自 19 世纪末期，华人纷纷离开中国大陆以来，目前华人几乎已遍布世界的各个角落，他们大多数在侨居地建立小规模商业，其中有些华商的业务已扩大或已多元化，有些更成为商业王国，拥有跨国的产业。
世界华商大会由新加坡中华总商会倡议，大会的三大召集人组织包括：新加坡中华总商会 丶香港中华总商会 丶泰国中华总商会。大会秘书处由以上3个召集人组织轮流担任，毎六年一轮，旨在处理华商大会休会期间关於大会的一切事宜。从2011年10月到2017年10月期间，世界华商大会秘书处的工作由泰国中华总商会担任。
毎两年一度的世界华商大会至今已举办了14 届，每届均各有其特色，已成为全球华商之盛事。第15 届世界华商大会将由英国华总商会作为大会的主办机构，于2019 年在英国伦敦举行。
Ever since the end of the 19th century ,there had been a widespread emigration of Chinese people. Now they can be found almost all over the world. Most of them had developed small enterprise businesses in their country of settlement. Some of these businesses were being expanded or diversified, while some were turned into business kingdoms with multinational interests.
Although Chinese entrepreneurs are well-known for being hard-working and energetic, there had never been an attempt to bring them together under one roof. The World Chinese Entrepreneurs Convention (WCEC) was first conceptualized and organized by the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry to provide a forum for overseas Chinese entrepreneurs to enhance economic cooperation and promote better understanding among overseas Chinese entrepreneurs and business communities worldwide. Being apolitical in nature, its mission is to focus on economic and cultural issues pertaining to Chinese entrepreneurship.
The potential generated by such convention is boundless. It can be very enlightening particularly for the Asian Pacific Region. It is an important channel to build up economic relationship and consolidate network of world Chinese entrepreneurs with the ultimate goal of establishing a business cooperation network.
The WCEC is an important biennial event for Chinese entrepreneurs around the globe, aimed at establishing an economic network linking Chinese entrepreneurs worldwide. The 3 Founder Members of the Convention are namely, Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry, The Chinese General Chamber of Commerce (HK) and Thai-Chinese Chamber of Commerce. They will handle all matters related to the Convention when it is not in session.
14 WCECs have been held so far. Each one had its distinguished features and left its participants with unforgettable memories. The 15th WCEC will be hosted by the UK Chinese Business Association in London in 2019.