Welcome

GREETING FROM PRESIDENT OF APAGE
Dear Colleagues,
With the great pleasure, I hereby would like to offer a warm welcome to all the participants to the 19th APAGE Annual Congress hosted by IGES in Surabaya, Indonesia from 8th November till 11th November 2018.

Taking this chance, we deeply appreciate the local Organising Committee IGES for their effort toward this APAGE 2018 Annual Congress. Furthermore, I would like to express heartfelt appreciation to those who have devoted, supported and assisted APAGE continuously over the years. Looking to the future, APAGE is always glad to collaborate with medical societies in the Asia-Pacific region, holding workshops and conferences to advance the development, knowledge and techniques in gynecological endoscopy and minimally invasive therapy in our region.

The Congress is a unique and excellent opportunity to learn and to share innovative ideas and experiences with colleagues from all over the world. Wherever you work, take this opportunity to break away from your daily routine in order to discover new approaches and to get acquainted with the scientific sessions that will inspire you. Most of all, please take this opportunity to network and to return home with new knowledge, insight and motivation for your workplace and colleagues.

I believed that this congress will be a highly rewarding educational opportunity. Come and share in our exciting scientific programme and activities in Indonesia.

Sincerely yours,
Masaaki Andou, M.D., Ph.D.

GREETING FROM CHAIRMAN OF BOARD OF TRUSTEES, APAGE
Dear Colleagues and friends,
It is my great honour to welcome all of you to the 19th APAGE Annual Congress in conjunction with the 7th IGES National Congress in Surabaya, Indonesia. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to organising committee IGES and its chairman, Prof. Wachyu Hadisaputra for their excellent organisation.

The mission of APAGE is to promote endoscopic techniques, knowledge and educational exchange between hospitals and countries among Asia-Pacific region. Last year, we held three workshops, two in Shanghai, one in Thailand which is our 1st NOTES workshop with live hands-on course, five regional meetings in China, three regional congresses in Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia and several endorsed meetings all over the world. APAGE have achieved a great success as we received very positive feedback and reviews. We expect more academic conference and look forward to your participation.

The Congress will bring together experts from all over the world to exchange skills and ideas, also to learn from each other. Besides, to earned recognition for their outstanding performance. It is an exceptional opportunity to keep up to date on the latest development in gynecologic endoscopy.

I hope that this year’s conference will challenge and inspire you, also rewards of new knowledge, collaborations, and friendships.

Best regards,

Chyi-Long Lee, M.D., Ph.D.

GREETING FROM APAGE PRESIDENT ELECT
Dear Colleagues and friends

The 19th APAGE Annual Congress in conjunction with The 7th National Meeting of Indonesian Gynecological Endoscopy Society (IGES).

It is really an honor for us to host a magnificent event with distinguished faculties. We will provide you the best scientific discussions, and the hospitality of Surabaya. The scientific program will comprehensively provide a forum for intellectual discussions on new, exciting and controversial issues in Gynecologic Minimal Invasive Surgery.

Let us serve you with our hospitality and beautiful culture to get the experience from the magnificent congress. Once again, we would like to say " Come to Surabaya and Feel the Beat of the City”.

With our sincere regards,
Wachyu Hadisaputra

GREETING FROM CHAIRMAN
Dear Colleagues,

Let us thank God for the blessings, guidance, and the good health. It is a great pleasure to welcome you all to The 19th APAGE Annual Congress to be held in conjunction with 7th National Meeting of Indonesian Gynecological Endoscopy Society (IGES).

As a General Chairman of this congress, it is a great pleasure for us to provide presentations from world class endoscopists from all over the world, as well as in workshops conducted by experts in their fields.
Surabaya – the capital of the province of East Java – is Indonesia’s second largest city w ith a population of over 2.7 million. To Indonesians, it is known as ‘the city of heroes’ due to the importance of the Battle of Surabaya during the independence war period.

Surabaya now enjoys the reputation as being the cleanest city in Indonesia, equipped with every modern facility and offering a standard of accommodation to suit every taste and budget. Places of interest for the tourists include Kalimas harbor and Kampung Arab in the old tow n, The Mpu Tantular Museum, and the Surabaya Zoo – the largest zoo in South East Asia.

Hopefully, this congress will provide favorable occasion for valuable discussion on techniques, innovations, minimally invasive approaches, surgical skill, instrumentation and technology in surgery.
We are looking forward to see you in Surabaya.

Yours Sincerely,
Relly Y Primariawan