Kuala Lumpur, 3 June 2011 – The 7th World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF) in Astana, Kazakhstan from 7 – 9 June will see a number of prominent world leaders attending among them His Excellencies Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of Kazakhstan; Karim Massimov, Prime Minister of Kazakhstan; Najib Tun Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia; Ismail Omar Guelleh, President of Djibouti; Oqil Oqilov, Prime Minister of Tajikistan and Prof. Dr. Boediono, Vice President of Indonesia.
Tun Musa Hitam, the Chairmain of the WIEF Foundation which organizes the annual business forum said, “We are excited that the WIEF has gone to Kazakhstan and look forward to the presence of world leaders, prominent invitees and speakers to help in the WIEF’s effort to build bridges between Malaysia, Kazakhstan and other countries in the Muslim world. ”
This year’s forum, the first time it is being held outside the Asian and Middle East regions, reflects the growing global reach of the WIEF. With the theme ‘Globalising Growth: Connect, Compete, Collaborate’, this year’s 7th WIEF seeks to highlight the vast investment opportunities available in Kazakhstan and forge stronger cross border partnerships between the member of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and the rest of the world, in particular other Muslim nations.
Highlights of the 7th WIEF include the Leadership Panel to discuss entrepreneurship as a vehicle of growth, Countries in Focus Forum showcasing business, trade and investment opportunities in selected developing countries and Parallel Sessions covering Islamic banking, green technologies, infrastructure development, the halal economy, food security and alternative energy.
The 7th WIEF is an annual event currently in its seventh year brings together world leaders and business leaders from the Muslim and non Muslim world to meet and network in the name of business. Under the broad banner of building bridges through business, the WIEF’s primary purpose is to enhance the economic wellbeing of Muslim communities worldwide by increasing trade and business activities amongst them. The WIEF also seeks to promote the Muslim world as a lucrative trade and investment caucus to investors and business partners from around the globe. The WIEF is run by the World Islamic Economic Forum Foundation which has its Secretariat in Kuala Lumpur and which is headed by its Chairman Tun Musa Hitam and supported by the Board of Trustees and the International Advisory Panel. For more information on the 7th WIEF please visit www.7wief.org