Networking Session with Chambers of Commerce, Business and Industry Associations with YB Darell Leiking, Minister of MITI
On 13 August 2018, our Vice-President, Datin Paduka Halimah Abdullah, former Ambassador of Malaysia to Italy, attended a Networking Session with Chambers of Commerce, Business and Industry Associations with YB Darell Leiking, Minister of MITI, organized by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI).
During the session, the Minister emphasized the overall economic performance of Malaysia and the role of MITI under the new government to continue pursuing the open economic policy that encourages foreign investment and trade relations.
This is already the second time that a representative of IMBA has met with the Minister and he expressed his interest to establish a regular dialogue with our Association.
IMBA will follow up with the Minister and his staff to initiate a discussion on business opportunities between Italy and Malaysia and to organize a dialogue session event with our Members soon.
Yesterday, 2 August 2018, The Italian Emporium launch event took place at the Westin Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.
The Italian Emporium is a unique online platform conceived and managed by IMBA, with the support of the Italian Trade Agency (ITA) in Kuala Lumpur, which provides sellers an opportunity to feature their Made in Italy products on Lazada, the largest online platform in South-east Asia.
We would like to thank all the vendors and guests who attended the event.
In particular we would like to thank H.E. Cristiano Maggipinto, Ambassador of Italy to Malaysia, Hew Wee Choong, VP Investment & Industry Development of MDEC, Christophe Lejeune, CEO of Lazada Malaysia and Dr. Samuele Porsia, the Italian Trade Commissioner, for supporting the event and delivering their speech.
We received very positive feedback from the vendors who attended the event, who expressed their interest in being part of this initiative.
The first vendors will soon be online and ready to sell their goods through The Italian Emporium.
On 31st July 2018 an Italian institutional delegation composed of H.E. Cristiano Maggipinto, Ambassador of Italy to Malaysia, Bruno Bertella, IMBA President and Dr. Samuele Porsia, Trade Commissioner of the Italian Trade Agency, met with the Minister of International Trade and Industry Y.B. Ignatius Darell Leiking.
Present was also the Deputy Minister Y.B. Dr. Ong Kian Ming, accompanyed by high representatives of MITI and MIDA. The meeting, the first with the newly appointed Minister, was held in a very informal and relaxed atmosphere and a number of points related to the trade and investments between our two Countries were discussed.
Our President has given a brief outlook of the Italian business community in Malaysia and exposed the features of most of our Members.
The Italian Emporium, a joint initiative between IMBA and Lazada Malaysia, is an e-commerce platform on Lazada website and mobile app dedicated exclusively to showcase Italian brands and Made in Italy products. This platform will initially allow sellers to reach buyers in Malaysia and Singapore, but soon it will give access to all South-east Asia markets, leveraging the Digital Free Trade Zone.
The Italian Emporium will be the first digital window for Made in Italy products and brands in South-east Asia. It will represent a great opportunity for vendors to gain traction in the e-commerce market in this growing digital era and to increase awareness among South-east Asia consumers about the value and quality of authentic Made in Italy products and brands.
The Offical Launch event will take place on August 2nd at The Westin, Kuala Lumpur.
IMBA Executive Committee Member Luciano Pezzotta reelected as Director of Eu-Malaysia Chamber of Commerce and Industry
On June 8th, during the 25th Annual General Meeting of the Eu-Malaysia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (EUMCCI), Mr. Luciano Pezzotta, IMBA Executive Committee Member, has been reelected as Director representing IMBA in the EUMCCI Board of Directors.
During his previous mandate, Mr. Pezzotta cemented the relationship between IMBA and EUMCCI, leading to several collaboration projects, including the EU-day Career Roadshow. In his electoral speech Mr. Pezzotta highlighted as the priority for his new mandate to strengthen the involvement of Italian companies in EUMCCI advocacy initiatives, a key platform for the EU business community in Malaysia to join forces and bring forward its strategic priorities, especially in this time of political change.
