KUALA LUMPUR: The city will play host to the worlds single largest gathering of Chinese businessmen when the World Chinese Entrepreneurs Convention (WCEC) is held here on the July 27.
The convention, which attracts participants from 87 countries, marks yet another feather in the cap of Kuala Lumpur as an international exhibition and conference centre.
WCEC sub-committee chairman Datuk David Chua said the biennial convention, the seventh since 1991, would further raise the profile of Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia in the eyes of the world.
The event has grown in significance since it was first held in Singapore because of the globalisation of world trade and the emergence of China as a world economic power, he said at a luncheon to promote the convention at the Federal Hotel here yesterday.
Chua said the WCEC could give the local tourism sector a boost.
The WCEC, he said, provided Chinese businessmen from around the world an opportunity to network and explore business opportunities.
He added that about 2,000 participants were expected to attend the convention, with about half coming from China.
We have confirmed participants from England to Ethiopia, he said.
Chua said the theme was Unity and Integrity for Global Growth and Prosperity and that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad would deliver the keynote address and hold a dialogue session with the participants on the second day of the convention.
The event (Dr Mahathirs speech and dialogue) is expected to be televised live by the Phoenix satellite network, he added.
He said Prof Yang Fujia of Nottingham University and Prof Wang Gungwu of the National University of Singapore would also attend the convention.