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Sarawak is looking to award grants of up to RM10,000.00 to fund travel, accommodation, association membership and convention registration fees to successful applicants under the International Convention Scholarship Award (ICSA).

Initiated by Sarawak Convention Bureau (SCB), this installment of ICSA has issued grants to more than 40 business events ambassadors since its inception in 2008 to enable Sarawakians to attend conferences around the world, resulting in an influx of knowledge to the state as well as to their respective professions.

Chew Chang Guan, SCB’s general manager of government & industry relations remarked that this is the best opportunity to be elected as Sarawak’s ambassador for business events.

“Successful applicants will be able to learn new ideas or knowledge from their particular fields,” says Chew. “Not only would they be able to make extend their professional networks in a global scale, they would also play a vital role in developing Sarawak’s respective sectors and spur advancement.”

Under the Bureau’s national flaghip “BESarawak” platform, the ICSA is part of the awarding element; one of three main prongs to empower the state’s business events sector towards new heights of professionalism and excellence. It also coincides with the famed Anak Sarawak Awards, a biennial event to acknowledge the contribution of industry partners and conferences hosts.

In order to qualify for the ICSA, applicants would need to be a Sarawakian, a permanent resident of Sarawak, or possess a Sarawakian working permit. The choice of convention is to be held from Oct. 1,  2018-Dec. 31, 2019, able to rotate among different destinations, and have the possibility of being hosted in Malaysia. The application deadline is July 31.

“We are committed to help our members of our local community to build their network internationally in their field of interest,” explains Dylan Redas Noel, SCB’s head of industry development and project manager for ICSA.

ICSA, initiated under SCB’s BESarawak: Awarding platform will also be congregating past scholarship winners with top-tier association decision makers, industry partners, global and national media, and government officials at the Business Events Tribal Meet (TriBE) 2018 in August 2018.

The application form may be downloaded at http://businesseventssarawak.com/v2/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/ASA-ICSA_FIN_20180805.pdf. For more info, contact Dylan Noel (drnoel@sarawakcb.com) or Chew Chang Guan (chewcg@sarawakcb.com) at +6082 242516.

The Sarawak Convention Bureau  was established in 2006 by the state government of Sarawak. They are a non-profit company whose aim is to bring Sarawak to the forefront as a competitive destination for international meetings. The Bureau is a member of the International Congress and Convention Association. Their goal is to help connect NGOs, corporations and government bodies with whatever necessary to make international conventions a success in Sarawak. For more info, visit www.businesseventssarawak.com.

 

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