The Chinese Business Chamber of Mauritius exploring with ERA Malaysia to establish ERA Mauritius

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. 

CBCM Visit A - 25Feb14ERA 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.  

CBCM Visit B - 25Feb14

Reaching Out To The People Of Myanmar

Work measurement in practice

clip_image002ERA Honorary Secretary Mr Soo Cheong Futt conducted a five-day training course on “Work Measurement in Practice” for members of the Myanmar Industries Association (MIA) from March 15 to 19, 2010 in Yangon. The programme was implemented with the Cyclone Nargis Fund raised by the International Trade and Investment (ITI) Committee of the Associated Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia (ACCCIM) in 2008. The fund was raised to defray expenses specifically for ERA resource persons to share their expertise and experience to help upgrade industries especially, the SMEs, in Myanmar.

Eighteen participants from various industries, mostly SMEs, in Yangon attended the course. All participating companies sent in at least two participants holding managerial or executive positions. Thirteen of the participants had already attended the course on “Method Study in Practice” in November 2009.

The main focus of this course was to introduce the means to accurately evaluate labour costs and to bring about a change in clip_image004outlook, and a commitment to the “Best Method”.

Participants were shown the means to identify where and how output is lost in manufacture process. They were then shown how to compile standard times for predictive labour costing. The course started with inputs on concepts, procedures and techniques, during which exercises, case studies, case demonstrations, training gadgets and videos were employed.

The training course was very well received because the participants found it relevant and practical. They were happy that it had shown them how they could employ various techniques to measure efficiency and the time taken to perform a job.

The participants were also privileged to have listened to two talks by our IPP Tan Sri Dato’ Soong Siew Hoong on “Leadership and Results through Good Human Relation” and “Establishing and Operating SME Resource Counter”.

clip_image006The training was further strengthened by visits to two factories – a biscuits manufacturer and a rubber products manufacturer – where participants practised “Activity Sampling” and “Time Study”. A locally prepared video was used to enhance the training.