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Anak Sarawak Awards steers legacy impacts for conventions and convention hosts

The Anak Sarawak Awards (ASA), the flagship award for the Business Events sector, is grounded in championing the legacy impacts of not only conventions, but also of the convention hosts as well.

Dr. Ravi Chandran, winner of the previous Convention of Excellence Award at the 8th Anak Sarawak Awards 2016 for his contributions at the XXIII Asian and Oceania Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology 2015 (AOCOG), exemplifies how the ASA has inspired professionals to harness their potential as convention ambassadors for the betterment of the general society.

With the awarded grant of RM10,000, the past president of the Obstetrical and Gynecological Society of Malaysia (OGSM) was able to escalate a greater understanding at the Endometriosis 2017 Congress; a stocktaking international experts’ meeting focusing on diagnosis to medical and surgical management on the endometriosis disorder.

He added that professional development is only one aspect of any congress in yielding legacy impacts.

“Our own OGSM congresses always strive to have a component for the local community and over the years, this has taken several forms - being a "green" congress to reduce the carbon footprint, highlighting the plight of the underprivileged and marginalised groups, introducing new technology for the benefit of the lower socio-economic groups and working with local NGOs to uplift the quality of life of minorities,” explained Dr. Ravi, who is also the current President of the Asia Oceania Federation of Obstetrics & Gynaecology.

An initiative from the Sarawak Convention Bureau, the ASA is the first award in the country to officially accolade the contributions of convention hosts, industry partners and the media to the growth of the sector.

“Beyond recognising excellence of the sector, the ASA functions as a legacy enabler; bringing together decision makers from various functions and sectors to co-create purposeful projects which will indefinitely impact the delegates, the destination’s community, destination partners and many more,” said Amelia Roziman, Chief Operating Officer of the SCB.

“We hope to gather more legacy builders at the upcoming 9th ASA happening in August 2018,” she concluded.

 

Photo: Dr Ravi Chandran (middle) receiving the Convention of Excellence Award at the 8th Anak Sarawak Award 2016 from the current Chief Minister of Sarawak, Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg (right).