The New Silk Roads World Forum is an independent and non-political entity. Surpluses from our activities will go to good causes such as scholarships, medical research and others.
The main goal of the New Silk Roads World Forum is to connect countries, cities, peoples and promote positive activities along the New Silk Roads.
Your New Silk Roads World Forum Host in Kota Kinabalu
Institute for Development Studies (Sabah)
The Institute for Development Studies (Sabah) or IDS is an autonomous, non-profit-making research organisation. Established by the Sabah State Government on 1 August 1985, IDS is devoted to carrying out policy and problem-oriented research on socio-economic and public administrative development issues. IDS also serves as a think tank to the Sabah State Government.
New Silk Roads World Forum SpeakersInclude
Honourable Datuk Darell LEIKING
Former Federal Minister of Trade and Industry, Malaysia.
Tan Sri Simon SIPAUN
Chairman, Institute for Development Studies, Sabah, Malaysia
Tan Sri Dr. Michael YEOH
President, Kingsley Strategic Institute, Malaysia; Chairman, WCBES Organising Committee
Dr. Geoffrey CHOW
Founder & Chief Strategist, New Silk Roads World Forum.
Professor Joseph LIOW Chin YONG
Dean, College of Arts and Humanities, Nanyang Technology University, Singapore.
Professor Kriengsak CHAREONWONGSAK
Chairman, National Building Institute of Thailand; Harvard Professorial Fellow; Former Advisor to the Prime Minister and Former Member of Parliament of Thailand.
Mr. Ben NAIR
Executive Director, KASI Group; Managing Director, BCMC Sdn Bhd., Malaysia
Professor Paul Tae-Woo LEE
Director, Maritime Logistics and Free Trade Islands Research Center, Ocean College, Zhejiang University, China.
Professor James CHIN
Director, Asia Institute Tasmania, University of Tasmania.
Ms NG Yeen Seen
Chief Executive Officer, Centre for Research, Advisory and Technology, Malaysia
Professor Tim WINTER
Professor of Critical Heritage Studies, University of Western Australia.
Associate Professor Ferry JIE
Associate Professor in Supply Chain and Logistics Management, School of Business and Law, Edith Cowan University, Australia.
Dr. Michael WANG
Former Researcher, SCION Research, New Zealand; Lecturer, Department of Supply Chain, Auckland Technology University, NZ.
Dr. Vanaja KARAGIANNIDIS
Senior Management Lecturer, Melbourne Institute of Technology.
Mr. Vincent WONG
Chairman, Mulia Global Sdn Bhd
Mr. Ravindra NGO
President, Cambodian Association of Hong Kong and Member, Pacific Basin Economic Council
Ms Aisah CHONG
Editor, Amazing Borneo Tour, Sabah, Malaysia
Mr. FOO Ngee Kee
President and Co-Founder, Small and Medium Enterprise Association Sabah, Malaysia.
Ms. Ann SATHASIVAM
Partnership Coordinator, Policy, Research & Social Justice, The Salvation Army, Melbourne, Australia
Dr OH Ei Sun
Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs; Principal Adviser, Pacific Research Center, Malaysia
“Along the New Silk Roads: Culture | Commerce | Dialogue | Developments”
The 2nd forum will be held in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia in 2021. The Forum will be accompanied by three roundtable sessions: New Silk Roads Youth Roundtable; New Silk Roads Women Roundtable; and New Silk Roads Supply Chain Roundtable.
The two-day forum focuses on the dimensions and aspects of culture, commerce, tourism, blue economy, and sustainable development, of both the overland and maritime Silk Roads. The New Silk Roads, also known as the Belt and Road Initiative in China, envisaged connecting corridors spanning over 68 countries from China, across Central Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and Africa. It is also a series of mega-projects with an estimated value of $1 trillion over the next few years. More trillions of dollars are expected to be invested in the decades to come. It is symbolically a revival of the ancient Silk Roads trading routes. The New Silk Roads program comprises of the building of roads, railways, bridges, gas pipelines, ports, airports and power plants, in addition, Special Economic Zones. Just as important are the impacts this program of infrastructure mega-projects have over the decades – impacts on economic activities, cultures, communications, technologies, environment, and much more.
The forum is organised for, and participated by business and government leaders; policy-makers; business entrepreneurs; practitioners; academics; thought leaders; and all interested individuals and organisations. It is envisaged that the two-day forum will focus on the following streams: 1) Social and cultural aspects of the New Silk Roads; 2) Trade and business along the New Silk Roads; 3) Security and legal dimensions of the New Silk Roads; 4) Infrastructure of the physical New Silk Roads, logistics, and supply chain within them; and 5) Developments and diversity of the New Silk Roads.
The collaboration partners for the event are think-tanks from China, Singapore, UK, Malaysia and Australia. They include: Institute for Development Studies, Malaysia; Global Association of International Artists (GAIA), Australia; Asia Institute Tasmania (AIT), Australia; and the well-known S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (Nanyang Technology University) in Singapore that has several think-tanks within the school.
The pooling of expertise and experiences from several think-tanks make for an exciting and interesting multidimensional understanding of the New Silk Roads.