On the 30th of November 2023, the Traders Club Lounge Meeting Room on Level 32 of Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur witnessed the second edition of the ACEM-CNAEC Meeting. This meeting served as a pivotal moment for professionals in the engineering field, fostering collaboration and understanding between the Association of Consulting Engineers Malaysia (ACEM) and the China National Association of Engineering Consultants (CNAEC).

The event commenced with a warm welcome and introduction by Ir. Chong Chew Fan, ACEM President, who set the tone for the day’s discussions. In his Welcome Remarks, Ir. Chong Chew Fan extended greetings to the CNAEC delegates and provided a brief introduction to the ACEM representatives present. Following suit, Mr. Wu Lei, Vice Secretary General of CNAEC, welcomed the ACEM delegation and introduced the CNAEC delegates. His opening remarks underscored the significance of such collaborative efforts in strengthening ties between engineering professionals from different regions.

The meeting then delved into a session of introductions, where Ir. Chong Chew Fan provided a brief overview of ACEM, highlighting its mission and the roles of council members. This served as an insightful introduction for the CNAEC delegates to better understand the structure and objectives of ACEM. Mr. Wu Lei reciprocated with a concise presentation on CNAEC, introducing its members and shedding light on the organization’s key initiatives and focus areas. This exchange of introductions set the stage for a more profound understanding of the similarities and differences in the practices of consulting engineers between Malaysia and China. The subsequent segment of the meeting featured presentations by CNAEC members, offering a diverse range of perspectives and insights from the Chinese engineering industry. This exchange of knowledge provided a valuable opportunity for professionals on both sides to learn from each other’s experiences and approaches. An open discussion followed, allowing for a free-flowing exchange of ideas and addressing common challenges faced by consulting engineers in the dynamic and evolving field. The collaborative spirit in the room underscored the commitment of both associations to mutual growth and advancement in the engineering profession.

The meeting concluded on a positive note with a group photograph, symbolizing the unity and camaraderie built during this gathering. The second ACEM-CNAEC Meeting proved to be an invaluable platform for building bridges, fostering international understanding, and promoting excellence in the consulting engineering sector. As the engineering community continues to face global challenges, such initiatives contribute to a stronger and more interconnected future for the profession.

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