|AMCHAM Update #373 COVID-19 Outbreak|
As Malaysia gradually reopens, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to significantly impact businesses and livelihoods. AMCHAM will continue to bring you daily updates on the latest COVID-19 developments, which includes vaccination updates, Government-issued orders, regulations, and SOPs, as well as initiatives from related bodies and organizations.
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The State Government of Selangor, through Invest Selangor Berhad, is organizing the Selangor International Business Summit 2021 (SIBS 2021) on 18th – 21st November 2021, held at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur, as one of Malaysia's largest local and international trade gateways for exhibitors, buyers, and delegates to match business communities across the globe.
Starting today! Beginning November 8, foreign nationals traveling to the United States are required to demonstrate proof of full vaccination against COVID-19, in addition to showing proof of a negative COVID-19 test.
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo will make her first official visit to Asia from Nov. 15-18, where she will meet with government officials and business leaders in Japan, Singapore and Malaysia. Secretary Raimondo will visit the Indo-Pacific region to reaffirm our commitment and strengthen our economic relationship with allies and key partners.
The Ministry of Health (MoH) on Saturday released the latest list of 58 COVID-19 self-test kits that have been given conditional approval by the Medical Devices Authority (MDA). Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the test kits were only available at community pharmacies and health facilities as well as premises registered with the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP).
Malaysia will accept travelers who have been inoculated with the COVID-19 vaccine produced by India. The government would allow the entry of such travelers, and it would allow those from India to enter Malaysia because the vaccines produced by Bharat Biotech had been approved by World Health Organisation (WHO).
A total of 24,552,038 individuals, or 75.2% of the country's total population, have completed their COVID-19 vaccinations as of Sunday (Nov 7). 22,194,116 individuals, or 94.8%, of the adult population have been fully vaccinated. Meanwhile, 22,809,218 individuals, or 97.4%, of adults in the country have received at least one dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine.
International SOS, one of the world’s leading health and security companies, has reiterated the importance of mental health and wellbeing in the new business environment, highlighting that COVID-19 has shifted the traditional understanding of the duty of care of employers. Statistics from a recent BCI
– drawn together in collaboration with International SOS – demonstrate how mental health issues are now front of mind for many business leaders.
Gone were the days where employees stayed loyal only to one employer till retirement. Following the growth in living standards and education in Malaysia, employees tend to seek for better career opportunities and progression. Leaving a job to pursue a better opportunity and career progression are becoming social norms. The raging COVID-19 pandemic situation has also magnified the rate of workforce turnover in the market.
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The Malaysian Institute of Corporate Governance (MICG) is organizing the "9th Governance In Procurement Conference” on 8 December 2021.
This Conference will bring thought provoking and diverse insights and perspectives from experienced professionals and practitioners across a wide range of industries, on how organizations can be better prepared to step up Governance in their procurement areas.
As jarring as the transition to remote work
was during the coronavirus pandemic, it was modest compared to what’s coming next, says Adam Ozimek, a labor economist at the freelancing platform Upwork. He argues that the next phase of remote work will transform economies, as more companies revise their policies to accommodate employees who have permanently shifted to working remotely, and more workers move to places they’ve always wanted to live but couldn’t.
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