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The British Malaysian Chamber of Commerce Reflects on 2023

Date: 18 December 2023

At last, 2023 is nearing its bittersweet conclusion.

As we wrap up the year and recount all that has happened, we at the cannot help but reminisce on all that we have accomplished and all that we are grateful for.

The year 2023 holds high significance as the BMCC proudly marked its 60th Anniversary, celebrating six decades of UK-Malaysia Business Excellence. Since January 2023, we organised over 35 events including the prestigious 4th Business Excellence Awards and the grand 60th Anniversary Gala Dinner, which attracted 600 guests! These momentous events along with various networking gatherings, roundtable discussions, talks and webinars were meticulously crafted to enrich the experiences of our esteemed members. Other key highlights for the year include the BMCC Energy Forum, BMCC Government Dialogue Series, BMCC , BMCC Climate Action Series and the launch of our ESG Horizons campaign.

For their support and partnership in making our programmes a huge success, we would like to convey our appreciation to all strategic partners for 2023, especially our Top Tier Partners: bp Malaysia, GSK Malaysia, Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia, HSBC Bank Malaysia and Sunway Medical Centre. We would also like to thank our event partners, the British Council, XCL Education, Shell Malaysia, Bluestar AMG, ABAC, Malaysia Airlines, BMW, and the University of Nottingham.

Another major feather to our cap this year is the transformation of our Annual Malaysia Climate Action Week into a month-long programme. This move was aimed at broadening the focus to encompass the social and governance aspects of Sustainability, meeting the interest of our members. We were able to make this initiative happen with the support of our ESG Horizons Strategic Partner – bp Malaysia.

2023 also saw a focus on strengthening member Committees and Networks, fostering connections, best practices, and industry advocacy, with new committee additions focusing on Healthcare and Built Environment, and the introduction of our DEI, Sustainability, and Talent Networks.

We had several significant engagements with the Malaysian government stakeholders as well as collaborations with the British High Commission, Kuala Lumpur. These included Roundtables engagements with the Minister of Economy Affairs, Minister of Communications & Digital, Deputy Minister of MITI, Deputy Minister of Education the , the launch of the BHC Clean Growth Handbook, signing an MoU with the GITC, and various ministerial-level engagements. We’re grateful to all our government stakeholders for their continued diligence and support to make Malaysia a preferred investment and business destination.

The BMCC remains committed to its goals to elevate growth and visibility for UK-Malaysia businesses and partnerships in the interest of our members. As we turn the page to 2024, we look forward with anticipation to the exciting initiatives and collaborations that lie ahead. We have already started work on our 2024 plans with our inaugural , showcasing the best of British and Malaysian education and partnerships available within our BMCC network.

Everything that the BMCC has achieved and would like to achieve is only possible with the support of you- our members. We thank you for your continuous support and look forward to having you as part of this amazing network and Chamber!

From the BMCC Executive Office team, we thank you for letting us be a part of your business journey. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! See you in 2024!