Members from our northern chapter had the opportunity to meet with the U.S. Ambassador to Malaysia, Her Excellency Kamala Shirin Lakhdir on March 7th, 2017 on her first official visit to Penang upon presenting her credentials to His Majesty XV Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V on February 21st, 2017.
Hosted by Motorola Solutions, the meeting was attended by 20 industry captains in Penang, representing primary segments of economic activities of the state such as E&E, medical devices, engineering services, and offices for corporate/regional functions. Dato’ Wong Siew Hai, Chairman of MAEI Committee of AMCHAM provided an overview of the history of U.S. investments and its transformational journey in moving up the value chain.
Ambassador Lakhdir aims to highlight economic partnership between U.S. and Malaysia and continues to reassure Malaysian stakeholders of U.S. firms’ commitment to develop a successful Malaysian workforce. Ambassador Lakhdir was impressed by the industry leadership taken by the companies on labor practices, safety, security, local workforce and domestic supply chain development.
The meeting discussed on topics surrounding policies and direction of the new Presidential administration, its potential impact on business visas, bilateral U.S.- Malaysia economic partnership following U.S. TPP withdrawal, educational exchanges and collaboration on security and border control.
AMCHAM will be working very closely with Ambassador Lakhdir and her team at the U.S. Embassy to serve the interest of AMCHAM members on various areas. To stay in touch with latest updates and upcoming activities at AMCHAM, please sign up for our mailing list.
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Special thanks to Motorola Solutions for hosting the meeting with Ambassador.