IMBA would like to wish good luck to Mr. Pezzotta and all the newly elected EUMCCI Directors in their future endeavors.
It is a great pleasure for us to introduce our new Platinum Member, Invest Selangor Berhad.
Invest Selangor is a one-stop agency that provides information, advisory services, as well as start-up or expansion assistance to potential and existing investors in Selangor.
Since their inception, they have attracted more than 4,900 manufacturing projects in the State, being thus indirectly responsible for the creation of 377,287 jobs and attracting more than RM138.6 billion worth of investments.
IMBA is one of the Supporting Partners of Selangor International Business Summit, which is scheduled to take place from 6 to 16 September 2018 at Malaysia International Trade Exhibition Centre (MITEC), Kuala Lumpur.
For more information about Invest Selangor and Selangor International Business Summit:
On 25th April 2018, the new IMBA Committee has been elected during the Annual General Meeting of the Association.
The new Committee will be composed as follows:
President: Mr. Bruno Bertella
Honorary President: Mr. Michele Dossi
Vice President: Datin Paduka Halimah binti Abdullah
Treasurer: Dato' Robert Teo
Executive Committee Members:
- Mr. Luciano Pezzotta
- Mr. Ugo Castellotti
- Adm. Fernando Ferri
- Mr. Francesco Grigolo
- Mr. Cesare Basile
- Dr. Enrico Magosso
Secretary General: Mr. Enrico Giuntelli
Thanks to all who participated and best wishes to the new Committee that will serve the Association for the next 2 years.
It's a great pleasure for us to introduce our first Platinum Member, STMicroelectronics NV.
ST is a global semiconductor company with net revenues of US$ 6.97 billion in 2016.
Offering one of the industry’s broadest product portfolios, ST serves customers across the spectrum of electronics applications with innovative semiconductor solutions for Smart Driving and the Internet of Things. By getting more from technology to get more from life, ST stands for life.augmented.
ST is present in Malaysia in Muar, Johor Baru, with its largest manufacturing facility, housing more than 3900 highly skilled employees, and has recently expanded its operations in the Country with the opening of a new design centre for the Automotive & Discrete Group Division.
Make sure to not miss our interview with Angelo Cutuli, STMicroelectronics Asia Pacific Product Engineering Director, featured in the next issue of In Motion, the Italy Malaysia Business Magazine.
Last Friday, March 16th, we launched the 1st issue of In Motion, the Italy Malaysia Business Magazine.
In Motion is a curated monthly newsletter featuring the latest business and economic news regarding Italy and Malaysia, as well as our most recent initiatives.
If you missed it, you can read it here or you can drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will add you on our database.
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The Selangor International Business Summit 2018, scheduled to take place from 6 to 16 September 2018 at Malaysia International Trade Exhibition Centre (MITEC), Kuala Lumpur will be organized by Invest Selangor Berhad and it will provide a platform for local and foreign SMEs to showcase their latest products & services.
The event allows local and foreign ventures to take their businesses to the next level and strengthen their networks with key industry players. It will be composed of three main events:
- Selangor International Expo 2018 (F&B Trade Exhibition)
- Selangor-ASEAN Business Conference 2018
- Selangor Smart City & Digital Economy Convention 2018
The Official Launch ceremony will take place next Monday, March 19th, at MITEC, Kuala Lumpur.
For more information: Facebook / Website
On Friday, March 2nd, we celebrated the Italian Design Day in Kuala Lumpur with the Opening Ceremony of the UniKL IPROM Stefano Giovannoni Design Gallery, officiated by H.E Cristiano Maggipinto, Ambassador of Italy to Malaysia, and Prof. Dato' Dr. Mazliham Mohd Su'ud, President and CEO of UniKL.
During the event, Prof. Luca Fois, Creative Adivsor and Event Design Professor of Politecnico di Milano, delivered a speech on design and sustainability to the attending students.
