THE Malaysia chapter of the University of New South Wales Alumni Association will hold a one-day KL International CEO Forum: Is Big Always Better in a Globalised World? featuring several distinguished speakers at JW Marriott Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, on June 1.
Chapter president Datuk David Koh said the forum would enable local businessmen and entrepreneurs to exchange ideas and avoid the pitfalls of globalisation.
There are many aspects to be considered when going beyond the traditional boundaries.
Will smaller companies succumb to the sheer size of the big multinational companies or will size ever become a factor in ensuring global success, he said in an interview in Petaling Jaya.
Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Mustapa Mohamed will deliver an opening address.
The forum will feature renowned Australian professor Robert McLean, who is the dean and director of the Australian Graduate School of Management at the University of New South Wales.
The forum will also include a panel discussion which enables participants to exchange and share views on globalisation.
There will be a panel discussion moderated by the university's deputy vice-chancellor (international) John Ingleson, with participation from Citibank Bhd chief executive officer Piyush Gupta, IBM Malaysia managing director Voon Seng Chuan, DHL Malaysia country manager Charles Brewer and Leighton Asia Ltd managing director David Savage.
Koh said the chapter expected more than 300 chief executive officers, senior managers, company directors, senior government officers, professionals and consultants, academicians and business analysts to attend the forum.
Chapter secretary Low Chee Yin said many alumni associations in Malaysia were interested in organising gatherings for their members to talk about the good old days at the varsity.
We want to set a new direction for alumni associations in Malaysia by organising events that can help businesses and the country's development, he said.
Low said the forum was timely as the theme coincided with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's call for businessmen and entrepreneurs to take the lead in developing the economy in view of foreign challenges.
The chapter's treasurer Wooi Tan said besides focusing at their core competencies, local businessmen should also look at gradually moving up in the value chain to compete globally.
Malaysian manufacturers who were already good as original equipment manufacturers should strive to move up and become original design manufacturers, he said, adding that Malaysia's service industry could be further developed as it had not reached its full potential.
The forum is supported by Austrade, the Australian High Commission, Malaysia Australia Business Council, Malaysian Australian Alumni Council, TEC Asia Centre and The Star.
Participants are charged RM980 per person. Further information is available from the secretariat at tel: 03-7728 5554 or 012-3072286.
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