On Sunday, 20 September 2015, the Strategic Research Association (STRATIS) had the distinct honor of hosting H.E. Tun Dr. Mahahtir Mohamad, former Prime Minister of Malaysia and President of the Perdana Global Peace Foundation (PGPF). The event was organized as part of the Eminent Persons Program (EPP) – an initiative launched by STRATIS aimed at bringing distinguished personalities from all over the world to Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (B&H), to advance the causes of peace, security and prosperity through the promotion of mutual understanding, dialogue and cooperation.
A number of prominent Malaysian and Bosnian experts, leaders and consultants in the areas of politics, diplomacy, business, academia, NGO sector, and the media attended the event. In an informal and stimulating environment they shared their experience and ideas and discussed various issues. A wide range of opinions and multiple viewpoints were presented regarding bilateral, regional, and global issues, which brought an inestimable benefit and new insights to the participants.
The program was moderated by Mr. Edin Smajic, president of STRATIS, and Ambassador Ensar Eminovic, director of STRATIS.
Amongst the participants were General Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Panglima Mohd Azumi Bin Mohamad, Chairman of Cyber Security Malaysia and former Chief of the Malaysian Army; Tan Sri Dato’ Abdul Halil Bin Abdul Mutalib, Chairman of Sanichi Technology Berhad and former Director-General of the Royal Malaysian Customs; Dato’ Dr. Pahamin Ab. Rajab, former founding chairman of Airasia Berhad and the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs of Malaysia. Also present were Mr. Rusmir Hrvic, CEO of “Klas” Company – the leading B&H company which develops, produces and sells grain-based food; Mr. Venan Hadziselimovic, Executive Director of “HIFA OIL” Company – one of the major oil derivatives suppliers in B&H; H.E. Dr. Osman Music, the first ambassador of B&H to Malaysia; H.E. Dr. Selmo Cikotic, former Minister of Defense of B&H; H.E. Mr Himzo Smajic, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management of Ze-Do Canton, as well as many other distinguished guests and members of the IIUM Alumni Chapter of B&H – Bosnian graduates from Malaysian universities who hold many influential posts in business, education, politics and diplomacy in B&H.
Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad visited Sarajevo in conjunction with an International Peace Conference themed “20 years of Peace – A way forward” that was held on 21 September 2015. The conference was organized under his patronage by the PGPF in collaboration with Bosna Bank International VIP Business Club (BBI VIP Business Club) and Malaysian-Bosnian Business Council (MBBC). STRATIS was the exclusive sponsor of the conference.