MIRI: The east Asean growth area that includes Borneo has vast untapped potential for social growth and economic enhancement.
Enterprise Asia president Datuk William Ng said the region encompassing east Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei and the Philippines was among the most vibrant in the world.
Ng was in Miri over the weekend to present awards to outstanding entrepreneurial leaders and those with outstanding potential throughout the BIMP-EAGA (Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines – East Asian Growth Area).
They were honoured for their achievements in propelling the region’s sharp economic rise.
For their distinguished achievements over the past year, these business leaders were honoured at the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards (APEA) 2015 held in Miri City on Saturday night.
APEA is a regional economic recognition programme organised by Entreprise Asia, which is the region’s foremost non-governmental think tank group for development of entrepreneurs and businesses.
The awards are presented to a handful of entrepreneurs and business leaders across the Asia-Pacific region every year.
Ng said that the award winners were torchbearers of entrepreneurial and business leadership in their respective countries.
“They must have adhered to the strictest standards of business ethics. They also have to prove their entrepreneurial skills in one of the toughest business contests in the world,” he said.
“They must uphold the highest standard of investing in people development and responsible entrepreneurship which are the founding pillars of Enterprise Asia.”
Ng said the APEA was in its second year and the winners were major contributors to the escalating development in BIMP EAGA.
“This award will encourage the winners to drive the economy to greater heights and provide more job opportunities.
“The east Asean region still have vast potentials for development in many sectors and the outlook for entrepreneurs look exciting,” he added.
The winners in the “Outstanding Category” were Asian Supply Base CEO Datuk Harris Annuar, LCY Development managing director Francis Lau, Oceancare Corporation president Datuk Nelson Balang Rining and Petrohub Corporation CEO Datuk Junaidi Abdul Rahman.
The winners in the “Most Promising Category” were Aziza Paradise Hotel president Benedict Rocha, Eustolia marketing services director Lhai Santiago, HMN Nadhir Sdn Bhd group managing director Awang Habiburliah Awang Ismail, Hydro Icon managing director Bobby Ting, Leyden Engineering Services general manager Anthony Ho, Misarma Enterprise managing director Tang Siong Chung, Preston Shipyard CEO Zailani Mansor, Rajang Port general manager Helen Lim, Tenaga Seri Wangsa CEO Hong Boon Swee, Teras Eramaju CEO Wan Nur Muhamnad, TOS Logistic and Shipping director William Yong and Tukim Enterprise director Datuk Liew Chun Kim.