If you are looking to tap into the South Australian market, look no further. The Australia Malaysia Business Council (South Australia chapter) or AMBCSA can help you to make that first connection.
According to Dr. Evelyn Yap, who holds the position of president at AMBCSA, the organisation serves as a bridge for fostering collaboration and establishing connections between businesses from Malaysia and South Australia.
“We try to run 4 events a year with one event each quarter,” said Dr. Evelyn. “These events, ranging from networking events, industry seminars, our annual Merdeka Gala Dinner and Merdeka Awards are a great opportunity and touch points for our members to connect and collaborate.”
AMBCSA operates entirely through the dedication of volunteers who contribute their time and efforts, led by individuals such as Dr. Evelyn, business owners, industry experts, consultants, and young graduates. This level of commitment is truly commendable.
Providing opportunities to students and future professionals.
At each AMBCSA Merdeka Gala Dinner, Malaysian undergraduates studying in South Australia are invited to submit applications for the prestigious Merdeka Awards. The Merdeka Awards is presented to students who have shown exemplary academic achievements and community engagement within their local community in South Australia. The students should also be able to showcase evidence of their efforts in supporting the ties between South Australia and Malaysia, in line with AMBCSA’s mission.
Students and graduates are also invited to join AMBCSA, either as volunteers or as a committee member. This can help provide opportunities to the students to sharpen their business acumen, as well as network with local businesses and organisations in South Australia.
More than just connecting the dots for businesses.
At AMBCSA, their goal is to provide opportunities for businesses to network and grow. This includes helping business owners and professionals to connect with counterparts in Malaysia and/or South Australia, as well as with the relevant ministries such as MATRADE and MIDA.
“For example, Gelista is an Adelaide-based premium gelato ice-cream business. Peter Cox, the founder of Gelista, connected with various Malaysians through AMBCSA, and they are now shipping their first shipment of ice-cream to Malaysia to test the Malaysian market.”
According to Dr Evelyn, there are plenty of opportunities for bilateral relationships between businesses in Malaysia and South Australia, especially in agriculture, renewable energy, education, and biotechnology.
“The more you talk to people, the more opportunities will open for you to exchange ideas that can bring value to either Malaysia or South Australia, or both. But until you start that conversation, you’re not going to know. And that’s where the AMBCSA comes in,” she said.
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Through the MyHeart platform, AMBCSA hopes to reach out to more like-minded individuals around the world.
“We hope that people who would like to know more about us would reach out and see where there are opportunities for us to collaborate. This can be Malaysian businesses back home who may want to explore opportunities with businesses in Adelaide, or even Malaysians living in Adelaide or Australia who might want to expand their network locally in South Australia.”
Malaysian undergraduates in South Australia who may be interested to conduct case studies or research projects with local Australian businesses may also reach out to AMBCSA for help in reaching out to potential organisations.
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