From the 16th to 18th April, the BMCC led a trade delegation to London, UK for the 2018 Commonwealth Business Forum. Welcoming the delegates in London was Andrew Sill (BMCC Chairman and Managing Director & Head of Commercial Banking, HSBC Malaysia) alongside Tony Collingridge OBE (Director Malaysia, Commonwealth Enterprise & Investment Council) and Aurelia Silva (BMCC Executive Director).
The Malaysian delegation was represented by over twenty private and governmental organisations, including among others some of Malaysia’s leading business men with the likes of Tan Sri Francis Yeoh CBE (Managing Director, YTL Corporation Bhd), Tan Sri Lee Kim Yew (Executive Chairman, Country Heights), Tan Sri Dr Mohd Munir Abdul Majid (Chairman, Bank Muamalat Malaysia Bhd), Abrar Anwar (Country CEO Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia), Tan Sri Michael O.K. Yeoh (CEO, ASLI) and Dato’ Sri Nazir Razak (Chairman, CIMB).
The Commonwealth Business Forum (CBF), is an integral part of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018 (CHOGM) that drew thousands of business leaders and heads of states from across the Commonwealth belt. Senior members of the royal family were involved in this event, with a speech from Prince William amongst the forum’s highlights. UK Prime Minister Theresa May addressed the business leaders on several occasions including a rousing speech on intra-commonwealth free trade and supporting gender equality.
Returning from the trip, Andrew Sill commented “This was a rare opportunity to engage on such a high level with business and governments from across the globe. The BMCC is honoured to have been entrusted with leading a group of Malaysian business leaders. The Commonwealth Business Forum brought together some great speakers and fantastic business minds, many of which we were proud to see on stage from Malaysia, sharing their successes and suggestions on how the Commonwealth could work more effectively together. On behalf of the BMCC, we would like to thank all the delegates for joining us and for playing a key role in representing a voice for Malaysian business.”