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29 Aug, 2017

Malaysia wins bid to host World Congress of Surgery 2021

KUALA LUMPUR, 18 August 2017,  (Bernama) — The International Society of Surgery (ISS) has announced that Malaysia will play host to the 49th World Congress of Surgery (WCS) in 2021. The announcement was made by ISS at the 47th WCS General Assembly, which is currently being held in Basel, Switzerland. The Malaysian delegations to this assembly were led by Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdulla, Director General of Health.

The WCS is an international flagship for the profession of surgery worldwide. It is a convention of intellectual discourse held every two years by the International Surgical Society (ISS) in collaboration with its integrated societies, participating societies and national societies of the host country. The congress serves as a platform for all surgical sub-specialties to convene and enhance a mutual camaraderie and exchange innovative ideas, techniques and knowledge. Malaysia has long been an active member this world renowned society.

The successful bidding team was led by the Director General of Health Malaysia and the President of the College of Surgeons Academy of Medicine Malaysia, with strong support from the Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), the Honorary Consulate and advisor to Malaysian tourism in Basel YBhg Datuk Jeffery Sandragesan, along with the universities, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) and the respective partners in the medical industries.

The WCS 2021 is expected to generate positive economic impact to the country and it will fully maximise Malaysia’s growth potential as an international hub for surgical training and education. It will also enhance Malaysia’s reputation in attracting the best surgical talents and expert, and cement its position as a leading destination for health tourism. The 5 day biannual congress is expected to draw over 3,000 participants from more than 100 countries.

A robust partnership between the public and private healthcare sector, in addition to extensive personal networking and professional relationships built over the years, were among the key factors that helped Malaysia win the bid. Malaysia offered the WCS the complete ‘ecosystem’ in hosting this prestigious meeting, highlighting the strong teamwork between all stakeholders.

The President of the College of Surgeons Academy of Medicine Malaysia, YBhg. Associate Professor Dato’ Dr Hanafiah Harunarashid said, “It is of great honour for the Nation and our surgical fraternity to be given this opportunity for the first time in our history. But let us not celebrate yet – the hard work is just about to begin. We must all come together to show the world that we are more than capable of hosting this prestigious meeting at the highest standards”.