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 in 1947 as a society under Malaya's Societies Act. Under the principle of freedom of association in Malaysia, the ACCCIM is established as an autonomous private sector organisation which currently represents more than 28,000 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:
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;
- 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;
- To collect, collate and disseminate information relating to commerce, industry and other economic sectors;
- 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;
- To promote social welfare activities as well as organise or sponsor manpower training programmes or seminars beneficial to the economic development of the nation;
- To arbitrate in the matter of disputes between members of ACCCIM (with the consent of both parties);
- 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
- To perform any other services pertinent to the functions of ACCCIM.
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