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Teaming up to attract more regional and international events to Malaysia

(From left) Ms Annie Tay, the Centre’s Head of Convention Sales; Mr Ravindran Sathiamoorthy, the Centre’s Director of Sales; Mr John Burke, the Centre’s Deputy General Manager; Dr Pauzi Abdullah, Chair, IEEE Malaysia Section; Dr Fawnizu Azmadi Hussin, Past Chair, IEEE Malaysia Section; and Dr Nordin Ramli, Chair Elect/Vice Chair, IEEE Malaysia Section.

The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) collaborate to help develop Malaysia’s technology sector.

KUALA LUMPUR – The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (the Centre) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Malaysia Section have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) sealing a four-year partnership to work closely as bidding partners to attract more regional and international IEEE meetings and conferences to Malaysia.

By bringing these regional and international conferences to Kuala Lumpur, it will enable IEEE members in Malaysia, as well as in Asia Pacific region, a better opportunity to attend and participate in these knowledge exchange platforms to discuss the latest and best practices, ideas, innovations and advancements in the electrical and computer sciences, engineering, and related disciplines.

These events will also provide Malaysians direct access and networking opportunities with some of the world’s best engineers, scientists and allied professionals in these fields, which will contribute to the growth and development of the local electrical and electronics sector that is a key driver of the country’s economy.

IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organisation dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. IEEE and its members inspire a global community through its highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities.

According to the Centre’s Deputy General Manager, John Burke, “We are very excited to be unveiling this new partnership with the IEEE Malaysia section, a long-standing recurrent client, to collaborate and assist them in attracting their regional and international events to the country. This MOU will help raise Malaysia’s profile globally and showcase the country’s attractive business events proposition. We also hope that this partnership will assist the IEEE Malaysia Section and its chapters in advancing technology and creating a legacy for society, the community and the world as a whole.”

Speaking about the partnership, Associate Professor Ir. Dr. Pauzi Abdullah, Chair, IEEE Malaysia Section, shared, “As the world’s largest technical professional organisation, we aim to foster technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. IEEE sponsors more than 1,800 annual conferences and events worldwide, curating cutting-edge content for all of the technical fields of interest within IEEE. We look forward to working closely with the Centre’s team to bring some of these conferences and events to its world-class venue, and in the process give more Malaysians the opportunity to participate and learn from international experts in these fields.”

The MOU serves to enhance the collaboration between the Centre and IEEE Malaysia Section, and includes the hosting of IEEE Malaysia Section’s AGMs, attractive meetings packages customised for IEEE and a client incentive fund and bid support to help to attract regional and international conferences. In order to enhance the bids, the Centre is also offering a Conventions Value-Add Programme worth RM100,000 for any regional and international conferences held at the Centre, as well as its Cultural Showcase, which provides a snapshot of the country’s rich and diverse cultural heritage through nine unique and interactive activities.

There are over 400,000 IEEE members in over 160 countries, more than 60% of whom are from outside the United States. IEEE members are engineers, scientists, and allied professionals whose technical interests are rooted in electrical and computer sciences, engineering, and related disciplines. IEEE also publishes nearly a third of the world’s technical literature in electrical engineering, computer science, and electronics. This includes approximately 200 transactions, journals, and magazines published annually.

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