World Islamic Economic Forum 2006 – Conclusion

(Note: I’m sorry about the delay in posting this last part, but studies ensure that my madness does not allow me to sound a little reasonable!)

The 2nd WIEF meet concluded in Islamabad on Monday last, November 7th 2006 with a much echoed call and intention to establish an Islamic Free Trade Area. However, there remains a lot of work to be done that goes beyond just holding these summits and making declarations. Muslim states, significantly the OIC member states now need to go beyond the words and take constructive measures to provide an efficient framework to facilitate the movement of entrepreneurs, capital and trade flows within and between the OIC countries and promote and intensify Islamic Banking, Finance and Insurance.

Support was also extended to WEIF’s associated bodies; World Islamic Businesswomen Network (WIBN), its programmes, achievements and specifically its plan to establish a training centre for women entrepreneurs, which will equip them with relevant business competencies and skills; the WIEF Islamic Education Task Force and acknowledged its programmes, also acknowledged the signing of the following two MoUs that include the provision of nursing and health sciences education initiated by the World Islamic Businesswomen Network (WIBN) task force and secondly the enhancement of capacity building through international collaboration on research on vocational and technical training programmes initiated by the World Islamic Education Task Force (WIET). The formation of a WEIF Young Leaders Forum was also supported.

The premise behind these and similar forums remains to try and unite the Muslim countries of the world on a unified platform of economic strength and stability supported by informed and knowledgable youth and task forces comprised of both educated and skilled men and women, artisan and entrepreneurs that may be a force to reckon with in the field of global economics and politics.

The Third, World Islamic Economic Forum will be held in Kuala Lumpu, Malaysia between May 7th, and 9th 2007.

It remains to be seen in that period if the policies or measures ratified so strongly within closed walls and doors can be supported at the ground root level where they are really needed.

1 Comment so far

  1. 1967 (unregistered) on November 13th, 2006 @ 9:35 pm

    Way to go Jaded! Perfect ending. We are happy now…^_^

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