing speech, reiterated that there were many new areas of co-operation that can be explored and built upon between the members of MAJECA and JAMECA. The digital era has enabled current businesses to have new channels and platforms to reach customers on a global scale. Boldness was needed to embrace these changes. The President welcomed mutually beneficial collaborations between Malaysian and Japanese businesses with new innovations and technology expertise in order to better compete in the global arena. The Japanese companies were also encouraged to use Malaysia as their base.
The President also encouraged JAMECA to work alongside MAJECA to raise the profile of the Joint Conferences to be a key annual event for Industry leaders and players to meet and collaborate and to spur new business collaborations between our private sectors.
6.0 MAJECA hosted a dinner for participants of the 35th MAJECA-JAMECA Joint Conference at the Shangri-La Hotel.
Tan Sri Azman Hashim, President of MAJECA delivered the Opening Speech at the dinner. In his speech, Tan Sri Azman expressed MAJECA’s thanks and appreciation to Mr Mikio Sasaki, Co-Chairman and President of JAMECA, Mr Kazuo Ohmori, Vice President of JAMECA, Mr Hidekazu Oshita, Secretary-General of JAMECA, all distinguished Speakers from Japan and Malaysia, all sponsors for the Joint Conference, participants from Japan and Malaysia and MAJECA and JAMECA Secretariat staff who assisted to make the conference a success.
7.0 The 36th JAMECA-MAJECA Joint Conference will be held in Japan in 2018.