Malaysia continues to make inroads into the medi- cal meetings and healthcare arena with the win- ning bid for the 18th Congress of Asian Society
for Vascular Surgery (ASVS 2017), taking place in Kuala
Lumpur, 1-4 November, 2017, with the topic “Mentoring
the Modern Vascular Surgeon.”
The win of this medical conference is a strong testa-
ment of Malaysia’s capability in the medical, healthcare,
research and education industries. Malaysia has been
applauded as a strong contender of medical tourism and
the healthcare system, being ranked as the third-best out
of 24 countries by an American publication, International
Living, in 2014.
Malaysia is no stranger to hosting international
medical conferences. Kuala Lumpur has been the host city
for the 2014 ASEAN Federation of Cardiology Congress
(AFCC), HUGO Human Genome Meeting 2015 and, most
recently, 2015 Australian Society of Gynaecologic Oncol-ogists Annual Scienti;ic Meeting. This year, Malaysia will
be hosting the Asian and Oceanian Congress of Neurology
( 18-21 August), Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR)
World Congress ( 26-28 September) and Congress of Asia
Paci;ic Association of Allergy, Asthma and Clinical Immunology ( 17-20 October).
THE INDUSTRY EXPERT - MADE IN MALAYSIA
The winning of bid for ASVS 2017 was initiated and spearheaded by one of the Kesatria 1Malaysia’s ambassador,
Professor Dr. Hana;iah bin Harunarashid—a well-known
consultant vascular and endovascular surgeon.
Professor Dr. Hana;iah bin Harunarashid was recently
conferred as the ;irst Malaysian and the youngest
recipient to receive the prestigious International Surgical
Award for 2015 at the Royal College of Surgeons Edin-
With the conferment of Professor Dr. Hana;iah, 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. Hana;iah has played an instrumental role
in the 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 the 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, ;irst 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 identi;ied by the Economic Transformation
Programme (ETP) roadmap.
The most signi;icant 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