The 16th World Chinese Entrepreneurs Convention (WCEC) is set to take place in Bangkok in June, with over 4,000 Chinese business leaders expected to attend.

The event, which is being organized by the Thai-Chinese Chamber of Commerce, will be held at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre from June 24 to 26. Founding members of the WCEC, including Thailand, Singapore, and Hong Kong, take turns hosting the meeting every two years.

However, this year’s meeting, which was originally scheduled to be held in Malaysia in 2021, had to be canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

A forum for overseas Chinese entrepreneurs

Although Chinese entrepreneurs are well-known for being hard-working and energetic, there had never been an attempt to bring them together under one platform. The World Chinese Entrepreneurs Convention (WCEC) was first conceptualised and organised by the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry to provide a forum for overseas Chinese entrepreneurs to enhance economic cooperation and promote better understanding among overseas Chinese entrepreneurs and business communities worldwide. Being apolitical in nature, its mission is to focus on economic and cultural issues pertaining to Chinese entrepreneurship.

Narongsak Putthapornmongkol, the President of the Thai-Chinese Chamber of Commerce, stated that the gathering is expected to help expedite the country’s recovery from the pandemic and promote Thailand among Chinese businesses worldwide.

He added that a reception will be organized on June 24 to welcome attendees, with popular Thai dishes being served to guests. Dhanin Chearavanont, the Senior Chairman of the Charoen Pokphand (CP) Group, will also be invited to speak at the meeting.

According to Thai-Chinese Chamber of Commerce Advisor Lin Wei, guests will include Chinese nationals and members of civic and governmental groups from nations worldwide.

The WCEC is an important biennial event for Chinese entrepreneurs around the globe, aimed at establishing an economic network linking Chinese entrepreneurs worldwide. The three Founder Members of the Convention are, namely, Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry, The Chinese General Chamber of Commerce (HK) and Thai-Chinese Chamber of Commerce. They will handle all matters related to the Convention when it is not in session.

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