Regionalisation and Geo-economics: Making Regional Economic Integration Succeed: Challenges & Opportunities

The World Chinese Economic Summit (WCES) is a premier international event which started off as the World Chinese Economic Forum (WCEF) 9 years ago. It is a flagship event created by The Asian Strategy & Leadership Institute (ASLI) to enhance connectivity and business linkages between China and Southeast Asia and China and Europe in line with the Chinese leadership's Belt and Road initiatives.

The annual World Chinese Economic Forum (WCEF) has officially been renamed the World Chinese Economic Summit (WCES) in 2007. Since 2008, WCES has been a leading worldclass economic summit, committed to promoting China's importance to the global economic community, as well as connecting China to Southeast Asia and the global China diaspora. WCES is a high-level platform for business, trade facilitation and government to build new partnerships.

The founders of WCES, Tan Sri Michael Yeoh and Tan Sri Lee Kim Yew envisioned its purpose to create a platform for overseas Chinese to connect with the Middle Kingdom. In doing so, they wanted to gather leaders from the Chinese diaspora, as well as political, economic, cultural, education and the scientific sectors, with the strategic aim of romoting the values of the Chinese civilisation.

It also brings together the global Chinese Diaspora and promotes entrepreneurship and innovation through business networking and sharing of knowledge and best practices.

Over the past 8 years, the WCES had been held in Malaysia, China, Australia and United Kingdom. WCES is an internationally recognized high-level platform for business, trade facilitation and investment to build new partnerships.

Panel Discussion
Group Photo of the China Daily Session.
Dr. YAN Lijin, President, Centre for Law and Globalization; Co-Chairman, China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Council; Chairman, Silk Road International Foundation
Dr. WANG Haifeng, Director, International Trade and Investment, Institute for International Economic Research, National Development and Reform Commission
Mr. Andrew WEIR, Chairman, Pacific Basin Economic Council; Regional Managing Partner, KPMG
Prof. Denis GALLIGAN, Director, OBOR Institute, University of Oxford
Mr. Jose Luis U. YULO, Jr., President, Chamber of Commerce of the Philippine Islands
Dr. Meruert MAKHMUTOVA, Director, Public Policy Research Center, Republic of Kazakhstan
Ambassador Delia ALBERT, Former Foreign Secretary, Republic of the Philippines
Mr. Bundit LIMSCHOON, Secretary-General, Asia Cooperation Dialogue
Mr. Ataur RAHMAN, Secretary-General, International Chamber of Commerce Bangladesh
Dr. GUO Wanda, Executive Vice President, China Development Institute
Mrs. Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of the HKSAR, giving a keynote speech.
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