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Issue #137 - 18th February 2019
 
BMCC Discusses Investor Sentiments at InvestKL Roundtable
with Ministry of Finance

Last week the BMCC attended a roundtable discussion with senior representatives from the Ministry of Finance, Foreign Missions, Embassies and associate bilateral Chambers. The roundtable which was organised by InvestKL, a BMCC Sterling Member, sought to bring forward policy and operational issues faced by international investors in Malaysia such as incentives and guidelines implementation. It also aimed to gather feedback from all senior representatives and their recommendations moving forward in improving investor sentiment. Representing the Minister of Finance was his Special Advisor Dato’ Ooi Kok Seng and Dato' Sri Subromaniam Tholasy, Director General of the Royal Malaysian Customs Department. 

Overall, the meeting proved to be an insightful and appropriate platform to bring forward and discuss various concerns faced by all industries. In January, the BMCC conducted an advocacy survey to collect the feedback of our members concerning national policies that are impacting their businesses. These findings were subsequently highlighted by the BMCC at this roundtable, among other discussion points. The Chamber will hope to share with our members a detailed summary of the issues raised and its identified actions. 
BMCC Focus Talk: Road to Raising Business Confidence  (This Thursday, 21 Feb)
 
Join us for this BMCC Focus Talk with Dr Muhammed Abdul Khalid, Economic Advisor to Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as he sheds light on our economic roadmap, deconstructing our outlook through national fiscal priorities and reformations towards revitalising our Business Confidence.

1 Free Seat for BMCC Sterling Members
BMCC Focus Talk: Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace - Raising The Bar  (26 Feb)

Come along as we host YB Hannah Yeoh and an ensemble of industry leaders to speak on the best practices of D&I today. Discover how stakeholders can measure success by leveraging on the diversities already embedded within the DNA of their organisations. Our speaker panelists comprising of CEOs and Business Heads from British Council, PwC, Standard Chartered Bank and IPSOS will share their insights and recommendations to overcoming the fragility and sensitivities often intertwined in the implementation of D&I policies.
Digital Innovation Conference  (12 Mar)

Join us for this lively and fast-paced conference expounding how the technologies of tomorrow are revolutionising the way we live, play and do business today. Featured speakers include YB Gobind Singh Deo, YB Dr. Ong Kian Ming, Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, Dato' Ng Wan Peng along with technology industry leaders from IBM, TM, Chatbot and many more! The BMCC Digital Innovation Conference is sponsored by HSBC Malaysia and Supported by the British High Commission Kuala Lumpur. 
 
Alice Smith - BMCC Luncheon  (28 Mar)
BMCC Partnered Event

To effectively work alongside A.i automation, students today need to be IR4 ready to join the workforce of tomorrow where a reimagining of occupations ahas already begun. Join us for this Alice Smith School-BMCC Luncheon as our distinguished C-Suite panellists from EPF, Tesco Malaysia, Mah Sing Group and Michael Page Malaysia share their expectations for a new employment landscape and how a harmonious confluence of academic, governmental and industrial strides will ensure confidence in the next generation of employees. 
Sri KDU International School Info Day (20 Feb)
 
Sri KDU International School will be having its Info Day on Wednesday on 20 Feb 2019, 9am-12pm. Join us to meet our teachers and students. What’s more, there will also be a discount on the Application Fee when you register your children during the event!
 
Alice Smith School: Charity Dinner  (22 Feb)
 
Support us to make a difference through the work of The Alice Smith School Foundation. Help us raise the funds to support communities in Tioman, Chiang Mai, Sabah, Krabi, Phuket, Luang Prabang, Bali and Sumatra.

To support and fund these community projects, the school has held an annual Charity Dinner since 2010. This is an event organised and run entirely by volunteer students, staff and parents. 
Kaplan: Educating Future Accountants (6 Mar)
 
Kaplan will be organising a forum to discuss some of the challenges faced by employers and students. It is impossible to name an industry that has not been impacted by technology. Education is no exception. It is important to recognise a hesitation to change as technology begins to penetrate education. Naturally, technology disrupts because it requires changing habits and routines.
 
Click here for more or email zaiti.waddell@kaplan.co.uk
Hays: Asia's Talent Market  (7 Mar)
 
As employers continue to grapple with tightening labour regulations in most markets, Hays understands the challenges employers are facing when it comes to recruitment. Join Hays for the launch of their 12th Annual Hays Asia Salary Guide. They'll present key findings from the guide including topics such as salary, flexible staffing and work practices, diversity in the workplace and skills shortages. Happening 7th March at The Westin Kuala Lumpur. 
 
RSVP to PhuiMun.Wong@hays.com.my
Crown Worldwide Group: The Bigger Just Got Better

Brand new purpose-built, state-of-the-art records management centre at SILC Phase 3, Iskandar, Johor, Malaysia coming soon! Contact Crown for all your records/information management needs in the south of Malaysia. For more information, contact:

 
E: sales.my@crownww.com | T: +603 5636 9166
Preparing students for jobs that don't exist
 
"The challenge we face today is that both the academic and the business world expect a rapid rate of change in the job market. The change in employability outlook is influenced by the trend that machines, powered by Artificial Intelligence and Big Data are becoming more capable of performing tasks that used to be exclusively in the human realm..."
 
Continue reading this article by Prof Mushtak Al-Atabi (Provost & CEO, Heriot-Watt University Malaysia) here
AVIS: Proton X70
 
Here is your chance to see how well the X70 fits into your lifestyle.The Proton X70 is Proton's 2018 flagship SUV boasting a myriad of contemporary features. With a potent 1.8 liter TGDi petrol engine and 6-speed automatic transmission, this SUV offers a solid ride and confident performance. The turbocharged powerplant is punchy and exciting to drive, with 285Nm of torque at your disposal. Rent a Proton X70 at just RM 188 per day!
 
Contact sales@avis.com.my  |  +603 7803 7555
City Week 2019: The International Financial Services Forum  (London, 20-21 May)
BMCC Supported Event

Now in its 9th year, City Week is the premier gathering of the international financial services community, bringing industry leaders and policy makers worldwide to discuss the future of global financial markets. It consists of two days of cutting-edge conferences, workshops, social events and networking opportunities including a gala dinner.
 
UK-based BMCC members entitled to 20% off
Email to comms@bmcc.org.my for promo code. 

 

The British Chambers of Commerce and the accredited Chamber Network continue to work to avoid a messy and disorderly exit from the European Union on 29th March. However, businesses need answers they can base decisions on, no matter the outcome. This includes the trade documentation for use by exporters to prove origin. 

Should the United Kingdom reach a Withdrawal Agreement with the EU, then the existing documents that you currently issue will continue to be used throughout any period of transition. As part of our contingency planning for a no-deal Brexit, our colleagues at the British Chambers of Commerce have worked closely with HMRC and the DIT on the revised format of preference and non-preference certificates of origin. 
In the event of a no-deal Brexit we have made preparations to enable us to provide you with continuity of service through the issuance of revised ‘United Kingdom’ documentation. This will be ready and available in time for March 29th. If you hold blank certificates for printing at your business premises, then please contact us in advance to arrange a supply of replacement certificates. 
The replacement certificates should only be used in the event that the United Kingdom leaves the European Union in a no-deal scenario.

The International Trade Team Contact Details
Slough Office:      +44 01753 870560  |  export@tvchamber.co.uk
Heathrow Office:  +44 0208 564 6300 |  heathrow@tvchamber.co.uk

Banbury:               +44 01295 275400  |  banbury@tvchamber.co.uk
Change of British High Commissioner to Australia:
March 2019

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- Reuters
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- New Straits Times
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