3,000 businessmen to attend meet

  • Business
  • Saturday, 26 Jul 2003

By Pauline Ng

MORE than 3000 Chinese entrepreneurs will be arriving in Kuala Lumpur over the weekend for the 7th World Chinese Entrepreneurs Convention (7th WCEC) to be held at the Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre. 

Representatives from China's provincial chambers of commerce and industry, as well as officials from corporations such as Taching Petroleum Co Ltd, Phoenix Satellite Television Co Ltd, Goldlion Holdings Ltd, Canada Land Ltd, Chaoyang Tianma Industrial Co, Shanghai Pudong Chuangye Investment Co, Sun Wah Group, and United Overseas Bank Ltd, will meet to network and share their experiences during the four-day convention, which begins with a cocktail reception on Sunday.  

The participants from China, comprising a third of the total number, will join other Chinese entrepreneurs from Britain, France, Canada, Germany, Italy, Australia and Mauritius to discuss and debate current pressing economic issues such as the K-economy, globalisation, and the roles and contributions of Chinese enterprise in the world economy. 

Many corporate leaders from Malaysia are also expected to attend the convention, which is being hosted by the country for the first time. 

Eminent speakers and panellists include Huang Mengfu, vice-chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference cum chairman of All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce, and Long Yongtu, China's chief World Trade Organisation negotiator. 

Other overseas speakers are the chief executives of Hong Kong's Phoenix Satellite Television and the Hong Kong Airport Authority, Liu Changle and David J. Pang respectively, and Hong Kong vice-chairman of the Chinese General Chamber of Commerce, Dr Philip Wong. 

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad will deliver the keynote address on the opening day and participants will have the opportunity to engage him in a dialogue session after that.  

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has agreed to grace the gala dinner on Monday as guest of honour, while International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Rafidah Aziz is slated to speak at a special pre-luncheon address on the same day. 

Guests of honour for the closing ceremony on Wednesday are MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting, Gerakan president Datuk Seri Lim Keng Yaik, and SUPP deputy president Datuk Seri Law Hieng Ding. 

The Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce & Industry of Malaysia (ACCCIM), the convention organiser, said a media centre would be set up at the hotel and equipped with 60 PCs and a few scanners to cater to the media's needs. 

A number of foreign media groups have registered to cover the convention, with China Central Television or CCTV, one of the 20 foreign media groups attending. 

The WCEC was initiated by the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in 1991, and co-launched by the Chinese Chambers of Commerce of Singapore, Hong Kong, and Thailand as a world convention based on the original regional Chinese entrepreneurs' interaction forum. 

The main objective of the WCEC is to provide a platform for the promotion of a global economy, science and technology, and cultural cooperation and interaction between Chinese entrepreneurs. 

Since its inception in 1991 in Singapore, the biennial convention has been successfully held in Hong Kong (1993), Thailand (1995), Canada (1997), Australia (1999), and China (2001). 

Owing to the extensive support given by the governments of the host countries and participation by Chinese entrepreneurs from all over the world, the convention has gained the status of an international event. 

The Star is the official English media sponsor of the event. 

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