MALAYSIA is the official host of the ITA-AITES World Tunnel Congress 2020 and 46th General Assembly.
The handover of the ITA-AITES flag at the recently concluded World Tunnel Congress (WTC) 2019 in Naples, Italy, was confirmation of this.
Malaysia had beat two other contenders, India and Australia, and gained the backing of 52 member nations at the ITA-AITES 44th General Assembly in Bergen, Norway in 2017, to win the honour.
WTC is held annually in conjunction with the general assembly of the ITA-AITES (International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association).
The congress seeks to promote the use of tunnels and underground space through knowledge-sharing and application of technology while the general assembly gathers all member nations to deliberate affairs of the association.
Malaysia will host WTC 2020 under the aegis of The Institution of Engineers Malaysia, with the theme “Innovation and Sustainable Underground Serving Global Connectivity” to reflect the urgent need of the times to innovate towards sustainable developments.
WTC2020 organising chairman Dr Ooi Teik Aun said the congress would be inspired by the flurry of tunnelling progress and successes that Malaysia has achieved in the past decades.
“From our mega dam projects to road systems and transportation, Malaysia has much to offer in terms of tunnelling knowledge and innovation,” he said.
The highlights of the congress would be the presentation of technical papers and e-posters, tunnelling training courses and an exhibition on the best and latest in the tunnelling scene.
The itinerary also includes technical visits to completed and ongoing tunnelling projects in Malaysia.
WTC 2020 will be held from May 15 to 21, 2020 at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, with an expected participation of over 2,000 and more than 200 exhibition booths.
Founded in 1974, ITA-AITES is the leading international organisation promoting the use of tunnels and underground space through knowledge-sharing and application of technology.
At present, it has 78 member nations and over 300 corporate or individual affiliate members.
The Institution of Engineers Malaysia, a governing body that seeks to promote the advancement of science and engineering in the country, was endorsed as the 50th member nation of ITA-AITES at the general assembly held in Durban in May 2000.