MALAYSIA The 7th IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention 2013 (IAS 2013) will be hosted in Kuala Lumpur from June 30 to July 3 this year, a milestone for Malaysia as it gradually becomes the preferred destination for global health and medical conventions.

Hosted in Asia for the first time, the IAS Conference is the world’s largest open scientific conference on HIV and AIDS and will be attended by leading scientists, clinicians, public health experts and community leaders.

It is expected to bring more than 4000 delegates into Malaysia, and generate approximately RM55.8 million in economic impact for the country.

Healthcare has been identified in Malaysia’s progressive Economic Transformation Programme as a National Key Result Area, with the Malaysia Convention and Exhibition Bureau constantly pursuing and bidding for more medical meetings to be hosted in the country.

Medical meetings currently top the list of business events in Malaysia, with 15 per cent of International Congress & Conventions Associations (ICCA) events in the country being medical sciences events.

Malaysia hosted the 43rd Union World Conference on Lung Health last year, and hosted the 9th International Symposium on Antimicrobial Agents and Resistance (ISAAR 2013) and the Women Deliver 3rd Global Conference (WD 2013) this year.

Other medical events supported by MyCEB last year include 14th Congress of the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis 2012 and 14th Asia Pacific Congress of Pediatric & 4th Asia Pacific Congress of Pediatrics Nursing.