On 8 January 2018 our President, Bruno Bertella, has accompanied the Ambassador of Italy to Malaysia, H.E. Cristiano Maggipinto, to a visit to Agensi Inovasi Malaysia (Malaysia Innovation Agency). The Ambassador and Bruno were received by Mr. Naser Jaafar (CEO), Mr. Abdullah Arshad (COO) and Ms. Janette George. The meeting was very informative, aimed at explore potential collaborations between Italy and Malaysia in the area of innovation. Agensi Inovasi Malaysia is already in collaboration with a few italian companies in the area of biomass.
IMBA, in collaboration with EUMCCI, is organizing a career fair roadshow for European companies in 3 major Malaysian universities.
The EU DAY - TALENT ROADSHOW will bring EU companies into direct contact with selected universities in Malaysia and enable them to present themselves to University students with exhibition booths, presentation slots and direct one-to-one talks. On the other hand, Malaysian Students will gain the opportunity to get direct information about your company, and apply directly for a job or an internship.
Malaysia’s job market is growing fast, as multinational companies take advantage of the country’s geographical location, multi-lingual capabilities and abundant pool of relatively young, skilled and educated workers to set up their manufacturing facilities and regional service centres.
However, many companies in Malaysia – both foreign and local – have reported their difficulties in facing talent recruitment as well as retainment. The following questions arise: Is the right talent coming out of the Universities? Vice versa, are the companies who are looking for talents well-known enough and attractive to graduates and potential future employees? While job descriptions may be quite clear and the salary attractive, factors like working environment & culture, mentorship, team structures and support, as well as personal development are equally important factors to young talents nowadays.
The roadshow shall take place in April 2018 at 3 major universities, with a duration of one day for each event respectively:
• UNIVERSITI SAINS MALAYSIA (USM) / 11 April 2018, Penang
• TAYLOR’S UNIVERSITY MALAYSIA / 17 April 2018, Kuala Lumpur
• UNIVERSITY OF MALAYA (UM) / 26 April 2018, Kuala Lumpur
The benefits for participatig companies are:
• The best way to minimize cost, time and effort in advertising and recruiting new staff;
• The easiest and cheapest way for companies to meet students/future employees;
• To share the company profile to higher educational institutions and the society;
• Give a chance for students to know what the company requirements in the recruiting process are.
The project is co-funded by the European Union, therefore the participation fee is only RM 15,000 (+ GST) for all 3 locations. The participation fee includes: organization of the respective events, exhibition booths, presentation slots, direct one-to-one talks, catering during the day.
For further information about the events, don’t hesitate to contact us.
From 2018, IMBA will manage a flexible service delivery system which allows the Association to be the first point of contact and interface as a one-stop-service center to companies entering or already operating in Malaysia.
In this system, a company can access a menu of selected services offered by IMBA, which will coordinate and match the clients' needs according to the expertise and capability required for the delivery of the requested service.
Our Association will offer a wide range of services, including business partner search, customized market studies, HR and recruitment consultations, incubation space and resource support and company set-up, regulatory and strategy consulting.
For further information, check "Our services" page or contact us at email@example.com.
IMBA organizes its first meeting with YB Dato' Seri Mohamed Nazri bin Abdul Aziz, Minister of Tourism and Culture Malaysia
Representatives of IMBA meet Hon. Ivan Scalfarotto, Italian Deputy Minister for Economic Development
Kudos to our member Interunion Freight for being awarded with the 2017 SME Business Awards, by the Italian Chamber of Commerce Singapore (ICCS). Congratulations!
Link to full article in Italian.
Save the date on 3rd October 2017 (Tuesday). Please join us, to be the first in welcoming the recently appointed Ambassador of Italy to Malaysia, His Excellency Cristiano Maggipinto
Taste the exquisite menu prepared for the event by the master of Italian cuisine- Cavaliere Modesto Marini, and enjoy the atmosphere and the beautiful night-view of Kuala Lumpur. Limited seats available, kindly RSVP by 29th September 2017.
IMBA Member: RM249 / Non Member: RM329
Venue: Marble 8, Level 56, Petronas Tower 3
Tel: +603 2164 9931