Global forum opens, stage set for firmer capital markets
KUALA LUMPUR: The third edition of the World Capital Markets Symposium (WCMS) kicks off here today, setting the stage for crucial dialogues on financial and business ecosystem towards stronger and more inclusive markets for balanced and sustainable growth.
WCMS 2013 builds on the highly successful editions in 2009 and 2010 that attracted more than 1,000 delegates from over 30 countries.
The two-day symposium provides a platform for world experts in economics, finance and capital markets, alongside government and corporate leaders, policymakers and practitioners to exchange views, share insights and discuss the challenges, opportunities and solutions to global economic and financial issues.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak will deliver the keynote address at the symposium, which is hosted by the Securities Commission (SC).SC chairman Datuk Ranjit Ajit Singh is also due to present the opening remarks.
Lord Adair Turner, former chairman of Britain’s Financial Services Authority, will be the keynote speaker.
Other key speakers include former chairman of the United States’ Federal Deposit Insurance Corp Sheila C. Bair, Time magazine editor-at-large and host of Fareed Zakaria GPS (CNN’s flagship international affairs programme) Dr Fareed Zakaria, and Indian prime minister’s adviser on economic reforms, Dr Bibek Debroy.
Speakers from Malaysia include Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Abdul Wahid Omar, Khazanah Nasional Bhd managing director Tan Sri Azman Mokhtar, CIMB Group chief executive Datuk Seri Nazir Razak, AirAsia chief executive officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes and Fung Global Insitute president Tan Sri Andrew Sheng.
WCMS will also deliberate on the growing role of Asia and the impact of an integrated Asean on regional dynamics.