Asia & Africa CommitteeIncoming Visitors


Meeting with Invest Selangor

Teng Chang Khim, Selangor State Executive Councillor of Malaysia, visited the Chamber on 9 May where he and his delegation were welcomed by Asia & Africa Committee Chairman Behzad Mirzaei. Teng introduced Selangor’s attractions as an investment destination. It is the richest state in Malaysia, contributing 23% of the country’s GDP. Teng pointed out that while some businesses have been moving their operations to Vietnam for labour-intensive manufacturing, Malaysia was more suited for high-tech and high value-added manufacturing, as the country has a highly skilled and multilingual workforce with 40,000 graduates per year. International corporations are moving into the country including Ikea, which is building its third largest warehouse in Selangor to serve the Asia Pacific market, along with other big players including Volvo, Toyota and Sony.


Meeting with UAE Delegates from Sharjah Airport International Free Zone

Saud AI Mazrouei, Director General of the Sharjah Airport International Free (SAIF) Zone Authority, visited the Chamber on 29 April. He and his delegation were greeted by Asia & Africa Committee Chairman Behzad Mirzaei and Vice Chairmen Andrew Wells and Jonathan Lamport. AI Mazrouei explained that the city of Sharjah is the industrial backbone of the UAE and makes up almost half of the country’s industrial output. He introduced SAIF Zone, which is the largest free trade area in Sharjah and is home to more than 8,000 business from 160 countries. The two sides also discussed the possibility of future cooperation between SAIF Zone and HKGCC.


Meeting with Nigerian Visitors

Jimmy Shola Idiagbon, Founder and Chairman of SME9ja and Blackson Olaseni Bayewumi, Chairman and Convenor of Nigeria Conversation, visited the Chamber on 18 March together with Frank Ebere Azuike, Consul, Consulate General of Nigeria, where they were welcomed by Asia & Africa Committee Chairman Behzad Mirzaei and General Committee Member PC Yu. The visitors expressed interest in establishing connections with Hong Kong businesses, and recommended that the Hong Kong Government set up an office in West Africa to foster commercial exchange between the two regions. Yu pointed out that Hong Kong businesses were not familiar with the African market, but agreed that more needed to be done to promote business exchange with this rapidly emerging region. Mirzaei informed the delegation that the Chamber was organizing a mission to West Africa to explore opportunities there.

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