Sultanate to host World Cancer Congress, leaders’ summit in 2020

Muscat - 

For the first time in the Gulf, Oman will host the World Cancer Congress and the World Cancer Leaders’ Summit (WCLS).

Oman Cancer Association (OCA) and its partner National Oncology Centre will host more than 4,000 cancer control experts from over 140 countries at the World Cancer Congress and the World Cancer Leaders’ Summit in October 2020.

This was announced during a press conference at the OCA headquarters on Wednesday.

The chief guest for the day was Princess Dina Mired al Hussein of Jordan, a cancer survivor and a champion for the cause.

The two entities, along with their associates, the Oman Convention Bureau and the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre, won the bid for the 2020 Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) Congress and the 2020 WCLS in Muscat, over Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Dr Wahid al Kharusi, president OCA said, “The congress will be held in October 2020 and we are expecting more than 4,000 participants from across the world in the field of cancer prevention and control.

“This is also the first time that this event will be held in the Arab world and during this congress the president will be from the Arab world, Princess Dina. We dedicate this congress to all the people in the Arab world and we open our arms to all those involved in the field of cancer prevention, control and allied fields in the holistic approach for cancer control.”

Jessica Mathieu, director of events at UICC said, “This congress was awarded to Oman for various reasons and under 160 criteria including recognition of the work of Oman Cancer Association nationally, regionally and globally, especially its active work in the International Cancer Prevention Consortium, and the international recognition of the National Oncology Centre at The Royal Hospital.

“This will be a platform where experts, social workers, researchers will attend the event and discuss and exchange ideas to fight for the cause in a unified stand.”

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