Disruptive change to be WIEF’s main focus this year

Disruptive change will be the main highlight at the upcoming 13th World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF) that would be held in Kuching, Sarawak, this November.

Themed as “Disruptive Change: Impact and Challenges”, the 13th WIEF is also aimed at finding ways for businesses and economies to remain adaptive in the current economic situation.

WIEF Foundation chairman Tun Musa Hitam said despite the advent of technology, there are many opportunities from disruptive change that can be leveraged by nations, businesses and communities.

“As the global community moves to collectively tackle the many challenges that lie ahead of us, it is important to orbit our discussions around crystalised industry vectors that provide clear actionable insight for its participants.

“The growth of the WIEF over the years underscores the benefits of world leaders and captains of industry working together to unlock the next phase of collaboration and growth against a new economic order impacted by disruptive change,” Musa said in a statement.

Proceedings for the 13th WIEF have already begun with satellite events running up to the forum that would be held from Nov 21 to Nov 23, 2017.

Among the discussions to be held would address key industry vectors of growth including disruptive science, technology and innovation, halal consumables and services, Islamic finance; and law, arts, culture and design, as well as entrepreneurship and emerging spaces.

“It has been a personal wish of mine to host the WIEF in Sarawak and we look forward to welcoming the forum to Kuching for the 13th edition.

“This year’s theme is particularly timely as Sarawak is poised to be the next corridor of growth with the commitment to develop the ICT (information, communication and technology) infrastructure to support the digital industries and e-commerce,” Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Openg said.

The partnership will be a privilege as it allows Sarawak to share the finer points of its journey of transformation.

Since its debut in Kuala Lumpur in 2005, the forum has grown significantly in scope and complexity; focusing on a wide array of themes — from “Gearing for Economic Resurgence” in 2010 to “Decentralising Growth, Empowering Future Business” in 2016.

The forum has been a stead-fast advocate for inclusive, sustainable and ethical growth through promoting regional cooperation, driving businesses and positively impacting communities. It has also witnessed first-hand how rapidly and extensively the global business landscape has changed throughout the years. — TMR