KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 31 — The ASEAN Chamber of Commerce seeks to work together with the Finance Ministry in opening up opportunities for Malaysian entrepreneurs to explore markets in the region.

President Datuk Moehamad Izat Emir said the chamber discussed ways to do so during a meeting with Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng today.

The chamber, he said, would like the government to give attention to the oil and gas, textile, plantation and food sectors to strengthen the position of Malaysian entrepreneurs at the ASEAN level. 

“The meeting with the finance minister today was to ensure the advancement of our country’s trade. We have provided clear guidance on the direction for enhancing the credibility of local entrepreneurs on the ASEAN stage.

“The ASEAN Chamber of Commerce will also organise a series of visits to countries in the region to improve business interactions with them,” he said in a statement today.

Also present at today’s meeting were MOFAZ Group president Mohamed Fauzy Abdul Hamid, who helms the chamber’s secretariat for cooperation with the International Association of Islamic Business (IAIB), and investment and property bureau chairman Datuk Tan Choon Hwa.

Moehamad Izat said the two-year-old ASEAN Chamber of Commerce had held trade missions to, among others, Russia, Kazakhstan, Qatar and Indonesia (Jakarta and Pekan Baru).

“During our visit to Indonesia, we met Jakarta governor Anies Baswedan in an effort to strengthen relations with the traders there.

“Qatar looks especially attractive as many traders in the country are keen to collaborate with us, and Naluri Alam has been selected to arrange an alliance between traders in the two countries,” he said.

Moehamad Izat said the focus on several business areas needed to be expedited to benefit entrepreneurs in the country as well as the ASEAN community.

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