Na­jib: Speak­ers in­clude Jack Ma, Richard Bran­son

New Straits Times - - News -

Global Trans­for­ma­tion Fo­rum (GTF) 2017 will fea­ture some of the big­gest names in the world.

Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak, in his Twit­ter ac­count yes­ter­day, tweeted about the event which will take place from March 22 to 23 at the Kuala Lumpur Con­ven­tion Cen­tre.

“We have an even big­ger, starstud­ded line-up for #GTF2017 in­clud­ing Jack Ma, Sir @richard­bran­son & @us­ain­bolt,” he said, tag­ging the Olympic sprint cham­pion Usain Bolt and Vir­gin Group founder Richard Bran­son who will also be among the speak­ers.

In his blog, Na­ji­brazak.com, Na­jib also men­tioned other prom­i­nent fig­ures such as en­trepreneur and au­thor Chris Gard­ner, win­ner of 13 F1 Grand Prix David Coulthard, M-Farm chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer (CEO) Jamila Abass and World Bank chief econ­o­mist Dr Paul Romer who would be shar­ing their ac­counts of courage and de­ter­mi­na­tion.

“I am sure you will be in­spired by the out­stand­ing per­son­al­i­ties whose own suc­cess sto­ries have all been marked by trans­for­ma­tive en­deav­ours and I warmly welcome you to join the GTF 2017.

“And to bor­row the words of Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger, the Global Trans­for­ma­tion Fo­rum is back.”

He said the in­au­gu­ral GTF 2015 was a re­sound­ing suc­cess and was a unique event where speak­ers shared and dis­cussed trans­for­ma­tive ac­tions and ex­pe­ri­ences at the gov­ern­men­tal, busi­ness and in­di­vid­ual level.

“The GTF is still the sole plat­form where some of the world’s most in­flu­en­tial lead­ers can en­gage and share ex­pe­ri­ences as well as best prac­tices on how to drive trans­for­ma­tion at the said lev­els.

“I also re­mem­ber shar­ing Malaysia’s own trans­for­ma­tion story which be­gan in 2009 when we de­cided that the gov­ern­ment and the pri­vate sec­tor should work hand-in-hand to re-en­er­gise our econ­omy, which led to the es­tab­lish­ment of Pe­mandu (Per­for­mance Man­age­ment and De­liv­ery Unit),” he said, adding that the gov­ern­ment had hosted more 3,000 at­ten­dees from 76 coun­tries.

Na­jib added that in the pre­vi­ous in­stall­ment, peo­ple from all walks of life had ben­e­fited from the trans­for­ma­tional sto­ries of iconic lead­ers like Pe­mandu CEO Datuk Seri Idris Jala and for­mer gov­er­nor of Cal­i­for­nia and Hol­ly­wood star Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger.

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