Chamber optimistic about businesses bouncing back

Datuk Abang Abdul Karim Tun Openg

KUCHING: The Sarawak Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) is looking forward to an optimistic business recovery for its members and the state.

SCCI president Datuk Abang Abdul Karim Tun Openg acknowledged that many organisations, big and small, had been adversely affected during the last 18 months or so.

He advised them to persevere, saying: “We need to soldier on to ensure that our business community will remain relevant during these challenging times.”

He said this at SCCI’s 70th annual general meeting (AGM) via Zoom on Tuesday.

During the AGM, SCCI members were updated on the upcoming year’s plans.

They were also informed on the various opportunities made available by the Sarawak Digital Economy Corporation Berhad (SDEC).

Abdul Karim said SCCI had adapted well to the challenges such as going virtual to continuously support its members.

“Since 2020, we have had numerous webinars such as the virtual dialogue sessions with Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg and sessions with the Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (Matrade), Sarawak Tourism and Trade Office Singapore (Statos) to discuss exports.

“We have also gone on virtual discussion with Bank Negara to discuss matters related to moratorium.

“We hope to always be able to connect and help our members in whatever way necessary.”

He also expressed his thanks to members for their endorsement and hoped that SCCI would continue to champion the local business community as well as to serve its members for many years to come.

Meanwhile, SDEC chief executive officer Sudarnoto Osman, during his presentation on SDEC’s digital business roadmap for Sarawak, extended invitations to interested companies for collaboration.

“We are inviting Sarawak companies to collaborate with SDEC and take advantage of the opportunities available for businesses – from start-up support, cloud storage, manpower for IT & Technology, to training and development, investments in technology and more.”