ERA members have been appointed as consultants to various government agencies of some ASEAN countries.
ERA members have been commissioned by UN bodies to conduct economic surveys and human resource development in Asian and African countries.
ERA has conducted seminars on value creation, innovation, supply chain management, quality management systems, and market promotion at various trade associations of ASEAN countries.
The 2015 was a year of great growth in terms of membership and expansion of activities that provide the impetus for ERA to move into 2016 and beyond with new vigor, energy and vision.
In 2015 we successfully recruited a total of 64 new members, surprising the 60 we recruited in the previous 3 years (2012-2014).
Also in 2015, under the leadership of our President, Datin Paduka Yong Dai Ying, and guided by our ERA ADVISER, Tan Sri Data’ Soong Siew Hoong, we established new initiatives / groups / biz units that will be the major thrusts in 2016 and beyond.
The Biomass Focus Group (BFC) headed by Mr. Tan Kim Hai. The primary objective of BFG is to promote the business opportunities in the palm oil and Biomass downstream value-added products and related services. To achieve the objective, it focuses on conducting road shows in various states and countries to publicize and promote the value-added downstream industries from palm oil.
The Urban, Rooftop & Vertical Farming Association (URVFA) was formed in 2015 with Mr. Jeff Kong as the President. URVFA is a non-profit organization. Its objective is to assist urban communities to set up farm gardens in residential and commercial areas.
A Training, Advisory and Consultancy Committee (TAC) formed in 2016 to provide and coordinate practical training courses and consultancy / advisory services.
ERA joined MSPC (Malaysian Service Providers Confederation) in 2015. It opens up opportunities for ERA members in providing services to SMEs under its umbrella.
Events & Field Visits: Beginning in 2015 such activities were undertaken a regular basis, under the leadership of Mr. Andy Oh and assisted by Peter Lee. For factory visits we get to hear about their business models, challenges, their operations and best of all learning from their success stories. The benefits to members are fellowship and networking.
In early 2016 ERA set up an ERA Foundation Fund to receive donations from ERA members. For a start it now has RM4,000. The ultimate objective is to officially register it as an ERA Foundation when the fund snowballs to a larger sum.