Editorial

 

Greetings from the MASSA Secretariat!

We have just passed 1Q2019 and are pleased to report on a number of events and initiatives by MASSA.

The Malaysian Ambassador to Morocco, H.E. Dato’ Astanah Abdul Aziz and the High Commissioner of Ghana to Malaysia,  H.E. Akua Sekyiwa Ahenkora, made a courtesy call on MASSA President, Tan Sri Azman Hashim at his office.  These diplomats have strongly encouraged MASSA and its members to take a closer look, if not once again, at the emerging opportunities in their respective countries.  Much have changed and a lot of progress have taken place.  MASSA would be pleased to organise a business mission, if members come forth with interest.  In this edition, we have a feature on Ghana, specially prepared by H.E. Akua Sekyiwa Ahenkora for our readers.

EXIM Bank organised a Cross Border Financing and Trade Credit Takaful Seminar for MASSA members on 12 March 2019.  It was well attended by MASSA members.  We give you a report in this edition of the newsletter.

On 11 April 2019, MASSA visited SIRIM Berhad (Standard and Industrial Research Institute of Malaysia (SIRIM).  SIRIM is Malaysia’s premier industrial research and technology organisation.  Being a wholly owned company under the auspices of the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), it is mandated to lead the way for research and technology development and be a champion of quality.  MASSA members were also taken on a tour of its gallery showcasing many milestone achievements todate.

We are also pleased to present members with a number of star programmes conducted by the Selangor Human Resource Development Centre (SHRDC) to assist companies in their endeavour to nurture essential skills to meet the rapidly changing environment.  SHRDC has a wide range of good programmes catering to every developmental  stage of companies which are growing, transitioning, transforming or adapting to the new modern economy of today.

Going forward, our associate, Bangladesh-Malaysia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BMCCI) will be holding its 4th edition of “Showcase Bangladesh – Go Global” in Kuala Lumpur on 11 July 2019.  Members are encouraged to come join this event, network and meet potential business partners in this South Asian country with 170 million population.

MASSA’s planned business mission to Papua New Guinea (PNG) together with Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) did not materialise due to insufficient participation. 

Nevertheless, we encourage members to look out for our weekly circulars to keep abreast of events taking place that would enable you to expand your business horizons and network. 

We thank all our contributors and partners for sharing their information and insights for this edition of newsletter.

 

Editorial Committee

MASSA Secretariat