Musa: WIEF recognised by both Muslim and non-Muslim world

WIEF Foundation chairman Tun Musa Hitam (right) speaking at the launch of the 13th WIEF to be hosted by Sarawak. With him is Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali

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KUCHING: World Islamic Economic Forum has gained recognition not only by the Muslim countries, but also by the non-Muslim world, its chairman Tun Musa Hitam told reporters today.

“There seems to be, since our inception, we have been growing bigger and bigger and we seemed to be recognised not only among the Muslim world of our existence, but also by the non-Islamic world,” he said at a press conference to launch the 13th WIEF to be hosted by Sarawak from November 21 to 23 this year.

He said the Muslim and non-Muslim countries feel that there is business to be made through WIEF.

“It is based on that we have attracted non-Muslim countries as well as business people,” he said, adding:”If you look at the portfolios, or the personalities and the characteristics of the countries, represented by their leaders and the business people, you will see the portfolios widen to that level.”

He said WIEF does not insist that only the Muslim business people or the Muslim countries are involved in meetings organised by WIEF.

He said WIEF open itself to anyone who is interested in its business.

“I would say that business does not recognise boundaries and that is why people from Russia, China and Latin America have come to our meetings and our meetings have been held in other parts of the world and were very well received,” he said.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan said Sarawak is well-placed to host the 13th WIEF, given the facilities and attractions available in the state and the commitment placed by the state government.

He said WIEF is a gem gifted to the world by Malaysia 13 years ago, a platform that promotes economic collaboration and mutually beneficial growth between various economies from around the world.

He said WIEF today stands at a tipping point of its existence as it seeks to play a deeper and more impactful role in shining a light on and providing direction for the lasting collaborations between nations and businesses to positively impact communities around the world. –