The American Malaysian Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) was founded in 1978 as an international, non-profit, private-sector business association. It comprises of more than 1200 members representing about 280 American, Malaysian and other international companies. The Chamber is a member of the Asia Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce (APCAC) and affiliated with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which is the largest chamber of commerce in the world.
- AMCHAM's governing board is lead by the president, an Executive Committee, and other elected board members.
- Members in the AMCHAM Executive Office are lead by the Executive Director, supported by designated managers, executives and administrators.
- AMCHAM represents the interests of the American business community in Malaysia. It provides a platform for member to network and discuss` areas of interest and undertakes advocacy initiatives when necessary. AMCHAM also supports our member’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities, and look to showcase American businesses through various tools and resources.
- AMCHAM maintains a close relationship with many governmental bodies and international associations both in Malaysia the region and the U.S., to provide members with opportunities to meet new contacts and broaden their business networks.
- AMCHAM’s objectives is enshrined the Chamber’s Articles of Association and has as its core mission to be “The Voice of U.S. businesses in Malaysia”. The Chamber provides relevant business information to its members, actively serves as a platform to represent members’ interests to Malaysian and U.S. stakeholders. It organizes a host of business and social networking events, allowing members to interact and foster closer relations with Malaysian businesses and local communities.
AMCHAM’s objectives are:
• To promote and develop mutually-prosperous commercial, cultural and community relations between
American and Malaysian businesses and organizations;
• To provide a forum for discussing and exchanging views on business conditions, both domestic and
international, which affect members’ interests;
• To promote, foster, support, represent and protect the interests of AMCHAM’s member companies;
• To represent and express members’ views on trade and related issues to U.S. and Malaysian Government
• To provide resources, networking opportunities and support for the American business community in Malaysia.
AMCHAM services cover four key areas: advocacy and government relations, communications, events and
programs, and corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs.
The Mission of the Chamber is focused on the following areas:
1. ADVOCACY AND GOVERNMENT RELATIONS
As an advocate for its members’ interests, AMCHAM raises key issues and concerns with the Malaysian and U.S. Governments, and has gathered information on policy issues to promote trade and investment between both countries. Through Industry Committees within AMCHAM and through working one-on-one with Chamber members, AMCHAM helps to identify important regulatory issues that impact operations and foreign direct investments in Malaysia. It works with members to develop white papers and communications strategies to share with Government officials on the types of policies that can further help grow Malaysia’s economy and foreign investment opportunities. AMCHAM works very closely with the Malaysian Government, participating in dialogues and roundtable discussions to provide information on American business investments, to advice on regulatory policies and to raise issues of concern to AMCHAM members.
The Chamber has a close partnership with the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, and with key U.S. Government agencies in Washington, DC (e.g., Department of Commerce, Department of State, Offi ce of the U.S. Trade Representative, etc.) AMCHAM also advocates for the interests of Americans living abroad, including on the issue of U.S. citizens being taxed overseas by the United States.
The Malaysian American Electronics Industry (MAEI)
The Malaysian American Electronics Industry (MAEI), an industry sub-committee of AMCHAM is the single largest committee representing the Electrical and Electronics (E&E) industry in Malaysia since its inception in 1989. MAEI aims to enhance member/government relations, highlight members’ contribution to the Malaysian economy and advocate changes and improvements needed to elevate the competitiveness of Malaysia.
The Malaysian Alternative & Renewable Industry (MARI)
The Malaysian Alternative & Renewable Industry (MARI) Committee works closely with the Malaysian Government on issues concerning the renewable energy industry. It supports the creation of a renewable energy economic cluster and accelerates the growth and expansion of the renewable energy industry in Malaysia. With over cumulative investments of RM7 billion from 3 member companies, deploying highly advanced manufacturing technology on ground; this committee actively promotes the potential for Malaysia as an ideal destination for ASEAN’s regional solar hub.
AMCHAM’s website is maintained to increase the ease of membership communication with the Executive Office. Our other stakeholders remain as equally important partners in our mission to promote better and friendlier business environment. AMCHAM continues to keep members abreast with what is happening within the business community as well as the various initiatives of the Malaysian Government to improve policies for businesses. We issue press releases and commentaries on key economic topics.
3. EVENTS & PROGRAMS
AMCHAM’s events and programs have been mapped out to fall in line with our mission to promote key issues. AMCHAM organizes business briefings and networking events each month for its members. These events feature senior business and government leaders in forums designed to provide members with up-to-date information on business issues, sectoral analysis, etc. AMCHAM invites Government speakers to provide an opportunity for AMCHAM members to understand policy developments, U.S. Government activities in Washington, DC, and other relevant areas. The Chamber tries to hold a monthly networking event, which facilitates opportunities for members to get to know each other and explore potential business opportunities in a more relaxed setting. AMCHAM also organizes seminars and conferences for a more in-depth look at key economic and business issues affecting the Malaysian and global economies.