Welcome Message from the LOC Chairman
As Chairman of the Local Organising Committee, I would like to extend a warm welcome to you all to Hong Kong on the occasion of the 2012 FDI Annual World Dental Congress. My colleagues and I are especially honoured to be hosting the 100th edition of this prestigious event.
Hong Kong is a world-renowned centre of business and commerce and a Special Administrative Region ofthe People's Republic of China. Being international and cosmopolitan, the city offers an infinite variety of things to see and do in a unique fusion of Eastern and Western heritage and culture.
Hong Kong has always been keepingup with advancing technologies indental practice in order to meet the constantly evolving needs and demandsof the community. As the representative body of Hong Kong dental profession, the Hong Kong Dental Association has been taking a proactive role in promoting oral health in collaboration with FDI World Dental Federation and local government, as well as establishing an exchange network with our Mainland colleagues and neighbouring countries or places over the years. With concerted effort and support, we are delighted to see that significant achievements have been made. We are honoured to be part of the growth of the dental development.
The 2012 FDI AWDC provides all dental colleagues worldwidewith a vibrant platform to update dental knowledge, explore new advances in dental technology and foster closer ties.Numerous eminent speakers have been invited to share their expertise with our congress participants. It will open our eyes and broaden our minds in unlimited ways. Please join us and do take full advantage of the Congress.
Dr Sigmund Leung
Chairman, Local Organising Committee
President, Hong Kong Dental Association
Welcome Message from the FDI President
2012 is a very special year in the history of the FDI Annual World Dental Congress: it will be celebrating its one hundredth anniversary! Great care has been lavished on an exceptional scientific programme that addresses the major themes and concerns of dental practitioners today presented by some of the world's leading clinicians and experts in the field.
The 2012 AWDC will serve to highlight future trends within dental medicine and firmly place it within the context of public health policy and strategies for noncommunicable diseases, and the imperative of linking oral health with general health.
The FDI Annual World Dental Congress is unique in also featuring the business and policy meeting of nearly 140 National dental Associations, gathered in one place at one time to decide on global policy for the profession, share ideas and together identify ways to fulfil the FDI vision of ‘Leading the world to optimal oral health'.
I would like to join my voice to that of my colleagues in the Local Organizing Committee in welcoming you to the 2012 FDI Annual World Dental Congress.
Dr Orlando Monteiro da Silva