ACE conference to help Sarawak entrepreneurs advance into China market
By Jude Toyat
The ASEAN-China Entrepreneurs’ (ACE) conference jointly organised by Sarawak Entrepreneur Association (SEA), FAME International College and Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) will take place here at Imperial Hotel Kuching from May 12 to 13.
According to its organising chairman David Chew, the goal of the conference is to provide a mutually beneficial and commercialization platform where Malaysian and particularly Sarawak local entrepreneurs can advance into Asia’s largest market.
“Entrepreneurs can explore and gain insights into various businesses and trade opportunities with the Chinese counterparts through strategic business networking, sharing session, awareness workshops and trade forums during the conference,” he said in his speech during the ACE Conference briefing held at Lot10 Boutique Hotel on March 23.
Chew added that Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem was invited as the guest of honor for the conference whom will be represented by the Assistant Minister of Industrial Development Datuk Julaihi Narawi, and Senator Datuk Dr Sim Kuin Hian as the advisor.
The conference is also supported by the Malaysia federation and state government, China consulate and private sectors.
“The conference will be a combination of critical information presentation, forums, company showcase, and business networking.
“Domain expert, well-known corporate speakers, successful entrepreneurs from both China and ASEAN, policies makers, relevant government agencies (i.e. Malaysia Investment Development Authority (MIDA), Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE), Minsitry of Industrial Development (MID), China consulate, Thailand Ambassador, Indonesian consulate, Brunei consulate and etc.) will be invited as speakers,” he added.
More than 10 delegates from Latem Singapore, 10 from Myanmar, 30 from China, 5 from Cambodia, 10 from Thailand will also take part in the conference.
“Meanwhile, the keynote speakers will include Doer’s Knowledge Management Group Ltd. chairman Dr Wilson Lin Mei Hsien, Airasia Malaysia chief executive officer Aireen Omar, Huang Bing from E6 Logistics Company from China and many more.
“They will be presenting critical information such as business landscape, new ideas, government’s economic development direction, local projects opportunities and etc. for businesses development, businesses collaboration and opportunities creation,” Chew said, adding that as a result of last year’s conference, there will also be a few MoU signing ceremonies that will be witness by the VVIPs and VIPs attending the conference this year.
In addition, to give opportunities for participants to raise questions directly to the domain expert, policies makers, relevant speakers and authorities, there will also be a forum sessions in the conference this year.
“The forum will provide an opportunity for participants to gain more understanding of certain topics, and also feedback to the relevant parties of entrepreneurs’ concern and issues. Apart from that, there will be company showcase stations at the conference venue.
“This is an opportunity for foreign and domestic companies to showcase their company profile, products and services to the conference delegates, and also general public,” he added.
Booths for interested entrepreneurs are also on sale and priced at RM4,000 (normal booths) and RM5,500 (corner booths).
The ASEAN-China Entrepreneurs Conference is supported by the Sarawak Government, Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) Malaysia, Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (Matrade), Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA), Sarawak Convention Bureau, SME Corporation Malaysia (SME Corp), AirAsia, Ibraco, Spark Company, Doer’s Knowledge Management Group Ltd., Crowe Horwath, Horwath Capital Beijing, Celcom, RHB Capital Berhad, E-Six Logistic Management System, and Asia-Latam Connection.
Sarawak Entrepreneurs Association (SEA) is a non-profit organisation that aims to grow professional and young entrepreneurs in the state by providing an open platform and mentors from various backgrounds to support and guide up-and-coming entrepreneurs in the planning, building and promotion of ideas and businesses.
The association aims to be a bridging link between Sarawakian entrepreneurs and the government for resources and support necessary to start, build and expand their expertise.