KUCHING: Sarawak is set to welcome over 200 local and international delegates to Kuching for the inaugural Sarawak Dialogue from Feb 26 to 28.

With the theme “Sarawak: The Bridge to New Beginnings,” the three-day event is organised by the state government under the leadership of Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

Its goal is to attract investors and leading decision-makers from local and international private-sector corporations to Sarawak to advise, network and partner with state agencies and local companies and to initiate business opportunities to spur development and progress for the state’s 2.6 million people.

“True to being a dialogue, the event will enable business discussions to be conducted among the delegates,” organising chairman Adrain Jerome said.

“Senior Sarawak ministers will share the state’s road map for these industries, followed by dedicated sessions where panellists will discuss and add their views and suggestions.

“Speakers ranging from Tan Sri Tony Fernandes of AirAsia, Stanley Yang and Khailee Ng from the United States’ Silicon Valley, Matrade chief executive officer Dr Mohd Shahreen Zainooreen Madros and the Ukrainian ambassador to Malaysia Olexander Nechytaylo have confirmed their participation, among many others.

“We want people to share their business journey over the years, discuss opportunities and constraints, and address immediate and existing needs that will eventually help formulate new project partnerships for the state and potential investors,” Jerome said.

Other confirmed participants include ACE EdVenture founder and chief executive officer Anne Tham, Prof Dr Gerard Bodeker from Oxford University, Sarawak digital economy chief adviser Prof Jugdutt Singh and Tan Chee Peng of Business Technovise International Singapore.

Delegates will be encouraged to pursue discussions for partnerships and business ventures, as Sarawak is on the threshold of engaging individuals and companies looking for fresh opportunities.

“Partnerships and projects can herald great times ahead for Sarawak and its people, who need to equip themselves with knowledge and be competitive in whatever business they undertake,” Jerome added.

For information, go to sarawakdialogue.com or call 011-1116 2644 (William) or 012-218 8237 (Boon).

Source: https://www.thestar.com.my/metro/metro-news/2018/02/13/inaugural-sarawak-dialogue-to-initiate-business-activities/