2,500 take part in 13th WIEF at BCCK


Participants sample a local delicacy at the 13th WIEF in BCCK yesterday.

Najib speaks to one of the exhibitors at the 13th WIEF held at BCCK.

Participants get their language-translating aid from the forum organiser.

KUCHING: Over 2,500 participants including world leaders and captains of industries congregated at the 13th edition of World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF) which was officiated by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak yesterday.

Themed ‘Disruptive Change: Impact and Challenges’, the forum brings industry leaders and academic experts together to address the impact and challenges of disruptive changes across the breadth of industries, technology and politics for a sustainable business landscape.

In his welcoming speech, the chairman of WIEF Foundation Tun Musa Hitam said there might be convergence of many disruptive forces at the moment across politics, technology and rising protectionism but these forces similarly provide an opportunity for growth and cooperation.

“There has never been a more exciting time for us to cooperate across political boundaries and across business verticals to uncover new ways of working and devise solutions for the challenges today and to innovate ahead of the curve,” he said before the launching.

“In such an environment, we need to ensure that we learn everything, positives as well as negatives so that the end of objectives of human survival and ensuring ‘the good life’ for humanity are achieved,” he added.

The forum was also attended by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, the Head of the Government of Morocco Dr Saad Eddine El Othmani, Union of Comoros Vice President Djaffar Ahmed Said Hassani, Republic of Tatarstan of the Russian Federation President Rustam Nurgaliyevich Minnikhanov, Minister of National Development Planning and Special Representative of the President of Indonesia Professor Bambang Permadi Soemantri Brojonegoro and Vice President of Islamic Development Bank Dr Mohamed Jouini and WIEF Foundation founder and former Prime Minister of Malaysia Tun Abdullah Badawi.

Earlier before settling down for the forum launching, the participants were serenaded by the soothing sound of traditional sape music by renowned Sarawakian sape player Jerry Kamit and French sape player Julien Cotett.