Improving standards

(Left) Abang Johari and Mohamad Morshidi admiring the logo of The Leadership Institute of the Sarawak Civil Service. Scope is a partnership initiative with the institute.— ZULAZHAR SHEBLEE / THE STAR

KUCHING: The Sarawak Centre of Performance Excellence (Scope), which provides developmental programmes for private sectors, government-linked corporations and small medium enterprises, has officially commenced operations.

Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg opened the centre at the Institute City Campus (ICC) in Yayasan Sarawak building here on Tuesday.

Scope, a private entity incorporated last year, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Yayasan Sarawak.

“It is imperative that the standard of delivery of goods and services continues to be upgraded to high global standards.

“Scope was created to provide private sectors and organisations a knowledge-sharing platform to enhance potentials of our people as high-level performers in the ever competitive and fast-changing corporate environment.

“Sarawak needs to catch up with the rest of the country to achieve a high-income and developed status,” Scope chairman Tan Sri Mohamad Morshidi Abdul Ghani said in the agency’s booklet distributed during the launch.

He added that under the Sarawak Economic Transformation Plan, the state was projected to grow at 6.5% per annum to achieve a high-income status by the year 2030.

“For this reason, the state government urges greater, active participation by the corporate sectors in championing human capital development,” he said.

Scope also conducts a monthly knowledge-sharing programme known as Scope Circle, whereby speakers from reputable organisations share insights on various fields of expertise.

The first Scope Circle, which focused on Energy Management, featured Siemens Transformer Sales Asia Pacific vice-president Peter Vogel and European School of Management and Technology Berlin associate dean Christoph Burger who gave participants an overview on Germany’s changing energy markets and their professional advancement in energy and resource sectors.

Other recent initiatives include a leadership programme and a talk on multi-cultural leadership by Tan Sri Dr Surin Pitsuwan, who chairs the Asean Ministerial Meeting as well as the Asean Regional Forum. This is part of Scope’s initiative to organise programmes for SMEs conducted by local and international experts.

The launch also saw an exchange of Memorandum of Understanding between Scope and its strategic partners including Sarawak Business Federation, Singapore-Cambodia International Academy, Hay Group Sdn Bhd and Ratings Agency Malaysia.

“Scope is privileged to announce partnership with these reputable organisations, allowing both parties to collaborate and develop programme modules, promote knowledge exchange and allows for academic-industrial collaborative activities, conferences, publications, workshops and seminars.

“This partnership allows Scope to leverage on the expert resources and specialists drawn from these respective institutions,” Mohamad Morshidi said.

Among Scope initial foray was the International ICT Infrastructure and Digital Economy Conference held last April.

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