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Brief Introduction

 
The Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia (ACCCIM) is the national level organisation of the Chinese chambers of commerce in the country. It has 17 Constituent Members located separately in the 13 states of the nation. In fact ACCCIM is the earliest national level chamber of commerce to have a complete regional representation in the country.
 
The ACCCIM was founded on 2nd July 1921 as a society under Malaya's Societies Act. Direct and indirect membership of all Constituent Chambers are well over 100,000, representing Malaysian Chinese companies, individuals and trade associations in particular and the Chinese business community in general.
 
 
The ACCCIM’s objectives as provided in the Constitution are as follows:
 
(1) To promote liaison and cooperation among the various Chinese chambers of  commerce and industry, trade and/or industrial associations and/or business corporations in Malaysia for the protection and advancement of the interests of their members in respect of commerce, industry, primary industries and other economic activities;
 
(2) To study and formulate views, observations and recommendations of the Malaysian Chinese business community in respect of the nation's socio-economic development, so as to promote better understanding between the community and the Government and other public/private sector organisations, and in furtherance of this objective, to contribute towards the development of national economy and promotion of national unity;
 
(3) To collect, collate and disseminate information relating to commerce, industry and other economic sectors;
 
(4) To liaise with other chambers of commerce or economic organisations, in particular to organise or participate in meetings relating to economic matters, trade missions, exhibitions and other activities relevant to the promotion of economic cooperation;
 
(5) To promote social welfare activities as well as organise or sponsor manpower training programmes or seminars beneficial to the economic development of the nation;
 
(6) To arbitrate in the matter of disputes between members of ACCCIM (with the consent of both parties); 
 
(7) To receive and/or accept donations, gifts, grants, subsidies, securities listed in the stock exchange and any other instruments of value and to hold the same for investment and/or deal with the same; and
 
(8) To perform any other services pertinent to the functions of ACCCIM.
 
 
The collaboration network of ACCCIM is very wide. ACCCIM has up to May 2016, signed 58 Memorandums of Understanding or Economic Cooperation Agreements with overseas chambers of commerce and economic organisations. ACCCIM has enhanced relationship with Chinese chambers of commerce all around the world after successfully organising the 7th World Chinese Entrepreneurs Convention (7th WCEC) in 2003, currently is a member of World Chinese Entrepreneurs Convention (WCEC) Advisory Committee. ACCCIM is a member of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Malaysia.
 
ACCCIM is a member of National Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia (NCCIM), an apex organisation comprising five principal private sector bodies namely Malay Chamber of Commerce Malaysia (MCCM), ACCCIM, Malaysian Associated Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MAICCI), Malaysian International Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MICCI) and Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM)
 
ACCCIM maintains close rapport with Government Ministries and Agencies as a channel for consultation over a wide range of issues, and participate in many consultative panels, dialogues, seminars etc. with the Government. ACCCIM regularly interact with Chinese based political parties and other major Chinese associations in Malaysia to discuss and exchange ideas on issues affecting the Chinese community. 
 
The ACCCIM has established a Socio-Economic Research Centre (SERC Sdn. Bhd.) in 2010 as a think-tank to carry out research on economic issues in order for ACCCIM to make concrete and strategic suggestions to the Government and effectively contribute to the development of the national economy of Malaysia.
 
The representative, consultative and service functions of the ACCCIM have been widely acknowledged. As the ACCCIM is an organisation that brings together diversified interests of the business community (including wholesale and retail sector, foreign trade sector, industrial sector, services as well as the primary sector of the economy), it endeavours to reconcile divergent view-points and economic interests to the advantage of all.
 

As major decisions concerning the national economic policy and the like are dealt with at national level, the ACCCIM works in close co-operation with the National Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia (NCCIM), which is an apex organisation comprising five principal private sector bodies namely:
 

It is at the NCCIM level that the above private sector organisations endeavour to adopt a common position vis-a-vis government and its various ministries/ agencies on legislation and administrative issues affecting the business community as a whole.

The ACCCIM also seeks to collaborate internationally and maintains liaison with a number of chambers of commerce and other economic organisations overseas. The ACCCIM's involvement in ASEAN affairs is principally through the NCCIM which in turn, is affiliated to the ASEAN Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASEAN-CCI).


LOGO
  • The Logo is made up of 2 arcs perpendicularly subscribing a concentric circle linked up by a perpendicular line, which is the common diameter;
  • Depicts the Chinese ethnicity and the central and apex organisation of ACCCIM, the upper and lower arcs respectively represents the leadership and membership of the ACCCIM for which a linkage has been provided to manifest strong bond and unity;
  • The design has taken into account the abbreviation "ACCCIM";
  • Gold symbolises prosperity and the good outlook of Malaysian socio- economic development;
  • The whole structure depicts solidness, harmony and perpetuity.