PETALING JAYA - After 46 years in Geneva, the World Scout Bureau Central Office (WSB-CO) will relocate to Kuala Lumpur.
"This is a proud moment for us," said Assistant National Chief Scout Commissioner Zakran Abdul Manan. "The presence of the main operations here would be a boost to tourism as well," he said.
"During international scout meetings throughout the year many delegates, representatives and scouts from around the world will be visiting Malaysia, generating about RM15 million (S$5.82 million) in tourist revenue," he pointed out.
Kuala Lumpur began lobbying to have the central office relocated here in 2008.
There was stiff competition from Singapore, Paris, London, Dubai and Bangkok.
"The main reason for the move here is because of the lower cost," said Zakran.
"We will now have to buckle-up to raise our image (of the scout movement)."
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak will be present at the opening ceremony at the Menara Vista Sentral in Brickfields on Wednesday.
The Scouts Association of Malaysia has about 61,000 registered members to date.
The Secretariat for the World Organisation of the Scout Movement acts as the main body for scouts around the world, assisting in various organisational functions and the WSB-CO is the administrative body of the movement.
There are six regional offices in Egypt, Kenya, Panama, Geneva, Manila and Ukraine besides the central office which all regional offices report to.
It has 162 member countries and about 36 million registered members.