The Associated Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia (ACCCIM) extended an invitation to ERA to join a meeting and networking discussions with the Chinese Business Chamber Mauritius (CBCM) at ACCCIM on 25 February.
ERA was represented by Mr K.K Ng (Honorary Secretary) and Mr Roger Lye (Board Member) and Dato’ Andrew Goh (National Council Member and Deputy Chairman of the International Trade and Investment Sub-Committee) led the Malaysian delegation in the meeting with the CBCM team of 8 delegates who arrived with the President Mr Leong San Laval, Vice President Mr Onsiong Lee Meng How, together with 3 Past Presidents and 3 Members.
Notable areas of business from the Mauritian delegation include trading in Cars and Car accessories, Building material, Water and Waste treatment, Lighting, Renewable energy, Electrical products including Power tools and hand tools, Hotelier and Restaurant business, Food import and Bakery as well as Management and Migration Investment services.
Mauritius is part of the COMESA (Common Market for Eastern & Southern Africa) Free Trade Area (FTA) consisting of 13 Member states. Although Mauritius has a relatively small population of just about 1.3 Million people, they have FTA status to access about 400 Million people within COMESA. Mauritius has also established Free Trade Zones to facilitate manufacturing and re-exporting to Africa, Middle East as well as to Europe where clothing and textile are their main manufactured products exports.
CBCM discussed with ERA Malaysia on the possibility to assist in establishing an ERA type Organisation in Mauritius, which was a topic that our Tan Sri Dato’ Soong and Mr Charles Li (Past President of CBCM and Chairman of Albert Group) had briefly discussed sometime earlier. We agreed on further exchange of information including forwarding the ERA Malaysia Constitution to Mr Li for review and follow-up. Other areas of interest include forwarding to Mr Li our list of Expert Resources who are members of ERA Malaysia for his assessment to determine is CBCM Members may need consulting support.
We look forward to the possibility to yet again establish another international ERA affiliation into Mauritius in the near future.