SEDC honoured by Princess Anne visit

Princess Anne signing the SEDC Guest Book.

Princess Anne signing the SEDC Guest Book.

KUCHING: Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) hosted a historic working visit by British royal, Princess Anne and 11 delegates of Emerging Leaders’ Dialogue Asia (Elda) 2016 from the Sabah Group at Riverside Majestic Hotel here on Oct 30.

SEDC general manager Soedirman Aini briefed Princess Anne on the Corporation’s role as a catalyst in promoting economic development in Sarawak.

“This working visit will bring SEDC into limelight and provides information to SEDC particularly on commercial and socio-economic development, investments and many others,” said Soedirman.

According to Emerging Leaders’ Dialogue (ELD) Asia 2016 organising chairman Adrian Jerome, SEDC was chosen because of its involvement in a wide range of economic activities and projects.

Soedirman speaks to Princess Anne after the corporate briefing.

Soedirman speaks to Princess Anne after the corporate briefing.

“The study tour will open the eyes of our delegates the contribution as an organisation SEDC make to Sarawak and this nation. It will certainly contribute to a meaningful discussion that will shape the development of sustainable business and leadership strategies for companies in the region and beyond.

“The conference will not only facilitate high-level dialogue and networking, but also point to pragmatic solutions and leadership outcomes towards Sustainable Development Goals,” he said.

One of the objectives of the working visit is to have exchange of knowledge and discuss issues concerning Sarawak and delegates of the programme.

Princess Anne, who is also the patron of Association of Emerging Leaders Dialogues (AELD) attended the State dinner hosted by the Sarawak Government on Oct 30 at Hilton Kuching.

Also present at the working visit were Princess Anne private secretary Nick Wright, Elda chairman Adrian Jerome, Early Childhood Education and Family Development assistant minister Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali and SEDC deputy general manager Edwin Abit.

Elda 2016 is organised in Malaysia from Oct 20 to Nov 1 this year and was launched by the Commonwealth Study Conference Association of Malaysia (COSCAM) and AELD with the objective of this flagship initiative is to help identify, encourage and build leadership competencies.

The dialogue, which involves 82 participants from 25 countries themed at ‘Leadership for Sustainable Development’.

Princess Anne (seated centre) poses with Sharifah Hasidah (seated second left), Soedirman (seated third right), delegates of Elda 2016 from Sabah group and SEDC Top Management.

Princess Anne (seated centre) poses with Sharifah Hasidah (seated second left), Soedirman (seated third right), delegates of Elda 2016 from Sabah group and SEDC Top Management.

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