Rabat - The 2018 World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF) has inaugurated on the sidelines of its 13th edition an alumni network intended to build a liaison between 17,000 WEIF members to ensure the continuity of business and industrial collaboration between new and former participants of the forum.
Rabat – The 2018 World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF) has inaugurated on the sidelines of its 13th edition an alumni network intended to build a liaison between 17,000 WEIF members to ensure the continuity of business and industrial collaboration between new and former participants of the forum.
The network of the forum, which is taking place from November 21 to 23 in Malaysia, has been created “to establish a global community of leaders and thinkers who continue to shape businesses, countries and communities into the future,” according to a press release issued by the WIEF.
The alumni network will connect 17,000 members across 150 countries from different fields, including logistics, tourism, and Islamic finance, in order to enable an always-on collaboration beyond the ongoing forum.
Mirroring the framework of the forum, which is held under the theme “Disruptive Change: Impact and Challenges,” the network aims to bring past and current forum attendees to collaborate together to find solutions to the challenges presented by economic, political, and technological change. The network will also offer the attendees the chance to explore opportunities resulting from the wave of disruptive change that “will continue to shape the economy and politics,” added the statement.
For Tun Musa Hitam, Chairman of the World Islamic Foundation Forum Foundation, “the WIEF alumni is a yet untapped source of innovation and opportunity.” He added that through connecting together 17,000 alumni members from 150 countries “we are harnessing the aggregate power of our members – the organisations and industries they represent, their intellectual currency, and their positive contributions.”
Hitam said that the network will also ensure the always-on collaboration and the potential of finding new connections between seemingly unrelated industries to create new solutions and products.”
The alumni network will enable the forum members to connect to any alumni in any part of the globe, “oceans away or just in the vicinity, alumni by-sector, and will have greater access to WIEF’s ongoing business activities,” according to the forum’s statement.
“The WIEF alumni network is a dynamic and organic force that we are committed to investing in through more tailored activities and services that we will add on over time, in response to the changing global business and economic environment,” added Hitam.
Since its inauguration in 2005, the forum has gathered together business and industrial leaders from Muslim and non-Muslim countries to open new economic activities and collaborations. It has been also credited with commercial collaborations worth over USD 15.5 billion throughout its 13 editions.
The World Islamic Economic Foundation organizes throughout the year a series of events to engage young leaders, women entrepreneurs, and the border startup space in its year-round activities.
The forum is marked by the participation of Morocco, which is represented by Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani and Lahcen Daoudi, Minister in charge of General Affairs and Governance. El Othmani delivered a speech during the opening of the forum, explaining that all Muslim countries need to adopt policies in order to maintain their stabilities with the rapid changes in world technology.