Achieves Target of Over 10,000 Online Visitors from 75 Countries
The International Greentech & Eco Products Exhibition & Conference Malaysia (IGEM) maintained its victorious streak by completing the eleventh consecutive year with the first-of-its-kind virtual exhibition hall at virtual.igem.my drawing over 10,000 visitors from 75 countries, fortifying once again its position as the region’s most powerful green technology, business and innovation platform.
Organised by the Ministry of Environment and Water (KASA) and co-organised by its agency the Malaysian Green Technology and Climate Change Centre (MGTC), IGEM 2020 featured more than 160 exhibitors. Themed “Energising Sustainability”, IGEM 2020 focused on making a proactive and positive difference in the world by encouraging people to participate and power the green economy as an impetus to revive the global economy.
MGTC Chief Executive Officer, Shamsul Bahar Mohd Nor said, “In the past ten years, IGEM has grown to not only be a flagship event for Malaysia, but for the overall green technology sector globally. Notwithstanding the uncertainties around the global economy and pandemic, I am glad that we were able to yet again bring together governments, policymakers, corporations, and individuals, opening up new avenues and innovative solutions that are the need of the hour.”
“The United Nation, European Union and the International Monetary Fund have all identified the far-reaching effects of climate action in the green economy that can stimulate industries, create employment opportunities and empower consumers. As we continue to build back better, green agenda must be the focal point to create a more environmentally sustainable and economically stable future,” he added.
IGEM’s strategic partner, the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) and business matching partner, the Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE) returned this year, hosting over 200 networking sessions including curated group and personal business matching sessions between leading and emerging organisations from various industries to form strategic partnerships and increase green investments across the region.
The five-day event also saw over 57 conference sessions and 77 pocket talks by both local and international key industry leaders and green experts on topics such as energy, green technology, green finance, climate action, waste management, policy analysis and women empowerment. These sessions provided much needed insights to green entrepreneurs as well as other industry members who are currently contemplating their prospects in the sustainability industry.
Shamsul Bahar continued, “Despite the challenges and various unknowns faced, I am proud that we were able to persevere and not only successfully complete another year of IGEM but be able to do so with a large number of participants still coming from multiple countries, regional pavilions and international corporations.” “The tremendous reception that we have received for IGEM 2020’s virtual platform proves how spirited people across the globe are in energising sustainability. This further spurs MGTC to up our game to continue the country’s green agenda via various climate action initiatives that will also contribute to flourish the green economy of Malaysia and the region,” he concluded.
Sponsored by PETRONAS, Solvarvest Holdings Bhd and the British Malaysian Chamber of Commerce, IGEM 2020 had a strong international presence with an array of country and regional pavilions including Canada, Great Britain, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Belgium, China and South Korea. The virtual hall also featured three Malaysian state pavilions. IGEM 2020 also announced a string of awards for the booths and talks, with Petronas taking the top spot for the Best Booth Design, Canada for the Best Pavilion, RWDI taking Best Microsite, Huawei for Most Creative Pocket Talk, Ant Futures for Most Viewed Pocket Talk, Sabah for Best State Booth design and Fujian Antai for Most Interactive (Business Matching and Live Chat). IGEM will be returning next year, from 13th to 15th October 2021. For all the happenings at IGEM 2020 and further details on IGEM 2021, please visit www.igem.my .