WIEF Roundtable, Kota Kinabalu 2020

12 March 2020

8.00 AM - 5.00 PM

Sutera Harbour Resort, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Sabah’s strategic location in the South China Sea and its diverse ethnic population, has made the state an attractive investment destination. Its economic development has been driven by agriculture, palm oil, tourism, mining and manufacturing.

Sabah’s Vision 2025 will turn the state into a resource-based manufacturing location of choice in Asia, whilst petroleum, palm oil and cacao will remain its most exported commodities.  Besides agriculture, Sabah’s tourism industry has become an important contributor to its economy.

The path to economic growth and rejuvenation for Sabah has been paved by interests and investments from investors, both local and foreign. The Roundtable will discuss and showcase the multitude of trade and investment opportunities in the state.

11 March 2020
8.00 AM Networking Golf (by invitation only)
Venue: Sutera Harbour Golf and Country Club, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
7.30 PM Welcoming Dinner (by invitation only)
12 March 2020
8.00 AM Arrival of Guest and Registration
9.00 AM Opening Ceremony
Welcoming Remarks by the Hon. Tun Musa Hitam, Chairman, WIEF Foundation and Former Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia.

Opening Keynote Address by YAB Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Mohd. Shafie bin Haji Apdal, Chief Minister of Sabah

9.30 AM Special Address on “Sustainable Development: Catalyzing Growth Through Inclusion, Empowerment and Equality
10.00 AM Session 1
Forging Sustainable Development: Impacting the Future
Humanity is reshaping the natural world. Our current use of resources is now at breathtaking scale. The Global Footprint Network estimates we now consume resources that would require 1.7 planets to produce sustainably.Governments are challenged to fulfil their SDG commitments, but businesses have a key role to play in providing the know-how and the technologies to reach the objective in more efficient and innovative ways.The session will explore:

  • how partnerships could help close the skills and gender gap, fight disease, broaden the benefits of trade and protect biodiversity.
  • how technology can be used to help create a sustainable future
11.15 AM Session 2
Promoting Investments During Challenging TimesHigh quality investment is a catalyst to development that brings major benefits to countries and regions, in terms of enhanced financing, export capacity, growth, employment, skills and technology transfer as well as support governments efforts in poverty alleviationHowever, global economic volatility in 2018 is likely to continue in 2019.  With such projected landscape, governments need to review their strategies to promote investments into their respective economies particularly in a highly competitive and rapidly changing local and global environment.The session will explore:

  • best practices and new ways to approach the challenges and opportunities created by FDI especially against the backdrop of the 4IR
  • positive linkages and effects of FDI on local enterprise development
  • other appropriate polities and strategies to promote a more enabling environment
12.30 PM Special Address on “Indonesia’s Shifting Capital: Opportunities for Borneo”
1.00 PM Lunch / Informal Networking
2.00 PM Session 3
Unlocking Blockchain Potential: Technology for Every Industry
More than half the world’s population now has access to the internet, and there are more mobile devices in the world than people. The latest supercomputer can carry out 200 quadrillion calculations per second. We have entered the distribution phase of the internet – the age of big data, machine learning and artificial intelligence. And the tech-enabled Fourth Industrial Revolution is providing new opportunities.The session will explore:

  • how blockchain offers opportunities to support industries
  • what are the driving factors that have attributed to this development;
  • what are the issues, challenges and risks facing this development
 3.30 PM Session 4
Sabah Focus – Investment Opportunities in Sabah
Sabah with its strategic location, natural resources, harmonious population with diverse ethnicity – has made the state a unique destination for investment in Malaysia.  As at December 2017, the state has implemented a total of 761 manufacturing projects with investments worth RM15.1 billion that have created more than 90,000 jobs.  This is in line with Sabah’s vision to be the resource-based manufacturing location of choice in Asia by 2025.This session will showcase:

  • the innovations and business opportunities available in Sabah;
  • the areas of interest for foreign investments;
  • government policies and economic incentives for investors.

Keynote Address by YB Datuk Seri Panglima Wilfred Madius Tangau, Deputy Chief Minister  & Minister of Trade and Industry, Sabah

5.00 PM End of WIEF Roundtable
Refreshments / Informal Networking

Business Networking

9.30 AM
5.00 PM
Business Networking

One to one business meetings between investors and prospective businesses can be arranged at the Business Networking Lounge.

9.30 AM
5.00 PM
Sabah Exhibition

A one-day mini exhibition of Sabah local products will be showcased during the Roundtable.


  • The Organisers reserve the right to alter the content and timing of the programme in the best interest of the Conference and is not responsible for cancellations due to unforeseen circumstances.
  • Programme as of 25 October 2019
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