Friday, April 09, 2010

One Asia: Korea-Malaysia Business Forum

Panel 2: Islamic Finance

Dr Chang Dae-whan presenting his opening address

Section of VIP participants

Several key issues including regional cooperation, formation of an Asian community, Korea-Malaysia bilateral cooperation, green industries and Islamic finance were discussed and deliberated by panelists at the recently concluded Korea-Malaysia Business Forum.

The forum was hosted by Dr Chang Dae-whan, the Chairman of Maeil Business Media Group which is the largest business media network in South Korea. Dr Chang sits in numerous key committees in Korea including the prestigious Presidential Advisory Council and committees on FTAs and other areas. He was an Acting Prime Minister of South Korea in 2002.

One Asia is part of the World Knowledge Forum series which was founded by Dr Chang and is headed by him. WKF was held in several other major cities including Shanghai, Hong Kong, Dubai, Hanoi and others.

Several major Korean companies e.g. Samsung are investing heavily in the next generation technology - renewable energy. Islamic finance is becoming a popular option for Korean companies.

Several Malaysian industry leaders and cabinet members such as Dr Peter Chin and Mukhriz Mahathir also spoke at the forum. Prime Minister Najib Razak and Dr Mahathir Mohamad addressed the audience via recorded messages.

The forum was attended by more than 300 business leaders, policy makers and civil servants from both countries. Later, Dr Chang represented the Maeil Business Media Group to sign several MOUs with several major regional news media groups including Star Publications (M) Berhad which was represented by its MD/CEO Datin Linda Ngiam.

The forum was managed and produced by GF World Solutions (GFW) in collaboration with the Maeil Business Newspaper & TV.

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