KUCHING: Sarawak will host the Global Muslim Business Forum here next week, bringing in 1,000 participants from 37 countries to discuss innovations and transformation in Islamic economies.
Deputy Premier Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan said the Nov 28-30 forum would be a hub of knowledge for governments, corporations and civil society to explore best practices and innovations in various sectors such as Islamic finance, green technology and agriculture.
He said the forum aimed to forge stronger partnerships in the Muslim world, encourage initiatives for social and economic impact, and promote investment by exploring new growth opportunities.
"It will also advance the green economy and partnerships for climate action, green technology and innovation to preserve Planet Earth, and advance partnership for sustainable, inclusive development to ensure no one is left behind," he told a press conference at the Sarawak Legislative Assembly on Friday (Nov 24).
Awang Tengah said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Indonesian Vice-President Prof Dr Ma'ruf Amin and Sarawak Premier Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg would deliver keynote addresses at the forum's gala dinner on Tuesday (Nov 28).
In addition, over 60 local and international speakers will share their insights and experience on issues such as Islamic innovation, new economy, digital technology, green energy, food security, halal industry, entrepreneurship and start-ups.
"Through the Global Muslim Business Forum, governments, corporations, international organisations, investors and civil society can convene to discuss, deliberate and debate these key issues.
"It is also the ideal platform to connect the Muslim world and the non-Muslim community," he said.
The forum is organised by KSI Strategic Institute for Asia Pacific, the Islamic Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture, and UK-based women's NGO Global One.