It has been a year filled with transition for both Malaysia as a nation and AMCHAM.
The GTP and ETP put’s Malaysia on a footing to regain her standing as a preferred FDI destination and a thriving economy in this region. AMCHAM is appreciative of the difficulties involved and supportive of the Malaysian Government’s efforts to create a conducive business environment in which AMCHAM member companies can thrive in. We have been actively working together with the relevant authorities to input our members’ feedback on various new initiatives and laws such as the Competition Act and on the issue of minimum wage.
We are in the thick of things as far as Malaysia’s development and transformation is concerned.
As the focus shifts to Asia-the world’s largest continent with over 60% of the world’s population and indeed Southeast Asia, AMCHAM continues to work to make the Trans-Pacific-Partnership a reality sooner rather than later.
Furthermore, we are actively engaging the global solar power industry to increase their investments here in both upstream and downstream solar activities. We believe that this is an area of which Malaysia can emerge as a global leader much as it has the halal industry and Islamic financing.
Ultimately, this is an opportunity for our member companies to not only reap lucrative dividends on their solar investments but for companies that form part of AMCHAM to give back to this wonderful country.
As for our CSR programmes, we have intensified our Young Enterprise Program as more secondary schools throughout the country seek to engage with us. The response has been good as the number of participants increase and the impact of the program is felt among the youth of Malaysia.
AMCHAM for its part bids farewell to friends from the executive office that in their time with us have grown professionally to take up employment opportunities elsewhere. On the other hand, we welcome new colleagues to our team. This blend of old and new faces will certainly give AMCHAM the boost it needs to continue with its advocacy as Malaysia marches on to become a developed-nation and a high-income economy.
Perhaps AMCHAM’s journey could be described by the words of the English author Horace Walpole who said in his book, The Three Princes of Serendip-“as their highnesses traveled, they were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things which they were not in quest of....".
Here’s to serendipity.
Happy New Year!
From the desk of AMCHAM Executive Office.