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British Delegation to World Islamic Economic Forum in Malaysia

Published: 06/12/2012 04:16:01 PM GMT
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The 8th World Islamic Economic Forum concluded today in Malaysia, with the Muslim Council of Britain sending a strong delegation of business professionals and entrepreneurs. Organised by the Council's Business and Economics Committee, the delegation consisted of professionals from a range of backgrounds including finance, technology and the media.

This year, over 2,000 delegates from around the world convened to discuss the changing dynamics in global business today after the Arab uprising and the continuing Eurozone crisis. The Forum provided an opportunity for the delegation to engage with and seek business opportunities with the Muslim world.

Leading the delegation, the former (and founding) Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain, Sir Iqbal Sacranie said: "The Muslim Council of Britain has been honoured to contribute to the success of the World Islamic Economic Forum since its inception. Annually we have organised a diverse and talented range of British business people to not only engage, learn and seek opportunities through trade in the Muslim world, but also to drum up business for UK plc."

There was a strong UK presence in the agenda of the 2012 Johor Bahru World Islamic Economic Forum, with panel contributions from Sir Iqbal Sacranie (who is also a member of the International Advisory Panel of the WIEF Foundation), Navshir Jaffer, Assistant Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain, the Rt. Hon. Alan Duncan MP, the Minister of State for International Development, Rushanara Ali MP, the opposition International Development spokesperson and Sir Edward Lister, the Deputy Mayor of London. The Forum also show-cased the work of Mohammed Ali, a.k.a, Aerosol Arabic whose DreamCube installation was the main exhibit.

World Economic Forum comes to London in 2013

The organisers of the World Islamic Economic Forum have chosen London to be the host city for 2013. Welcoming the decision, Farooq Murad, the Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain said: "In deciding London as the host city for the 9th World Islamic Economic Forum, the organisers recognise our capital city to be a truly global metropolis that acts as a bridge to the Muslim world. In London, delegates will find easy access to markets, innovation and expertise."

Meeting the British delegation, the Deputy London Mayor Sir Edward Lister said: "London is ready to host this prestigious landmark event and it builds on the momentum generated by the Olympics. Hosting the World Islamic Economic Forum proves yet again that the city is a global gateway for the world, and the Muslim world in particular. We hope this event will facilitate opportunities for trade and investment for both London and the Muslim world."

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Notes to Editors:

1. The 8th World Islamic Economic Forum was held between 3-6 December in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. The annual event is organised by the World Islamic Forum Foundation

2. The Business and Economics Committee of the Muslim Council of Britain has organised delegations to the Forum since its inception. In recent years, the delegation has been widened to include professionals from the United States of America.

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