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ACBC (WA) Honorary Awards Program 2016

By: ACBC (WA)
26-10-2016

ACBC (WA) Honorary Awards Program 2016
 
The Australia China Business Council (WA) (ACBC (WA)) is pleased to announce the two recipients of the inaugural ACBC (WA) Honorary Awards Program. The ACBC (WA) Honorary Awards Program is an initiative of the ACBC (WA) Executive Committee and has been established to recognise outstanding and sustained service to ACBC (WA) and the Western Australia-China Relationship.  
 
This prestigious program was created because exceptional individuals that contribute to the Western Australia and China trade and investment relationship deserve to be recognised. 
 
The Honorary Award Programmed had two categories:
 
Category 1: Outstanding and sustained service to ACBC (WA)
This category recognises an individual resident (in Western Australia) who is an ACBC member (across any membership category or a retired member) who has significantly contributed to the development and achievement of the ACBC’s objectives in Western Australia.
 
Category 2: Outstanding and sustained service to the Western Australia–China Relationship
This category recognises an individual (member or non-member of ACBC (WA)) who has significantly contributed to advancing the important Western Australia-China relationship. This individual may or may not be a resident of Western Australia.
 
The recipients of the awards were announce and presented by the Hon. Dr. Mike Nahan, MLA, Treasurer; Minister for Energy; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests at the ACBC (WA) & CCCA (Perth) China National Day Celebrations held at Government House, Perth on 18 October 2016.
 
The two reciepients are:
 
Dr. Soon Chye Tan, under Category 1: Outstanding and sustained service to ACBC (WA)
 
Dr. Soon Chye Tan has been involved in ACBC for the past 15 years as an Executive Committee Member and also as a part of our Food & Agriculture Committee. Soon Chye is a postharvest specialist with 40 years experience in research & development, training & consultation for postharvest handling of horticultural produce. Soon Chye was the Principal Research Scientist and Trade Development Manager with the Department of Agriculture and Food WA, liaising closely with growers, exporters and transport companies promoting Western Australian agricultural, aquaculture and food products to China. Soon Chye retired from the Department of Agriculture & Food WA last December after 27 years of service.
 
Soon Chye’s work has been recognised by both the Western Australian Government and Chinese Government, he has received four friendship awards from China and an Excellence Award from the Department of Agriculture and Food, WA.
 
Over the years Soon Chye has been involved in ACBC WA, he has presented seminars on various potentials for agricultural cooperation both in China and Western Australia including presenting seminars to our Sister State, Zhejiang Province; linked in ACBC to the many Chinese trade and investment delegations that have come to Western Australia. He also played a key role in arranging visits from new Premiers of Western Australia to China and at all times he has joined with ACBC WA to promote potential cooperation in agriculture. 
 
Although he is now in “retirement” he is still actively involved in the ACBC Food & Agriculture Committee and has recently joined the Australia Natural Biotechnical Pty Ltd and continuously serving the Western Australian agribusiness sector and further developing the trade relationship and friendship between WA and China.
 
Ms Ngor Tan, under Category 1: Outstanding and sustained service to ACBC (WA)
 
Ngor Tan commenced her involvement with ACBC WA in 1996 when she joined the China Team at the Department of Commerce and Trade and has been an active member on the Executive Committee for over 10 years now. Ngor has also been involved in the Government Relations Committee, Investment Committee and Resources committee with ACBC WA over the years.
 
Ngor is the Manager of the China Desk for the Department of State Development and has played a vital role of connecting ACBC WA with the Western Australian Government over the years. Since 2011 Ngor has facilitated more than 250 Chinese inbound delegations to Western Australia and has involved ACBC WA in many of these delegation visits. 
 
Western Australia’s Sister State relationship with Zhejiang Province has blossomed and diversified under Ngor’s custodianship - In recent years Ngor has organised two-way collaboration and exchanges in health, education, policing, university research studies, agriculture and the arts with the Zhejiang Province, and due to this a number of Zhejiang investors have invested in Western Australia in various sectors.
Ngor has also played a major role in organising many of our state politician visits to China including current and previous Premiers of Western Australia.
 
Ngor is a current member of our Executive Committee and serves as a vital conduit between the State Government and ACBC WA. Ngor keeps ACBC WA updated with the States new policies, initiatives or events planned by the Government concerning China and likewise, keeps the State informed of ACBC WA’s plans and initiatives. 
 
Ngor continues to promote ACBC WA and continues to champion closer and deeper investment, trade and people to people relations between Western Australia and China. 
 
Congratulations to both Dr. Soon Chye Tan and Ngor Tan!
 
The Honorary Awards Program will run annually and ACBC (WA) will be announcing shortly when the next nomination period opens.
 
 
For more information on the Honorary Awards Program please do not hesitate to contact acbcwa@acbc.com.au
 

 

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