EXCLUDING the host country Malaysia, Chinese entrepreneurs from 20 countries are expected at the 7th World Chinese Entrepreneurs Convention (7th WCEC) next week.
The response to the event has exceeded the expectations of its organiser, The Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce & Industry of Malaysia (ACCCIM), which had initially feared the recent Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome outbreak would result in those who had registered earlier, withdrawing from the convention.
A total of 3,000 plus participants will attend the four-day 7th WCEC at the Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre next week.
The ACCCIM said all participants who had registered had confirmed their attendance. Due to the overwhelming response, it had to turn away some local businessmen who had waited too late to enrol.
Chinese entrepreneurs from Asia, Britain, France, Canada, Germany, Italy, Australia and Mauritius will gather to discuss and debate current pressing economic issues such as the K-economy, globalisation, and the roles and contributions of Chinese enterprises in the world economy.
Held once every two years, the WCEC provides a platform for strengthening international cooperation and networking of ethnic Chinese entrepreneurs from various nations and regions, so as to foster global linkages in trade and investment for the economic growth and prosperity of all nationalities.
It also provides a forum for the meeting of minds and sharing of experience and expertise among business leaders in all spheres.
Malaysia aims to use the convention to promote its international status and image, as well as to attract foreign direct investment. In the interim, it will be used to promote the country as a gateway for Chinese entrepreneurs to gain access into different parts of the world market.
The convention will also strive to spur the local Chinese business community to establish closer cooperation and to strengthen business networking with ethnic Chinese entrepreneurs and other nationalities globally.