Malaysia edges out China for 2022 primatological congress

An orangutan in Matang Wildlife Centre, Sarawak, pictured

Malaysia has won the bid against China for the International Primatological Society (IPS) Congress 2022.

This will be the first time the biennial congress will be held in Malaysia, and around 1,200 delegates are expected to attend.

An orangutan in Matang Wildlife Centre, Sarawak, pictured

The bid presentation, held in Nairobi during the IPS Congress 2018, was led by the Malaysian Primatological Society, with support from both the Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau and Sarawak Convention Bureau.

In addition, Place Borneo has been appointed as the PCO while Borneo Convention Center Kuching will be the event venue.

Mona Abdul Manap, Place Borneo’s managing director, told TTGmice on the sidelines of the Business Events Forum by The Malaysian Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers: “Our immediate task is to coordinate with co-hosts Sarawak Forestry Corporation and Malaysian Primatological Society to research projects on primatology in Sarawak and Malaysia. These findings will then be presented during the congress in 2022.”

She added that they will also start marketing the 2022 congress in 2019, in addition to the Ecuador congress happening in 2020, to members of the International Primatological Society who are located worldwide.

This is the second time the Malaysian Primatological Society has made a bid for the congress.

According to Mona, Sarawak’s appeal lay in its proximity to Sabah and Indonesia, where there are primates living in the wild, as well as conservation centres which makes it convenient to hold congress training trips as a pre- or post event.

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