Malaysia continues to prove its strength in hosting international medical congresses

29th Mar, 2016

Malaysia continues to make inroads into the medical meetings and healthcare arena with the current win bid of the 18th Congress of Asian Society for Vascular Surgery (ASVS 2017) taking place in Kuala Lumpur, from 1 – 4 November 2017,with the topic “Mentoring the Modern Vascular Surgeon”.

The win of this medical conference is a strong testament of Malaysia’s capability in medical, healthcare, research and education industry. Malaysia has been applaud as the strong contender of medical tourism and healthcare system, being ranked as the third best out of 24 countries by an American publication, the International Living in 2014.

Malaysia is no stranger to hosting international medical conferences. Kuala Lumpur has been the host city to the 2014 ASEAN Federation of Cardiology Congress (AFCC), HUGO Human Genome Meeting 2015, and most recently, 2015 Australian Society of Gynaecologic Oncologists Annual Scientific Meeting. This year, Malaysia will be hosting the Asian and Oceanian Congress of Neurology (18th – 21st August), Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) World Congress (26th – 28th September) and Congress of Asia Pacific Association of Allergy, Asthma, and Clinical Immunology (17th – 20th October).

The industry expert – made in Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur Convention CentreThe winning of bid for ASVS 2017 was initiated and spearheaded by one of the Kesatria 1Malaysia’s ambassador, Professor Dr. Hanafiah bin Harunarashid – a well-known consultant vascular and endovascular surgeon.

Professor Dr. Hanafiah bin Harunarashid was recently conferred as the first Malaysian and the youngest recipient to receive the prestigious International Surgical Award for 2015 at the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh, Scotland.

With the conferment of Professor Dr. Hanafiah, it is a strong testament for the country that Malaysia has the pool of experts and specialists in the medical and healthcare industry.

Since his appointment as the ambassador of Kesatria, Professor Dr. Hanafiah has played an instrumental role in winning bid for the hosting of the ASVS 2017 and generating leads for two international specialist medical conferences; the International Surgical Week (ISW) 2020 and Annual Meeting of the Asian Society for Cardiovascular Surgery (ASCVS 2018).

Kesatria 1malaysia Programme

The Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), an agency under the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia first launched the Kesatria 1Malaysia programme in 2012 to help develop the business tourism industry, which is one of Malaysia’s key economic growth sectors as identified by the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) roadmap.

The most significant aspect of this initiative is to get the attention of the global decision makers and to convince them of Malaysia’s capabilities to host international conferences in this competitive global association market. To date, through Kesatria programme, Malaysia has successfully secured 29 international conventions attracting 49,000 delegates and generating an economic impact of RM 467 million.

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