Malaysia and Indonesia: Collaboration to rebu...
Malaysia and Indonesia

Collaboration to rebuild the business events industry

Photo: MyCeb

Aiming to foster closer relations for the development of the business events industry between Malaysia and Indonesia, the Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) has visited Jakarta and received encouraging support from their counterpart.

A gathering of key industry opinion leaders, in particular, representatives from the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, Indonesian Exhibition Companies Association (IECA-Asperapi), Indonesia Convention & Exhibition, Jakarta Convention Centre, Professional Conference Organisers, both from the public and private sector and several local media has resulted in a positive dialogue. This is in fact the first trip by MyCEB as a national convention bureau to reach out to their counterpart in Indonesia where the two countries share many similarities, in the business events industry, culture and economic prosperity. Further discussions are in progress to uncover potential prospects for a strategic collaboration between the two countries which will benefit the stakeholders and create a larger economic impact.
„We need to find common ground for industry stakeholders.“
Dato' Sri Abdul Khani Daud, CEO, MyCEB
"With the opening of our borders, business events visitors will benefit immensely with no more requirement for COVID-19 PCR tests or COVID-19 insurance. However, much more effort is required to restart this industry and collaboration with our neighbouring countries such as Indonesia is very important. Therefore, we need to find the common ground for industry stakeholders to cooperate and move forward. In this regard, MyCEB will spare no effort to make this collaboration meaningful and a success. Even though Malaysia has vast experience in staging international events, there is so much more that we could learn from Indonesia, who will be hosting the prestigious G20 Summit this November," said Dato' Sri Abdul Khani Daud, chief executive officer of MyCEB.

In response to Malaysia's invitation to collaborate, Hosea Andreas Runkat, chairman of the Indonesian Exhibition Companies Association (IECA-Asperapi) and director of Balai Sidang Jakarta Convention Center (JCC), stated: "We are honoured to be able to work alongside our counterpart's industry champions to create more business-to-business opportunities for the region amidst the impacts of the pandemic. This will ultimately attract and reassure the confidence of international world leaders, decision-makers, and potential investors in Malaysia and Indonesia's ability to conduct world-class and responsible meetings in this era of new norms."