MCB to Organise Delegation to the World Islamic Economic Forum

23 Nov 2009

For the sixth consecutive year, the Business and Economics Committee (BEC) of the Muslim Council of Britain will be drawing together a high-powered delegation of leading professionals, thought leaders and community representatives to the World Islamic Economic Forum (the WIEF) to be held in Malaysia in May 2010.

The WIEF is an annual conference that acts as an international business platform where the business sectors of the Muslim world meet. With attendance from government leaders, entrepreneurs, policy makers and academics, the WIEF also acts as a forum where policy proposals on economic development can be formulated.

Around the main programme of the WIEF, the BEC has organised a series of workshops on Islamic finance and thought leadership with local institutions, to share delegation’s experiences and technical expertise. The BEC is also preparing a publication entitled “Nurturing the Future” that will feature the latest thinking in Islamic finance and thought leadership.

“The MCB organises the largest non-OIC delegation to the WIEF and we look forward to building on our successes at previous conferences with our delegation to Malaysia in 2010” noted Sir Iqbal Sacranie, leader of the MCB delegation and member of the International Advisory Panel of the WIEF Foundation.

Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari, Secretary General of the MCB stated `The MCB exists to serve the common good. Initiatives such as the delegation to the WIEF demonstrate how the wide array of talent in the British Muslim community can benefit all citizens by expanding business opportunities for the UK with Muslim majority countries.’

Applications to join the delegation, and more details regarding the past achievements and future objectives of the MCB’s delegation, are available from the MCB’s website at www.mcb.org.uk/WIEF

Applications would be welcome from British residents, as well as from residents of Europe and North America. Applications must be received by 14 December 2009.

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Notes to Editors

1. The Muslim Council of Britain is the UK’s largest Muslim umbrella body with around 500 affiliated national, regional and local organisations, mosques, charities and schools.

2. The 6th World Islamic Economic Forum will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 18 to 20 May 2010 where more than 1,500 delegates are expected. More information on the 6th World Islamic Economic Forum, is available at www.wief.org.my
3. The 5th World Islamic Economic Forum held in Jakarta in March 2009 attracted 1,700 delegates and Memoranda of Agreement totalling USD 3.1 Billion were signed during the Forum.

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