Lo (seated middle in third row) with JCI Assean delegates at a photo call in the MPP building. Photo: Mohd Alif Noni

KUCHING: Collaboration between the Padawan Municipal Council (MPP) and Junior Chamber International (JCI) Association of Senators of Southeast Asian Nations (Assean) will open up various opportunities that Sarawak has to offer.

MPP chairman Lo Khere Chiang stated that the association will first come to the state to explore and learn about the potential and opportunities in the state before sealing the deal.

“Since the association is comprised of successful businessmen and businesswomen, who knows — our own local business community can collaborate with them to kick start a business here for the prosperity of the state.

“This means there will be investment coming in (to contribute to the state’s growth),” he told reporters after receiving a courtesy call by the JCI Assean delegates at MPP building here, yesterday.

The delegation comprised of 70 members coming from Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan, Indonesia, Singapore, Japan, Myanmar and Vietnam.

Lo (seated middle in third row) with JCI Assean delegates at a photo call in the MPP building. Photo: Mohd Alif Noni

Lo, who is also the Batu Kitang assemblyman mentioned, that MPP has previously collaborated with JCI at both a national-level (JCI Malaysia) and branch-level such as with JCI Kuching and JCI Padawan.

“This year alone, we (MPP) were invited to the JCI Malaysia Sustainable Development Award 2019 where we emerged as champion for ‘The Best of the Best of All 17 Goals’.

“We also won the ‘Sustainable Development Goal No 12: Responsible Consumption and Production’ in the same event,” he added.

JCI is a global non-profit organisation of over 200,000 young active citizens, aged 18 to 40 years old, who are dedicated to creating positive changes in their communities and around the world.

There are over 5,000 JCI Local Organisations in over 120 countries across the globe seeking targeted solutions to local needs in creating sustainable impact.

Also present were MPP deputy chairman Datuk Ahmad Ibrahim; MPP acting secretary Elizabeth Lo; JCI Assean 2019 president Senator Nelson Tan; JCI Malaysia Senator Dominic Chuo; Mayor Hussin Amin of Jolo, Southern Philippine; Mayor Acher Chen of Fangliao Town, Taiwan; and MPP councillors Rabian Kipli and Stephen Ang Teck Chai.