CIYEC Working Group Visits Malaysia, Indonesia

Updated: 2024-05-07

From April 18 to 25, Zhang Hua, Director of the China International Youth Exchange Center (CIYEC), led a working group to visit Malaysia and Indonesia, at the invitation of the Malaysia Mandarin Young Entrepreneurs Association and the Indonesia Young Entrepreneurs Association.

During the visit, the working group held roundtable conferences on development and cooperation with Malaysian and Indonesian young entrepreneurs in Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta, respectively. Zhang gave a detailed introduction about the latest developments in the work of the CIYEC, particularly the progress made in building a platform for international cooperation among young entrepreneurs, at the conferences.

Noting that this year marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of China-Malaysia diplomatic ties and the 11th anniversary of the establishment of the China-Indonesia comprehensive strategic partnership, Zhang expressed the hope to further deepen cooperation with all parties and fully leverage the coordinative roles of organizations including the China-ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs Association, the ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs Council, and the International Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs Associations to explore more cooperation potentials.

Efforts should be made to better guide young entrepreneurs to play a part in integrated regional economic development and actively participate in the building of a closer China-ASEAN community with a shared future, injecting new impetus into the peaceful, stable and prosperous regional and global development, he added.

In Kuala Lumpur, the working group held symposiums respectively with Irmohizam Ibrahim, Managing Director of World Trade Centre Kuala Lumper; Abdul Majid, President of the Malaysia-China Friendship Association; Kishva Ambigapathy, Chairman of the Commonwealth Youth Innovation Center; Hou Kok Chung, Deputy Chairman of Tunku Abdul Rahman University of Management and Technology; and Zalina Nasir, Assistant General Manager of Port Klang Free Trade Zone, engaging in discussions on expanding communication and cooperation among Chinese and Malaysian young entrepreneurs in new energy, intelligent manufacturing, digital technology, and green development.

The working group also paid visits to Wee Ka Siong, President of the Malaysian Chinese Association, and the association's Vice President Tan Teik Cheng, as well as Muhammad Izzat, Assistant to the Malaysian Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry, and held a working meeting with Tan Chee Hiong, President of Malaysia Mandarin Young Entrepreneurs Association, and Deborah Melissa Bottreau, Chairperson of the ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs Council.

In Jakarta, the working group held working talks with Raden Isanta, Vice Minister of Youth and Sports of Indonesia; Burhanuddin Abdullah, former governor of Bank Indonesia; Akbar Himawan Buchari, Chairman of the Indonesia Young Entrepreneurs Association; and Candra Jap, Secretary General of Perhimpunan INTI. They exchanged views on promoting youth development and cooperation, accelerating the cultivation of young digital talents and deepening cooperation among small and medium-sized enterprises from the two countries.

In addition, they visited Bambang Soesatyo, Speaker of the People's Consultative Assembly of Indonesia, and Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono, Minister of Agrarian Affairs and Spatial Planning of Indonesia.

More than 150 youth representatives of Malaysian and Indonesian business communities participated in relevant activities. Fifteen Chinese youth entrepreneurs selected by the CIYEC reached initial intentions of cooperation on investment in establishing factory overseas, smart city development, the operation of charging piles, cross-border e-commerce cooperation, renewable energy equipment, and the development of specialized markets.