ACCCIM embarks nationwide survey on impact of Iraq war on local businesses

  • Business
  • Saturday, 29 Mar 2003

ASSOCIATED Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia (ACCCIM) has embarked on a nationwide survey campaign to obtain feedback on the impact of the war in Iraq on local businesses. 

ACCCIM deputy secretary-general Datuk David Chua said the war was expected to affect the local and global economy. 

“Once we have obtained feedback, we will analyse the findings and submit proposals to the International Trade and Industry Ministry and the National Economic Action Council,” Chua told a media briefing in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. 

Chua said ACCCIM had sent out a large number of the survey forms to its members and several selected corporations. 

“We hope to obtain comments and suggestions from businesses ranging from small-and-medium sized industries, manufacturers, and exporters to freight forwarders,” he said, adding that non ACCCIM members were also welcome to participate in the survey.  

Chua said ACCCIM would be able to obtain a better view of how the impact of the war would affect the local economy by gauging opinions from a wide scope of industries and businesses. 

“With the feedback, we will submit proposals for policies to be adopted to help cushion the impact,” Chua said. 

ACCCIM economic survey unit chairman Chua Tia Guan said the association was keen to know the extent of insurance surcharges, shipping issues, cancellations of orders and a “wait and see” attitude had affected businesses. 

The deadline for submissions is fixed at April 4, and final deadline is April 11. 

Survey forms can be obtained from ACCCIM secretariat at tel: 03-2145 2503/2653 or downloaded from its website 

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