30 October 2013
Prime Minister, David Cameron, spoke yesterday, promising the 1,800 visiting politicians, financiers and businesspeople from 115 countries that the UK is a "first-class destination for trade and investment from the Islamic world and beyond."
Among national leaders coming to ExCeL London are Malaysian PM Najib Razak, the Sultan of Brunei, King Abdullah II of Jordan, President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan, Crown Prince Salman of Bahrain, President Abdul Hamid of Bangladesh, Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane of Morocco and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan.
Chairman of the World Islamic Economic Forum, Tun Musa Hitam, said: "This is the first time that the World Islamic Economic Forum is being held in a non-Muslim European capital. The choice of this vibrant, cosmopolitan, yet ancient city is no coincidence. London is home to a vast multicultural population and a great gateway for trade and commerce, finance, culture, ideas and philosophy, to name a few. Organising the World Islamic Economic Forum in London represents our first step in promoting direct engagement in Europe as much as with it. It is also a continuation of our efforts to build bridges worldwide through business for the greater good of mankind."
James Rees, Executive Director, comments: "We are delighted to open the doors of London's only International Convention Centre to welcome the dignitaries and delegates attending this year's World Islamic Economic Forum. As one of the world's leading financial centres, London is the ideal place to host this event, providing a natural meeting point for global leaders and businesses. In the ICC we have the ideal venue providing a high-tech, secure facility, with a track record of hosting events of this stature, including the G20 London Summit and the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games."