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UGANDA HIGH COMMISSION-MALAYSIA MET WITH THE CHINESE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY OF KUALA LUMPUR & SELANGOR ON 15TH AUGUST 2022

Monday, 15th August 2022
CDA Mr. Kasujja Moses Kalule and Directors of Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Kuala Lumpur

Uganda High Commission Malaysia representatives had a meeting with the Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Kuala Lumpur and Selangor on 15th August 2022 to bring awareness of the Uganda’s Bankable Projects and Incentive Regime to the organization.

TEAM FROM UGANDA HIGH COMMISSION (UHC)

Uganda High Commission was represented by Charge' d' Affaires, Mr. Kasujja Moses Kalule, Tourism & Culture Assistant, Ms. Emily Tumwakire and Trade/Commercial, Mr. Timothy Lu.

TEAM FROM THE CHINESE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY OFKUALA LUMPUR (KLSCCCI).

The KLSCCCI was represented by Deputy President, Mr. Michael Chai Woon Chew, Honorary Secretary General, Mr. Foo Kooi Siong and Council Member Mr. Bill Lee Boon Piau.

BACKGROUND OF KLSCCCI.

The Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Kuala Lumpur and Selangor (KLSCCCI) is one of the Constituent Chambers of the Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia (ACCCIM). KLSCCCI which was founded on 27 March 1904, is one of the foremost institutions representing the Chinese business community in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor regions. It Is also one of the most active Chambers of Commerce in Malaysia. The various activities of the Chamber have attracted the attention of the Government as well as of the private sector by virtue of the fact that the Chamber is strategically located in Kuala Lumpur which is the center of Malaysian politics and economics.

MEMBERSHIP.

The membership of the Chamber comprises the following categories: (a) Trade Association; (b) Firm / Company; (c) Individual and (d) Associate Member.

Its total direct membership as at 24th November 2021 is2,834, currently there are 82 trade association members, 201 individual members, 2,397 firm / company members and 154 associate members. Each and every trade association has its own membership and their members are indirect members of the Chamber which if taken into account are well exceeding 30,000 in number.

CHARGE’ D’ AFFAIRES (CDA) MR. KASUJJA MOSES KALULE.

The main objective of this meeting is to bring awareness of the Uganda Bankable Projects and Incentive Regime to the organization.

Charge’ d’ Affaires Mr. Kassuja Moses Kalule started the meeting by thanking the Indian Chamber of Commerce for accepting the meeting invitation. For confident level, CDA gives a brief background of the Chinese Community and their activities participation in Uganda. The Chinese community in Uganda started with the migration Chinese from China who made their trading mainly in restaurants and hotels.

 He then continued to introduce the investment opportunities available in Uganda;

a) Infrastructure          b)Mining         c) Agricultural             d) Real Estate              e) Health

f) Energy                      g)ICT               h) Industrialization      i) Oil & Gas     

CDA further elaborated on the mentioned sectors to the Chamber. The Ugandan Government is encouraging foreign investors to invest in all available sectors in Uganda by providing government land, road construction within the investment premise, electric/water supply, machineries, cheaps killed/unskilled labours etc. In addition, investors have the free taxation benefit on their investments.

CDA mentioned to the Chamber that Coffee is one of their main products in agriculture sector and Uganda is the 2nd Coffee exporter in the African continents. This will be a good opportunity for the Chamber to propose to the coffee manufacturers in their community to import the Ugandan coffee for their existing businesses in Malaysia or any part of the world.  He also mentioned that Uganda is in various minerals and this will be an opportunity for Public Private partnerships to exploit the mineral resources as well as add value to these minerals.  CDA proposed to the Chamber to have regular meetings with their members for any information update and vice versa.

UHC will always be available and will be at their discretion for any meetings or briefings to the potential investors in the Chamber. UHC will also assist on their visa requirements and will provide a supporting letter to the investors to present it to the Uganda Government.  CDA also informed the Chamber that the Uganda Government has taken high safety precaution to protect foreign investors and assured them that there has not been any civil wars or riots in Uganda for the past40 years.

 MS. EMILY TUMWAKIRE(TOURISM/CULTURE ASSISTANT).

Ms. Emily Tumwakire briefed the Chamber with the tourism &cultural activities in Uganda. She informed that the main attraction of Uganda is the Gorilla sanctuary, safaris, places like River Nile, Lake Victoria, Mount Rwenzori etc. Ms. Emily understand that the Chamber has many travel agent owners and emphasized that this will be a good opportunity for these owners to further their business through collaboration with their Ugandan counterparts. She highlighted that hotel investments will be profitable for the members of the chamber.

KLSCCCI DEPUTY PRESIDENT, MR MICHAEL CHAI WOON CHEW.

The Deputy President opened the meeting by introducing the background of The Chinese Chamber & Industry of Kuala Lumpur & Selangor. He said that the Chamber will be celebrating their 18th years anniversary. The Chamber has 3000 active members including Association and it has been the most active Chamber in Malaysia. The current trading between the Chamber and Uganda is very minimal for the past few years. He emphasized that Malaysia is one of the best trading hubs between ASEAN countries and the European and African countries. He continued to add that Malaysia has all the natural resources i.e., palm oil & rubber in agriculture sector and tin mining. In addition, Malaysia has the best resource for Education and Medical; he proposed that Uganda government to consider to look into these sectors. The Vice President is aware that Africa is a good country for foreign investors to invest the businesses and Uganda is a potential gateway to the African Continent. He looking forward to have a close collaboration between Uganda Government and Malaysia for any business opportunities.

AGREEMENT – KLSCCCI & UHC-KL.

KLSCCCI is looking forward to have a close collaboration with Uganda Government for the investment projects with the assurance and support from Uganda High Commission Kuala Lumpur. CDA presented the MOU draft to the Deputy President and informed him to make the necessary amendments according to their requirements. Upon agreeable MOU, it will be signed between the Ambassador of UHC and the President of KLSCCCI.

The Vice President and the members of KLSCCCI are eager to collaborate with UHC. The Chamber has given UHC an assurance of their supports and will update on any future coming events organize by the Chamber with the objective of promoting Uganda to their members.

Source: UHC-KL

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