43rd ASEAN-Japan Business Meeting (AJBM) on 22nd to 24th November 2017 at Bangkok, Thailand

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.

Steering Committee Meeting

(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.

 Speakers, Panelists and participants at the 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

Co, Ltd.

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

Tourism

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

CORPORATION

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.

 

35th MAJECA-JAMECA Joint Conference on 23 November 2017

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”.

 

Backdrop of the 35th MAJECA-JAMECA Joint Conference at the Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

 

(right) Tan Sri Azman Hashim, President of MAJECA welcoming Mr Mikio Sasaki, President of JAMECA at the conference

 

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(left to right) Dato’ Md Taib Abdul Hamid and Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal, both Vice-President of MAJECA arriving at the conference

(left to right) Tan Sri Azman Hashim, President of MAJECA, Mr Mikio Sasaki, President of JAMECA and H.E. Dr. Makio Miyagawa, Ambassador of Japan to Malaysia

(left to right) Dato’ Md Taib Abdul Hamid, Tan Sri Datuk Abdul Hamid Egoh, both Vice President of MAJECA and Mr Kazuo Ohmori, Vice President JAMECA

(center) Arrival of YB Datuk Chua Tee Yong, Deputy Minister of International Trade & Industry (Trade), Malaysia with (right) Tan Sri Azman Hashim, President of MAJECA and (left) Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal, Vice President of MAJECA

(left to right) Mr Mikio Sasaki, President of JAMECA, YB Datuk Chua Tee Yong, Deputy Minister of International Trade & Industry (Trade), Malaysia and (right) Tan Sri Azman Hashim, President of MAJECA

 

VIPs at the Opening Ceremony – (left to right) Mr Hidekazu Oshita, Secretary-General JAMECA, Mr Kazuo Ohmori, Vice President JAMECA, Mr Mikio Sasaki, President JAMECA, H.E. Dr Makio Miyagawa, Ambassador of Japan to Malaysia, YB Datuk Chua Tee Yong, Deputy Minister of MITI (Trade), Tan Sri Azman Hashim, President MAJECA, Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal, Vice President MAJECA and Tan Sri Datuk Abdul Hamid Egoh, Vice President MAJECA

 

Tan Sri Azman Hashim, President of MAJECA delivered the Opening Remarks at the 35th MAJECA-JAMECA Joint Conference

 

Mr Mikio Sasaki, President of JAMECA delivered the Opening Remarks

 

Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Egoh, Vice President of MAJECA delivered the Congratulatory Message from YAB Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Haji Abdul Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia

 

H.E. Dr. Makio Miyagawa, Ambassador of Japan to Malaysia reading the Congratulatory Message from H.E. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan

Participants at the conference

Participants at the conference

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

YB Datuk Chua Tee Yong, Deputy Minister of International Trade & Industry (Trade), Malaysia delivered the Keynote Address and officiated the Opening of the 35th MAJECA-JAMECA Joint Conference

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. Makio Miyagawa, Ambassador of Japan to Malaysia

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.

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Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal, Vice President of MAJECA gave a presentation on “MAJECA-JAMECA – Beyond 40 years and into the next decade” at the joint conference

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”.

(left to right) YB Datuk Chua Tee Yong, Tan Sri Azman Hashim and Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal at the launching of the MAJECA 40th Anniversary Special Edition Book

 

VIPs holding a copy of the newly launched MAJECA 40th Anniversary Special Edition Book

 

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Speakers at the Plenary Session 1 on “Japan-Malaysia Economic & Business Relations – 40 Years & Moving Forward”

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Mr Kazuo Ohmori, Vice President of JAMECA presented a paper on “For the New Frontier of JAPAN-MALAYSIA Economic Relationship”

4.5

Mr Kenji Ohta, Vice Chairman of The Japanese Chamber of Trade & Industry Malaysia (JACTIM) on “Japanese Companies in Malaysia – A Reflection of the past 40 years”

 

Participants posing questions during the Q & A session

 

 

Speakers at the Plenary Session 2 on “Building a strong digital innovation ecosystem with technology changing the business norms”

 

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Mr Hew Wee Choong, Vice President, Investment & Industry Development, Malaysian Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) on “Championing Malaysia’s Digital Economy”

 

4.7

Ms Elena Tan, General Manager, Commerce DotAsia Ventures Sdn Bhd shared about “Key factors and best practices to succeed in e-Commerce”

 

 

4.8

Mr Yuichi Ino, General Manager, Corporate Planning Office, GMOTECH Inc. presented the “History of Mobile Digital Marketing and its Potential in Malaysia, Japan and Asian countries”

 

4.9

Mr Yoshiharu Akahane, Senior Manager of NTT Data Corporation presented on the “NTT Data and the Blockchain Trade Consortium”

Speakers at the Plenary Session 3 on “Accessing the Global Market for Halal Goods and Services”

 

4.10

Dato’ Seri Ibrahim bin Haji Ahmad, Executive Chairman of Brahim’s Holdings Berhad presented on the “Halal Certified Goods and Services fo the Muslim Market in Japan”

 

4.11

Mr Laurence Chooi, Senior Vice President of Aladdin Group Sdn Bhd presented a paper on “e-Commerce – Selling Halal Products Online for the Global Market”

 

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

 

 

4.11

Mr Yushi Inoue, Deputy Managing Director of Kewpie Malaysia Sdn Bhd made a presentation on “Challenges for Halal Business”

 

4.12

Mr Roslan Osman, Senior Manager of Nippon Express (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd presented on the “Global Logistics Service for the Halal Market”

 

4.13

Mr Koji Takeda of Obihiro Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Japan presentation on “Obihiro, Hokkaido – Development of Halal Food with Kedah State SMEs through JICA Partnership Program”

 

 

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.

Tan Sri Azman Hashim, President of MAJECA presented the Chairman’s Summary at the Closing Ceremony of the conference

Closing Remarks by Mr Mikio Sasaki, President of JAMECA

(left to right) Mr Hidekazu Oshita, Secretary-General JAMECA, Mr Kazuo Ohmori, Vice President JAMECA, Mr Mikio Sasaki, President JAMECA, Tan Sri Azman Hashim, President MAJECA and Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal, Vice President MAJECA

 

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.

Tan Sri Azman Hashim, President of MAJECA delivered the Opening Speech at the dinner

 

 

Speech by H.E. Dr. Makio Miyagawa, Ambassador of Japan to Malaysia

Closing Speech by Mr Kazuo Ohmori, Vice-President of JAMECA

 

(left) Tan Sri Azman Hashim presenting a souvenir to Mr Mikio Sasaki, President of JAMECA at the dinner

7.0 The 36th JAMECA-MAJECA Joint Conference will be held in Japan in 2018.

Japanese Award – YBhg Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal, Vice-President and Honorary Secretary of MAJECA

Heartiest Congratulations to YBhg Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal, Vice-President and Honorary Secretary of MAJECA on being conferred “The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon” by His Majesty, the Emperor of Japan.

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(right) H.E. Dr. Makio Miyagawa, Ambassador of Japan to Malaysia presenting the “Conferment Certificate” to (left) Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal on 23 January 2017 at the Japan Ambassador’s Official Residence in Kuala Lumpur

 

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Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal with “The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon” certificate conferred by His Majesty, Emperor of Japan