Bolstering alliances for a prosperous EU – Malaysia partnership

The EUROCHAM Malaysia advocacy team is your voice in Malaysia ensuring that you are heard and the concerns of the European business community are taken into consideration by the Malaysian government. As chamber of chambers, we are working closely with our core and founding members being the EU bilateral chambers of commerce represented in our board, the European Union Delegation in Malaysia, the national embassies and trade counsellors to influence business regulations as well as promote the ease of doing business in Malaysia. By bolstering strong alliances, we are able to achieve the best results for you. EUROCHAM Malaysia believes in a constructive partnership with all stakeholders.

We invite European companies to become either top-up members through our EU bilateral chambers of commerce or direct members of EUROCHAM Malaysia, and share with us concerns as well as challenges in the current business environment. The chamber offers you a platform to exchange and communicate with the Malaysian government and most importantly to address challenging and inhibiting legislation or rules. EUROCHAM Malaysia has an excellent success rate of influencing and improving government regulation via continuous engagement and discourse.

Accumulating the voices and opinions of all EU member countries and considering the voices of our European partner countries, EUROCHAM Malaysia has established and constantly grows a number of sectoral committees. These committees assist the EUROCHAM Malaysia team with sector-specific knowledge and highlight specific challenges faced in industries such as Aerospace, Automotive, Food & Beverage, Healthcare, Green Technology or services to name a few. If you become a member of EUROCHAM Malaysia, you will benefit from engaging committee meetings and events, which offer a great forum to discuss and address industry initiatives.

The objectives of the Committees

  • To advocate the necessities of the EU business community with the goal of improving the business environment in Malaysian market.

  • To promote, support and develop EU-Malaysia business interests and investment opportunities in Malaysia.

  • To foster partnerships between EU and Malaysia based on mutual, long term and measurable commitments for sustainable business development.

Our Committees

Our Committees

Our sectoral committees assist the EUROCHAM Malaysia advocacy team in formulating advocacy initiatives by providing knowledge and inputs to Position Papers, Media Statements and government dialogues. The committees are most competent in identifying and highlighting the most pressing issues in managing their business successfully in Malaysia and therefore provide relevant recommendations. The EUROCHAM Malaysia advocacy management, may invite the committees to involve or even represent EUROCHAM Malaysia in sector-specific government dialogues, meetings and events as and when required.

To date, EUROCHAM Malaysia has 8 active Sector Committees :

Automotive

  • Head of Committee:

    Mr. Pierre Brochet, Avocat au Barreaude Paris & Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales 

  • Deputy Head:

    Mr. Idros Puteh, Strategic Customer Development Director for Scania Southeast Asia

Overview

The EUROCHAM Automotive Committee is open to authorised importers and distributors of automotive brands with Headquarters in Europe and any other related corporations active in the automotive sector of either Europe or Malaysia.

This committee is a platform for sharing information as well as discussion and concerns on matters related to the automotive industry while seeking to support and work together with the Malaysian authorities in order to improve overall business environment and best practices in the sector.

Construction

  • Head of Committee:

    Mr. Oliver Roche, Founder & Managing Director for Real Project Management 

  • Deputy Head:

    Mr. WK Chow, General Manager for Zofar Mechanical & Electrical Engineering Sdn Bhd

Overview

The EUROCHAM Construction Committee was launched in 2019 and aims to contribute to the Malaysian Construction and Property industries through promotion of the Building Information Modelling (BIM) framework to the Malaysian policy makers and stakeholders. The committee aims to promote technologies, products and services from the European Union community that may benefit both Malaysian and European actors. Part of the Construction Committee action plans would be to increase awareness and understanding of construction digitalisation, its benefits and effectiveness amongst the Malaysian policy makers and stakeholders, to highlight the transformative effects of the European experience in adopting digitalisation in the construction industry. Additionally, to encourage cross-fertilisation within the framework of construction technologies, products and services between EU and Malaysia and to contribute conversations and thought leadership on digitalisation of the construction industry through representations at local and international workshops, roundtable discussions, speaking opportunities and other events.

