British Muslim Delegation to Attend World Islamic Economic Forum Summit in Kuwait

24 Apr 2008

A thirty five strong delegation of British Muslims from the UK will be attending the 4th World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF) to be held in Kuwait from 29th April to 1st May 2008.

The Muslim Council of Britain’s Business and Economic Committee has arranged a delegation of over 35 businessmen and professionals, including bankers, lawyers and analysts to attend this year’s meeting in Kuwait which will bring together delegates from more than sixty different countries around the world.

The theme of this year’s WIEF conference is `Islamic Countries: Partners in the Global Development’. One of the aims of the Forum is to promote partnership between Muslim and non-Muslim businessmen by forging co-operation across borders among entrepreneurs in Muslim majority countries and those in other countries.

The MCB Secretary-General, Dr. Muhammad Abdul Bari said:

“I am heartened by the diversity and individual accomplishments of the young professionals that will represent Britain at the WIEF this year. Never before has the need for a better relationship between the Muslim and non-Muslim world been more important.’

Sir Iqbal Sacranie, who is due to lead the UK Muslim delegation and who is also member of the WIEF’s International Advisory Panel said:

`The 4th WIEF will serve as a hub for potential business collaboration between different countries and will be a platform for the exchange of cutting edge ideas between leaders in business and government both within and outside the region.’

Supporting the delegation, Andrew Cahn, Chief Executive of UK Trade and Investment said:

“The UK’s delegation to World Islamic Economic Forum reflects UK’s position as the world’s leading International Financial Centre. There are many opportunities for the UK and particularly London as a leading centre for Islamic Financial Services. UK businesses are developing closer ties and relationships with other regions in this field which will surely bring benefits to both the UK and other countries.”

The delegation will be looking to build on their previous successes and share best practice with leaders across the Muslim world at the main event and at the Businesswomen and Young Leaders Forum which will be taking place at the same time. A number of heads of states and key business figures are expected to attend the Summit.

Notes to Editors:
The delegation led by the MCB is supported by financial and community institutions including the European Islamic Investment Bank, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, European Finance House, IFAAS (Islamic Finance Advisory & Assurance Services), Simmons & Simmons, the Utrujj Foundation and the Institute of Islamic Banking and Insurance. For further information on WIEF and the 4th WIEF Summit visit

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