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Sarawak Government Assures Commitment in supporting Business Events

Kuching, 27th August 2018: The Government of Sarawak will enhance the state’s social infrastructures and facilities to support the growth of Business Events (meetings, incentives, conferences, incentives) sector.

Sarawak’s Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg enforces Business Events are important components to not only promote but to develop Sarawak as a destination in its entirety.

Chief Minister of Sarawak, YAB Datuk Patinggi (Dr) Abang Haji Abdul Rahman Zohari Bin Tun Datuk Abang Haji Openg delivering his speech at TriBE 2018.

“The government has invested a lot of funds to upgrade the state’s facilities in order to provide accommodations, event venues and recreational facilities to promote Sarawak as a destination for Business Events,” commented Abang Johari at a press conference after the 9th Anak Sarawak Awards, held in conjunction with Sarawak’s first Business Events conference, the Business Events Tribal Meet (TriBE 2018) held last Friday.

An initiative of Sarawak Convention Bureau, TriBE 2018 drew 300 selected Business Events experts from national associations, sector partners, global and national media, and government officials in attending its 3 segments – TriBE Xchange educational session which featured 6 global speakers and renowned thought leaders, the launch of the dedicated BESarawak Alliance (BESA) platform to strengthen ties between government ministries and their agencies, as well as the commemorative flagship award for Business Events – the 9th Anak Sarawak Awards under TriBE Honour.

Among the first BESA ambassadors who were appointed by the Chief Minister were:

  1. Ministry of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development represented by minister YB Dato Sri Hajjah Fatimah Abdullah.
  2. Ministry of Modernisation of Agriculture,Native Land and Regional Development represented by permanent secretary Datu Ik Pahon Joyik.
  3. Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth & Sports represented by permanent secretary Mr Hii Chang Kee.
  4. Sarawak Multimedia Authority represented by General Manager Dr Zaidi Razak.
  5. Sarawak Centre for Performance Excellence represented by Chief Executive Officer Dr Asleena Haji Helmi.

Among the first ambassadors appointed for the Business Events Sarawak Alliance (BESA) were the Sarawak Multimedia Authority represented by General Manager Dr Zaidi Razak (2nd left), Ministry of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development represented by minister YB Dato Sri Hajjah Fatimah Abdullah (4th left), Ministry of Modernisation of Agriculture,Native Land and Regional Development represented by permanent secretary Datu Ik Pahon Joyik (5th right), Sarawak Centre for Performance Excellence represented by Chief Executive Officer Dr Asleena Haji Helmi (4th right), and the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth & Sports represented by permanent secretary Mr Hii Chang Kee (3rd right). They were flanked by Amelia Roziman (extreme left), Chief Operating Officer of Sarawak Convention Bureau, YB Datuk Lee Kim Shin (3rd left), Assistant Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, YAB Datuk Patinggi (Dr) Abang Haji Abdul Rahman Zohari Bin Tun Datuk Abang Haji Openg (5th left), Chief Minister of Sarawak, YB Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah (6th right), Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports, YB Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Muhammad Leo Toyad (2nd right), Chairman of Sarawak Convention Bureau, Datuk Haji Abdul Wahap Bin Haji Abang Julai (extreme right), Mayor of Kuching North City Council.

YB Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah furthers applaud the private sector partners for their continuous excellence.

“We also honour the contribution of sector partners in cultivating a thriving Business Events ecosystem. The 9th Anak Sarawak Awards celebrates these achievements, recognise excellence, and honours the driving force of this sector,” comments the Minister for Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth & Sports.

Chairman of SCB, YB Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr.Muhammad Leo Michael Toyad Abdullah acknowledged the importance of recognition, “With the Anak Sarawak Awards as an affirmation of excellence, we can empower the current passionate sector partners, and incubate new talents.”

The 9th Anak Sarawak Awards announces 7 winners who received marketing and training grants of RM 10,000 and RM 20,000 (for the Grand Winner of the Outstanding Achievement Awards). These are:

Anak Sarawak Young Leader Scholarship Award

WINNER: Prescilla Susanti Sulau (Ecogreen Holidays Sdn Bhd)

Anak Sarawak Journalism Award – Business Events Journalism Excellence, (Print/Online)

WINNER: Yvonne Tuah Merawin (Biz Events: What’s Next for Sarawak, Borneo Post)

Anak Sarawak Business Events Award – Convention of Excellence

WINNER: CPH Travel Agencies for the 55th International Congress and Convention Association Congress 2016

Anak Sarawak Business Events Award – Corporate Events of Excellence

WINNER: Spiral Arts & Design for the 55th International Congress and Convention Association 2016 Welcoming Dinner

Anak Sarawak Business Events Award – Products and Services of Excellence

WINNER: Paradesa Borneo

Anak Sarawak Business Events Award – Meeting Venues of Excellence

WINNER: Imperial Hotel Miri

Anak Sarawak Outstanding Achievement Awards

GRAND WINNER: Eric van Piggelen (Borneo Convention Centre Kuching)

WINNERS:

  1. i) Aidi Ahmi (Universiti Utara Malaysia)
  2. ii) Ahmad Zaiwin bin Mohd. Kassim (Koperasi Pro Belia Inovatif Sarawak)

SCB’s Chief Operating Officer Amelia Roziman congratulate all the winners as well as the finalists, commenting that “beyond the recognition, the Anak Sarawak Awards is a platform for our sector partners to gain greater exposure, create new alliances, enhance the Sarawak brand, and co-develop the sector.”

Image Caption: Eric van Piggelen (3rd right), Chief Executive Officer of the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching, was awarded the Grand Winner for the Anak Sarawak Outstanding Achievements by the Chief Minister of Sarawak (3rd left) flanked by YB Datuk Lee Kim Shin (extreme left), Assistant Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, YB Dato Sri Hajjah Fatimah Abdullah (2nd left), Minister of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development, YB Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah (2nd right), Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports, and YB Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Muhammad Leo Toyad (extreme right), Chairman of Sarawak Convention Bureau.

“This is what TriBE 2018 – a celebration of excellence, a remarkable beginning of new alliances, and redefining what global tribes can do together. TriBE 2018 is just a preview of what is to come,” she concluded.

TriBE 2018 is a one-day conference aimed as a preview for the upcoming international full-fledged conference, the TriBE Assembly happening in 2020.

For more information on the series of programmes leading up to TriBE Assembly 2020, please contact 082-242516 or email at [email protected]