Healthcare

  • Head of Committee:

    Mr. Jari Niemi, Chairman President for MFBC 

  • Deputy Head:

    Mr. Hitendra Joshi, Head of Government Affairs and Market Access for B. Braun

Overview

The EUROCHAM Healthcare Committee consists of healthcare professionals sharing similar codes of conduct and whose manufacturing facilities are located in Malaysia or abroad. The EUROCHAM Healthcare Committee supports developments in the booming Malaysian healthcare industry and strives to promote efficiency in the system. Besides providing a strong platform for dialogue and cooperation between the public and private sectors, the committee maintains its critical mindset and addresses issues, varying from healthcare facilities for senior citizens to the clarification of legislation. Apart from focusing solely on the Malaysian market, the Committee seeks to explore business opportunities for European healthcare companies and engage in Malaysian healthcare regulations for foreign suppliers.

Green Building

  • Head of Committee:

    Mr. Gregers Reimann, Managing Director for IEN Consultants Sdn Bhd 

  • Deputy Head:

    Mr. Allan Jensen, General Manager for Danfoss Industries Sdn Bhd

Overview

The EUROCHAM Green Building Committee’s primary role is to support ongoing initiatives to accelerate the implementation of mandatory Energy Efficiency Labels for commercial buildings in Malaysia on a political level. The Green Building Committee is open to all companies and individuals that either work in the green business sector – for instance renewable energy or operating their businesses by respecting green principles i.e energy efficiency or low carbon monoxide.

Transparency and Integrity

  • Head of Committee:

    Dr Mark Lovattt

Overview

The EUROCHAM Transparency and Integrity (T & I) Committee advocates for these two key values in all forms of interaction between the private sector and ministries, agencies and government linked agencies. This committee ensures that the business climate in Malaysia becomes one that centralises transparency and integrity for both the private and the public sector within all areas of governance. This committee aims to remove barriers to Foreign Direct Investment related to corruption, to reduce the business risks for companies operating in Malaysia, to drive transparency with respect to government actions and initiatives, and to advocate for the streamlining of business licensing and permits. Additionally, the T & I committee promotes the clarity and transparency in the structure of Government Linked Companies, regarding beneficial ownership, anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing. The committee also supports in eliminating political interference in business operations.

Intellectual Property Rights

  • Head of Committee:

    Mr. Chew Phye Keat

Overview

The EUROCHAM Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Committee’s most important consideration is to bring more attention to the topic of Intellectual Property Rights among Malaysian Government Authorities and business communities. Furthermore, the committee advocates for the enhancement and administration of Intellectual Property Rights in Malaysia. Being an excellent platform for industry players to exchange thoughts and discuss critical issues, the committee strives to enhance IPR protection, especially for European businesses, here in Malaysia.

Wines and Spirits (F&B)

  • Head of Committee:

    Mr. Thomas Bouleuc, Managing Director for Moët Hennessy Diageo 

  • Deputy Head:

    Mr. Sebastien Mouquet, Managing Director for Pernod Ricard Malaysia

Overview

The EUROCHAM Wines and Spirits Committee was established in 2011 and comprises market leading companies engaged in the importing and selling of wines and spirits in Malaysia. The members represent more than 50 premium brands of wines and spirits imported and consumed in Malaysia. The main focus of the Wines and Spirits committee are to represent the European wines and spirits industry and to serve as an effective platform and focal point for addressing all issues affecting the import sales of wines and spirits in Malaysia. Apart from that, this committee also collaborates with relevant government authorities to address issues pertaining contraband and counterfeit wines and spirits, and to recommend measures to curb them. This committee may engage with the Ministry of Health in regards to Food Regulations and to provide recommendations on regulations concerning wines and spirits.

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