On 15th January 2021, President of China Enterprises Chamber of Commerce in Malaysia (thereafter refer as, CECCM), Zhang Min together with Secretary-General of CECCM, Liu Shaoquan and Treasurer of CECCM, Yang Zhijun, represented CECCM to virtually meet and welcome the newly appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China to Malaysia, Ouyang Yujing through online meeting. Economic and Commercial Counselor of the embassy, Zhang Peidong and First Secretary, Li Yabin accompanied the ambassador during the meeting.
President of CECCM, Zhang Min warmly welcomed Ambassador Ouyang on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce. He also stated that under the leadership of the ambassador, the strong relationship between China-Malaysia will surely further develop to a more glorious chapter.
President of CECCM, Zhang Min introduced the Chamber of Commerce and reported its main activities in year 2020. He also briefly introduced the investment and business development of Chinese-funded enterprises in Malaysia, as well as the pandemic prevention and operation control since the outbreak. Chinese-funded enterprises in Malaysia have actively donated money and materials to fight the first to second quarter of Covid-19. These enterprises stayed united with Malaysians to do a good job in prevention and control as the pandemic continues to spread in Malaysia. CECCM will continue to unite Chinese-funded enterprises in Malaysia while continuing to prevent and control the pandemic. CECCM will act as bridge and link between China-Malaysia economic and trade exchanges. It will also actively establish communication platform of relevant government agencies to build better relationship between Chinese-funded enterprises and make more contributions to the economic and trade exchanges between China and Malaysia.
Ambassador Ouyang fully affirmed the previous work of CECCM stating that CECCM has a good momentum of development, its organizational structure and system has been continuously improved resulted Chinese-funded enterprises to stay together cohesively. He expressed his gratitude to Chinese-funded enterprises in Malaysia for sticking to their responsibilities and actively fighting the pandemic. Ambassador Ouyang sends his regards and extend New Year greetings in advance to Chinese employees who are far away from their families and struggling in a foreign country.
Ambassador Ouyang deeply analyzed the current international and domestic situation. Under the severe challenge of the Covid-19 pandemic, the bilateral trade and investment between China and Malaysia will grow against the trend in 2020. As of November, the bilateral trade between the two countries exceeded 100 billion U.S. dollars for three consecutive years, reaching 116.6 billion U.S. dollars, which was an increase of 4.6%. China has become the largest source of investment in the manufacturing industry in Malaysia for 4 consecutive years. These achievements are inseparable from the efforts of frontline practitioners which are the Chinese-funded enterprises. Ambassador Ouyang pointed out that the current crisis is not only a challenge, but can be taken as opportunities. He hopes that Chinese-funded enterprises will look at the immediate challenges with a broader perspective and will further study new development opportunities such as the XIV plan quinquenal and RCEP plan.
Ambassador Ouyang raised several expectations for CECCM.
First, to ensure Chinese funded enterprises in Malaysia will strictly abide by relevant laws and regulations issued by the government, emphasize on prevention and control, stabilize people’s hearts, stay in roles and efficiently carry out production as the pandemic situation is severe.
Second, to continue to unite Chinese-funded enterprises in Malaysia in 2021 and provide good services to member companies. CECCM should promote the relationship of its member and China-Malaysia government, chamber of commerce and other associations through various activities. It should also provide assistance to enterprises and assist in solving problems of its members.
Third, to encourage Chinese-funded enterprises to actively assume social responsibility and establish a positive image of Chinese-funded enterprises.
Fourth, to do a good job in the organization and team building between members of CECCCM in order to innovate mechanisms and systems be open to work ideas. This is to establish better contacts with all sectors of the Malaysia society and build a communication platform between China and Malaysia.
As CECCM embrace the new year of 2021, CECCM will implement the instructions of the ambassador to continue to move forward and play important role in Malaysia economic and trade cooperation to further contribute to China-Malaysia relations.