Our history

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Filepic: The first office of MGCC was located a stone's throw away from Sultan Abdul Samad Building, a late nineteenth century building located along Jalan Raja in front of the Dataran Merdeka and the Royal Selangor Club in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (1986)

The Malaysian-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MGCC) is Germany's official representative for industry and trade in Malaysia. We are the largest and most active bilateral chamber in the country. We arrived in Malaysia in 1986.

1986

The German Association of Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK) establishes a delegate office in Kuala Lumpur.

1991

AHK Malaysia, or locally known as Malaysian-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MGCC) was established as an official bilateral Chamber, and a non-profit body on 23 November 1991. The move to formally institutionalised the organisation was spurred by its great contribution to the development of economic relations between Malaysia and Germany over the past five years.

1992

MGCC contributes to the formation of the German-Malaysian Institute, a flagship project on Malaysian soil for vocational and technical education.

1995

We hold our first Sundowner event.

2000

We are awarded the prestigious ISO 9002 certification for quality management.

2001

MGCC is the proud host of the 8th Asia-Pacific Conference of German Business, attended by more than 500 participants, in Kuala Lumpur.

2006

Official launch of DEinternational in Malaysia. DEinternational is the new brandname under which all Chambers abroad will offer marketing services to SMEs.

2010

Official opening of the German Business Centre in MGCC.

2011

The number of MGCC memberships more than doubles. In 2011, German exports to Malaysia increased by 14.0 percent over the year. 

2012

Bilateral trade between Malaysia and Germany reaches 10.4 billion Euro. Germany becomes Malaysia’s largest trading partner among the European Community and its main source of foreign direct investment (FDI). During the course of 2000-2010, more than 25,000 jobs were created through German participation.

2014

We establish the German Dual Vocational Training centre, with representatives in Kuala Lumpur and Penang.

2016

MGCC relocates to Menara Hap Seng 2, a newly built high-rise office tower located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur's business district. 

2017

MGCC opens the new German Business Centre (GBC), a modern workspace that's accessible and affordable with full corporate and administrative facilities. Currently booked at full capacity, it continues to draw new visitors with an inviting atmosphere and flexible environment for collaboration.

2018

Launch of the revamped and responsive home website, with ancillary channels on multiple social media platforms.

Wendy Lau of Transearch Malaysia is appointed as MGCC's president. She is the first female president in the organisation's 27-year history.