Winners of the APAC 2018 International Chamber of Commerce Awards
March 14th, 2018
EventBank, the leading provider of the chamber of commerce management and event management software, recently announced the winners of the 2nd annual APAC 2018 International Chambers of Commerce Awards. The winning chambers of commerce and executives were announced during the first-ever online conference for chambers in the Asia Pacific ‘APAC 2018 Chambers of Commerce Online Conference’.
The Awards recognize chambers’ efforts toward improving their communities during the past year. The judging committee was looking for efficient chamber operations, happy members, innovative engagement programs, events that bring value, and passionate chamber leaders who are not afraid of changes. The APAC 2018 International Chamber of Commerce Awards has seen a huge increase in the number of the applications for each category with almost every country in the Asia Pacific represented in the applications.
“We are very happy to see so many chambers in the region applying for this year’s APAC Chamber Awards. It was extremely challenging to decide on the winners as all applying chambers have achieved great results in the past year. I want to congratulate all the winners and thank every participating chamber of commerce for all the hard work they are doing for the benefit of their members,” said Eric L. Schmidt, CEO of EventBank.
This year’s Awards included five categories and the Awards went to two nominees in three of the five categories this year. EventBank congratulates all the winners for their outstanding achievements.
Winners of the APAC 2018 International Chamber of Commerce Awards
Executive of the Year
Siobhan Das, Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Malaysia
Siobhan, the superwoman of the AmCham, as described in the application, initiated MY AMCHAM CARES program to celebrate and recognize their members’ CSR efforts and tenacious engagement with Ministry of International Trade and Industry and Ministry of Finance, that resulted in the Withholding Tax Exemption ruling in September last year. She also helped facilitate hosting Prime Minister at a gala dinner celebrating 60 years of the US-Malaysia business relations. She is dedicated not only to members and the chamber at large but also to her team. She is passionate, goes above and beyond and does not shirk away from advancing or resolving thorny issues for the AmCham’s members.
Member Engagement Program of the Year
Malaysian Dutch Business Council
MDBC uses an iterative approach to continuously improve their member engagement. They are proactive in understanding their member’s needs and systematically test possible improvements to engage their members, and then implement the services that cater to their member’s needs. The chamber has very happy members, great renewal numbers and quite steep increase in new members with great satisfaction. One example of this is their most recent survey, where they found that business development and local talent acquisition was a difficulty for a portion of their members. Thus, they organized a Connects Fair and expanded their HR services to provide additional support.What makes MDBC different? They are unique as they allow their members a constant dialogue to express their needs or concerns. Malaysia is a country with a very intricate business environment which makes it difficult for newcomers. Using their engagement strategy, they assure their members receive relevant information to help their businesses on a consistent basis. They take the initiative to develop services upon understanding their members’ needs from this dialogue. MDBC is also unique due to their pioneering member engagement strategies that no other Dutch chamber has done in the region (or other Chambers in Malaysia) such as the talent acquisition initiatives through their Student Internship Program and Spouse Program. They are constantly evolving ideas to best meet the needs of their members.
Large Chamber of the Year
Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BWCCI)
Since inception in 2001, Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce & Industry (BWCCI) has kept the focus on policy advocacy to improve the business environment for women entrepreneurs, to allow them to flourish and to move from microenterprises to the small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) level. In particular, BWCCI has focused consistently on the issue of women entrepreneurs’ access to finance and access to marketplaces around Bangladesh. BWCCI’s activities covered in 64 Districts worked and with 22 Development partners till date. BWCCI has long been lobbying with policymakers to have women representative in bank management and boards.
Federation of Karnataka Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FKCCI)
It is an APEX chamber and one of the oldest chambers in India that has served their members for over hundred years. FKCCI has successfully finished building a Skill Development Training Facility for Industry 4.0, IOT, Robotics, and other high-end skills to train 50,000 people per year. The chamber is represented on various central and state government statutory bodies and is actively engaged with government policy and implementations.
Medium Chamber of the Year
British Malaysian Chamber of Commerce
The British Malaysian Chamber of Commerce (BMCC) turns 55 this year and having won the APAC Medium Chamber of the Year award last year, BMCC remains in good standing. Looking back at the past year alone, the BMCC has reached momentous milestones, from the significant initiations of the Energy and Education Committees to the launch of their first outstation office in Johor Bharu. The establishment of the BMCC Advocacy Working Group was another establishment well acclaimed by their members, installed to relay the business needs of their members to the Malaysian government. Their Executive Office has itself undergone renovations to accommodate increased workforce, additional meeting booths and a large conference room.
European Chamber of Commerce in Cambodia
In 3 years, they have grown from a modest, little known Chamber to the most visible, respected and successful Chamber in Cambodia, recognized not only by the business community, but also by the Government, development agencies and international organizations and institutions (OECD, ADB, IMF, Asia Foundation, World Bank, etc.). Their network today is connected to a large number of local networks but also to the development partners in Cambodia and to the Government. As such they are constantly in touch with a wide range of stakeholders who enjoy attending their events but also reach out to the Chamber for information and expertise. French, German, Italian, Nordic and British are all part of EuroCham. EuroCham Cambodia is very passionate about their work and extremely committed to Cambodia and their members.
Small Chamber of the Year
Norwegian Australian Chamber of Commerce
The Norwegian Australian Chamber of Commerce (NACC) is a premier platform for business networking in and between Australia and Norway, completely run by volunteers. Main objectives are to create networking opportunities for members and their communities, promote, encourage and facilitate trade, commerce, and investment and create awareness of ties between Australia and Norway. NACC is a young, fresh chamber of commerce founded and managed by like-minded professionals (volunteers) who are running it for them and for people who could also benefit. They are committed to their members, sponsors, and partners, they create value by encouraging an open network of professionals from various industries collaborating, connecting and building relationships with established businesses and business people, providing business intelligence, and sharing information and knowledge.
American Chamber of Commerce in Mongolia
The American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Mongolia is an independent membership-driven organization that seeks to build, strengthen, and protect business between the United States and Mongolia; and to actively promote Mongolia as a destination for American investment. Consistency and transparency are the best qualities of AmCham Mongolia, which over the past six years, has led to acknowledged success and recognition by their members, government stakeholders, and the international community. Since its establishment, AmCham Mongolia has consistently contributed to its members’ exposure and collaborated with the government by providing concrete and comprehensive policy recommendations that have had a direct and tangible impact on private sector development.
About APAC 2018 International Chambers of Commerce Awards & Online Conference
The APAC 2018 International Chambers of Commerce Awards & Online Conference, organized by EventBank, recognized chambers of commerce in the Asia Pacific for efforts towards improving their communities during the past year. APAC 2018 International Chambers of Commerce Online Conference brought together international chambers for a one-day online event focused on the best practices, innovative chamber processes, and engaging member programs. More information about the Awards and the online conference can be found at http://www.apacchamber.com/
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