Press Release




Kota Kinabalu: The New Silk Roads World Forum Pty Ltd (NSRWF), in partnership with Institute for Development Studies (Sabah) (IDS) will be organising the New Silk Roads World Forum 2020 on 16th – 17th March 2020. The two days paid forum will be held in the Pacific Sutera, Kota Kinabalu. The Chief Minister of Sabah YAB Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Mohd Haji Apdal and Federal Minister of International Trade and Industry, Malaysia, YB Datuk Darell Leiking have been invited to deliver the keynote addresses.


The NSRWF is an independent and non-political entity in which the surpluses obtained from the activities organised by them will be given to good cause such as supporting education and health. The main goal of organising the Forum is to promote bilateral relationship amongst countries and engagement amongst people from different cities as well as to be the platform in promoting positive activities along the New Silk Roads.


The Belt Road Initiative (BRI) is an initiative that has emerged in 2013 that has led to an increase in discussion on the potentials and opportunities as well as the risk BRI could offer to the countries spanning along it. The BRI consists of the overland New Silk Road and the Maritime New Silk Road.


According to Mr. Anthony Kiob, CEO of IDS, the forum aims to highlight the culture, diversity, developments, commerce and trade of both the overland and maritime Silk Roads both past and present, at the same time attract, invite and engage an audience of policy makers, practitioners, entrepreneurs, academics, business and government leaders as well as interested individuals and companies to discuss various topics and themes pertaining to the New Silk Roads. “This forum is beneficial to position Sabah’s stakeholders on the prospects of the Belt Roads Initiative and the impacts it has to Sabah’s future economic growth,” he added.


The two-days Forum will include three panel sessions comprising of both local and international panellists. The overview of the panel sessions include the perspective of Great Powers such as India and the roles ought to be played by them in relation to the Belt Road Initiative in strengthening the economic and strategic linkages; impact of the New Silk Roads on the international framework to enable forecasting of the potential Asian contribution to the practice of international economics; and means and ways of poverty be tackled and subsequently reduced along the maritime countries of the New Maritime Silk Road through harnessing the resources afforded by the seas.


The second day of the Forum will include three roundtables discussions, in which the delegates are free to choose which to attend in accordance to their interest. The roundtables will cover issues regarding Women, Youth, and Supply Chain and Logistics. The afternoon session will cover two additional panel session which includes the managerial and policy insight amongst stakeholders on the mechanism of building an effective and efficient transport and logistic network to support to the international trade routes along the BRI; and the impact on cultural and social behaviour along the countries spanning the New Silk Roads following its reconstruction and how the nations can leverage on the economic opportunities to modernize the cultures which will inevitably change due to changes along the New Silk Roads.


The request to register for interested local participants can be made to the Institute for Development Studies (Sabah) via email ([email protected]) and telephone (088-450 500). Registration is encouraged to be done before the 14th February 2020 to entitle for early-bird price. The details on the price can be obtained more from the main website of New Silk Roads World Forum 2020 ( There will be an official launch scheduled on 11th February.


The package of the Forum would also include complimentary Special Cocktail on the 15th March 2020, 4-6 p.m. at Sabah International Convention Centre to welcome the delegates of the Forum. Registration to the Special Cocktail be done online via the main website (





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