Mauritius hosts 3rd World Chinese Conference from 6 to 9 September
The third edition of the World Chinese Conference will be held from 6 to 9 September 2012 at the Grand Baie International Conference Centre. The event is organised by the Federation of Chinese Societies in collaboration with the Ministry of Arts and Culture. The objective of the Conference is to promote cultural exchanges, cooperation and development among members of the Chinese Diaspora. The theme is: The role of the Chinese Diaspora in the shaping of the modern world.
Some 800 participants from Mauritius and across the world, including representatives of China Provincial governments, Chinese chambers of commerce and Chinese associations from all over the globe as well as business executives, academics and cultural officials will attend the Conference. Foreign delegates will be from China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore South Africa, Swaziland, Namibia, Malawi, Ethiopia, Ivory Coast, Botswana, Réunion Island and Seychelles.
Participants will have the opportunity to discuss the roles and contributions of the Chinese organisations and Chinese people towards future development under the new global order. Topics of discussion will include spread of Chinese language in the word today; One China Policy and Overseas Chinese in Africa; and Diaspora and the local cultures.
A Business Forum is also scheduled during the Conference and aims at better positioning Mauritius as an investment and tourist destination. The Forum will focus on Mauritius as a gateway to Africa for Chinese investment and on the various business opportunities in local clusters such as finance and offshore, economy and trade, tourism and education. The Vice-Prime Minister, Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr. Xavier-Luc Duval; the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, Dr Arvin Boolell; the Minister of Tourism and Leisure, Mr. Michael Sik Yuen; the Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr. Mookhesswur Choonee; and the President of the Chinese General Chamber of Commerce in Africa, Mr. Wang Longshui, will be among the main speakers.
The third edition of the World Chinese Conference coincides with the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations of Mauritius with the People’s Republic of China and the centenary anniversary of the foundation of the Chinese Middle School. The Chinese Middle School was founded on 10 November 1912 in a bid to promote Chinese language and to foster Chinese culture among the Chinese descendants in Mauritius. Within that context, several activities will be held namely the inauguration of the first phase of the Chinese Culture House in Baie du Tombeau, photo exhibitions, cultural shows, a forum on Chinese education and culture and a trade fair.
The first edition of the World Chinese Conference in Mauritius was held in April 1992 with the objectives of promoting Chinese culture, heritage and language around the world and strengthening the economic and cultural relations of Mauritius with the Chinese Diaspora. Mauritius hosted the second Conference in September 2002.
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