By Tan Mei Kuan
Celebrating a 107-year milestone, the Malaysian International Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MICCI) Perak Branch held its annual luncheon on Tuesday, October 15 at WEIL Hotel with over 170 in attendance.
Present were guest of honour, Dato’ Seri Ir Mohammad Nizar B Jamaluddin, the Executive Councillor for Investment, Industrial and Corridor Development; Vanu Gopala Menon, Singapore High Commissioner; Darcee Munroe, Canadian Senior Trade Commissioner; Datuk Tan Cheng Kiat, President of MICCI KL; Dato’ Andy Choong Kar Foo, Vice President of MICCI KL and Dato’ Gan Tack Kong, Chairman of FMM Perak branch.
“This year, MICCI Perak was kept occupied with various activities, amongst which are regular engagement with HRDF Perak (Human Resources Development Fund) to close the gaps and meetup to resolve issues relating to the state facilities such as free-trade zones (FTZs) and quarry matters. We also collaborated with TNB (Tenaga Nasional Berhad) to promote renewable sources of energy and organised relevant training and in-house programmes for members,” stated Punniamoorthy Nadarajan, branch vice chairman representing Dato’ Lim Si Boon, branch chairman.
“We are proud to be one of the strategic partners for the upcoming Perak International Expo 2019 (PIEX) in November,” he added.
“For the first half of this year which is from January to June 2019, a total of 52 projects were approved with an estimated investment value of RM2.03 billion. Both the manufacturing and services sectors were the beneficiaries of the said projects. The spin-off from the said investments generated a total of 2434 jobs. In addition Perak is amongst the top five states which had been approved with the highest total value of investments between January to June 2019 which is RM1724.4 million,” Nizar highlighted.
The event proceeded with the presentation of the long-standing member award to Norma Products Malaysia Sdn Bhd for 10 years of membership.
Established in 1911, some of the MICCI chamber services include advocacy, business networks, export documentation, trade opportunities, international ATA Carnet, information resources and SME mentoring.
Its mission is to champion Malaysian and international business by connecting with government, improve members’ competitiveness, advise and assist members and create business connections and networks.
For more info, call MICCI Perak branch at 05 253 2233.
Meanwhile, the first-of-its-kind Perak International Expo 2019 (PIEX) will be held from November 14 to 17 at Stadium Indera Mulia starting 10am till 10pm. It is the largest integrated trade exposition to be organised by the state government targeting the B2B and B2G market to promote Perak state as the top choice for trade and investment partners.
Key highlights of PIEX feature four major parallel events which are the Pangkor Dialogue (a large-scale, annual gathering of international and local dignitaries, academicians, investors and non-governmental organisations); Pride of Perak (promotes the state especially in the tourism sector); Perak Startup Festival (state’s biggest startup and digital economy event) and Perak International Halal Expo 2019 (a platform to showcase multitude shariah compliant locally made products and services).