“We are delighted with the response in the first year of the Export Excellence Awards. Our main aim is to recognise successful businesses for their export achievements and success in growing their business beyond Malaysian borders,” said Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia Bhd managing director and chief executive officer Abrar A. Anwar.
“Standard Chartered has a 144-year history of facilitating trade and investment in the country and we connect people and businesses to markets in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
“Clients of different sizes with diverse needs can benefit from the bank’s capabilities and network as we operate in over 60 countries,” he said.
Abrar said Standard Chartered works closely with the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (Miti) and the Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (Matrade) in trade and investment, adding that there are opportunities within Asean, South Asia and Africa for Malaysian exporters to explore.
Star Media Group in partnership with Standard Chartered launched the inaugural Export Excellence Awards 2019, with PKT Logistics Group Sdn Bhd as co-sponsor and Matrade as patron.
The seven main award categories are electrical and electronics; oil and gas; chemical, mineral and alloy; agriculture; machinery, equipment and automation; services; and other industries.
Three companies will receive the Exporter of the Year title, while a special award will be given in the halal products category.
“Through the awards, we want to recognise leading exporters who contribute to Malaysia’s economic prosperity and their growing presence in the global arena.
“We believe in the importance of developing the exports sector and equipping Malaysian businesses with sustainable business practices to propel and sustain the economy,” said Abrar.
Matrade chief executive officer Datuk Wan Latiff Wan Musa, Miti deputy secretary-general (trade) Datuk Seri Norazman Ayob and Credit Guarantee Corporation Malaysia Bhd chief corporate officer Rahim Raduan were the judges who picked the Exporters of the Year and the halal products winner.
Wan Latiff found that the contestants posted between 12% and 84% in cumulative annual growth in their exports for the last three years – figures that are “very impressive”.
He believes that recognition for exporters could inspire them to take Malaysia forward to be among the leading trading nations.
Rahim said the Export Excellence Awards honour local exporters for their contributions to the growth of the Malaysian economy.“We could see how they have been good players in carrying Malaysian brands abroad,” he said.
Norazman said the contestants have shown quality in their business models, export marketing strategies, utilisation of technology in their processes, as well as their corporate social responsibility initiatives.
“They are winners in their own right. We are just choosing the best among the best,” he said.
Winners will be announced on Nov 12 at the awards ceremony at EQ Hotel in Kuala Lumpur.
For details, go to exportawards.com.my.
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