The World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF) started in earnest in 2005 at its inaugural session in Kuala Lumpur. It is arguably the first Forum of its kind to introduce a business agenda not only for Muslim countries and Muslim communities worldwide, but for the global business community at large that are interested to invest and do business in the Muslim world.
The line-up of leaders attending has been impressive over the years. From a decent start of a few country leaders, the Forum has now grown in acceptable throughout every region of the Muslim world, with a notable presence of leaders from the African continent, the Gulf region, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and East Asia.
The number of participants increased rapidly over the five years since inception. From a mere 600 participants in 2005, the fifth Forum in Jakarta attracted a record of 1,728 participants in 2009. The increase in number came with bolder themes throughout the years. Starting with a focus on exploring business potentials in the Muslim world, the Forum began to introduce ideas on global solutions and ultimately, recognising the Muslim world as equal partners in the development of the world economy.
WIEF APPOINTS FOUR NEW MEMBERS TO IAP – SG News
ASTANA (Kazakhstan), June 9 (Bernama) — The World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF) Foundation has appointed four new members to its International Advisory
Panel (IAP) effective from Apr 1, 2011.
The four are from four different countries, reflecting the global reach of the WIEF Foundation as it seeks to bring businesses around the world closer, it said in a statement today.
They are Datuk Seri Nazir Razak (group managing director/chief executive officer, CIMB Group); Evelyn Mungai (executive chairman, Speedway Investments Ltd, Kenya);Nasser Munjee (chairman, Development Credit Bank Ltd & chairman, Aga Khan Rural Support Programme, India); and, John Sandwick (specialist, Islamic Wealth & Asset Management, Switzerland).
“As members of the IAP, they are tasked with providing strategic direction to the WIEF and its related programmes,” it said.
Mungai was quoted as saying the world faced challenges in food and water supply, climate change and global security that affected millions of lives in different societies.
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