Malaysia Hong Kong and the Commonwealth Old Connections and Future Business Opportunities | 20th March 2023 Recording


Muzambli Markam; Consul General of Malaysia in Hong Kong

Yazrin Syakhairi Mahlan; Trade Commissioner of MATRADE Hong Kong

Janice Chew; Principal of JC Legal

The webinar was focused on exploring the trade relations between Hong Kong and Malaysia, with an emphasis on the opportunities for cross-border legal services and investment. The speakers highlighted some of the key advantages of both countries that make them attractive for business ventures. For instance, Malaysia’s multiculturalism, language skills, and common law system, as well as Hong Kong’s efficiency and clear regulations, were all cited as factors that facilitate business growth.

One of the topics that came up during the webinar was the potential for Islamic finance, which is a significant area of expertise in Malaysia. Though there have been minimal developments in this area in Hong Kong, the speakers still believe that Hong Kong should be promoting its expertise in Islamic law and finance to attract investors and clients from all over the world.

The speakers also shared some case studies of successful cross-border business ventures between Hong Kong and Malaysia, highlighting the importance of multicultural sensitivity, building networks, and thinking outside the box. They emphasized that when expanding into new markets, it is important to understand the local culture and to be proactive in building relationships with potential partners and clients.

The webinar concluded with a discussion of future growth opportunities and the need for continued collaboration between Hong Kong and Malaysia. The panelists expressed optimism about the potential for cross-border legal services and investment, and encouraged businesses to explore the resources available in both countries, such as the Commonwealth Chamber of Commerce, Hong Kong, and government agencies like MATRADE and the Hong Kong Productivity Council.

Overall, the webinar provided valuable insights into the opportunities and challenges involved in doing business in Hong Kong and Malaysia, and highlighted the importance of building strong relationships and staying innovative in order to succeed in these markets.

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Andrew Wells; Secretary-General, Commonwealth Chamber of Commerce Hong Kong

Opening and Closing Remarks

Julia Charlton; Chairman, Commonwealth Chamber of Commerce Hong Kong