On 15th February 2024, SBC received the delegation of the European Union Ambassadors, led by His Excellency Michalis Rokas, Ambassador of the European Union (EU) to Malaysia.
The visit to Sarawak was part of the EU Business Day programme which aims to enhance connections and to seek opportunities for future business ventures in Sarawak.
During the visit to SBC, the delegates were briefed on Access and Benefit Sharing practices related to the use of biological resources in Sarawak, SBC’s R&D offerings, as well as on the progression from lab-scale to industrial-scale algae cultivation for various industrial applications.
His Excellency Peter Van Acker, Ambassador of Belgium to Malaysia and current President of the Council of the European Union, commemorated the delegation’s visit by planting a Scaphium longiflorum, also known as Kembang Semangkuk. The species serves multiple purposes, from being used as shade, soil stabilisation and building material, to therapeutic uses.
The Ambassadors commended SBC for its research accomplishments and expressed anticipation for future cooperation.