With its apt theme, "Removing Obstacles And Promoting Trading Business," the workshop which began from 30 to 31 May was organised by the Islamic Business School (IBS), College of Business (COB) UUM, in collaboration with the Islamic Research and Training Institute (IRTI) of the Islamic Development Bank Group (IDB), Jeddah, Saudi Arabia with the support of the School of International Studies (SOIS) UUM, MATRADE, MITI, Maybank and CIMB.
The opening ceremony was officiated by Datuk Wong Seng Foo, Senior Director, Multilateral Trade Policy and Negotiations, Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) who also delivered the keynote address at the workshop.
In his speech, the Dean of IBS, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Asmadi Mohamed Naim said that the aim of the workshop is to gather presenters, well-known speakers as well as local and international experts and afford them with the opportunity to share their experiences and knowledge on issues pertaining to intra trade amongst the OIC nations.
"This international workshop touches on various issues including the latest developments of the intra trading business conducted by OIC countries, ways and means to enhance and promote trade as well as contribute practical suggestions to overcome obstacles in promoting trade business in these countries.
"In addition, the workshop also provides a platform for academia, industry players, experts and policy makers to set up networks, discuss, debate, share ideas and experiences as well as explain ways to overcome barriers and promote trade business amongst the OIC countries , "he said in his welcoming speech at the opening of the workshop yesterday.
The inaugural workshop which was jointly organised by IBS-UUM in collaboration with the IDB and IRTI-IDB has become a testament of IBS to strengthen strategic cooperation with IRTI-IDB in the development of Islamic finance, Islamic economics, Muamalat and Islamic Business in general.
The workshop also saw the exchange of the MoU documents between Dr. Asmadi Mohamed Naim representing UUM and Dr. Abd Elrahman Elzahi who represented IRTI, present to witness the event were Datuk Wong Seng Foo and the Director of Intra Trade Workshop 2015, Prof. Dr. Norhayati Ahmad.
Apart from the workshop, the Intra Trade Opportunity Dialogue Session took place with representatives from MATRADE, Maybank Islamic Berhad and CIMB. The dialogue session was moderated by Prof. Dr. Norhayati Ahmad.
Translated by Mahaliza Mahadhir
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