18 October 2022

Will be held virtually via Cisco Webex

Theme: Sustainability in Turbulent Times: Resilience & Reinvention

Organized by:

Economic and Financial Policy Institute (ECOFI)

School of Economics, Finance and Banking

Universiti Utara Malaysia

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The Economic and Financial Policy Institute (ECOFI) will host its 8th Annual ECOFI Symposium (AES 2022) on 18 October 2022 virtually via Cisco Webex. The theme for this year’s conference is “Sustainability in Turbulent Times: Resilience & Reinvention”.

You are cordially invited to submit any scholarly research paper that encapsulates questions and challenges relating to these topics (this is a non-exhaustive list intended only as guidance):

Sub-theme and track

This conference is a multi-disciplinary conference focusing on economics, finance, banking and risk management. The sub-themes for this conference include, but is not limited to, the following topics:

• Industrial and international economics
• Public and monetary economics
• Development economics
• Digital economy and fintech
• Agricultural economics and food security
• Environmental and natural resources economics
• Corporate finance and corporate governance
• International finance
• Real estate, property development and financing
• Risk management and insurance
• Banking
• Any other related topics on economics, finance, banking and risk management


Please be aware of the following important dates regarding AES 2022.

Abstract Submission Deadline

30 June 2022



YBrs. Prof. Dr. Russayani Ismail

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation), Universiti Utara Malaysia


Sharifah Najwa Syed Abu Bakar

Chief Operating Officer/Chief Information Officer of SME Corp Malaysia


How to Get Published in Top-Tier Journals?

Associate Professor Dr. Arshian Sharif

Department of Economics and Finance, Sunway University, Malaysia

Publication Opportunities (Subject to Standard Review Process)

All accepted papers will be published in AES 2022 proceedings.

In addition of this, authors of selected papers will be invited to submit their papers to a regular issue of one of these journals subject to the journal review process and applicable submission/publication fees:
• Journal of Economics and Sustainability (MyCite)
• International Journal of Banking and Finance (MyCite)
• Malaysian Management Journal (MyCite; ACI; Google Scholar; Index Copernicus)
• Capital Markets Review (ABDC; RePEc; MyCite)
• Global Business Management Review (MyCite)
• International Journal of Islamic Economics and Finance (IJIEF)

Best Paper Awards

There will be best paper awards for both student and non-student presenters to be announced at the end of the conference.


About AES 2022

Annual ECOFI Symposium, or commonly known as AES, provides a scholarly platform for academics and practitioners to present and publish the latest research findings related to the knowledge of economics, finance, banking, and risk management. Since its first inception in 2014, AES has managed to provide opportunities for researchers to share and advance their scholarly work, as well as to establish potential research links for further potential collaboration. Each submission in AES will be reviewed by an excellent scientific committee who has been carefully selected based on their track records in research and top-tier publications.

AES has collaborated with various intuitions coming from many backgrounds in making the conference as one of the inaugural events organized under ECOFI. These institutions are Kedah State Economic Development Division, Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB), Japan Foundations, Institut Tadbiran Awam Negara (INTAN), and Labuan Bulletin of International Business and Finance (LBIBF), among others. These collaborations have shown that AES is not just relevant to academics but also to the industry players as well as the policymakers.

The last AES (AES 2021) which was held on 28 July 2021, attracted 54 scholarly papers. The presenters came from various background and countries. Among the 54 presenters, 19 presenters were non-UUM presenters that came from both local and foreign universities as well as non-academic presenters (INTAN). This AES was officiated by the Minister of the Prime Minister’s Department for Economic Affairs, Dato’ Sri Mustapa Mohamed.

This year’s conference, the 8th Annual ECOFI Symposium (AES 2022) is proudly organized by Economic and Financial Policy Institute (ECOFI) under the School of Economics, Finance and Banking (SEFB), Universiti Utara Malaysia. Due to the current uncertainty of COVID-19 pandemic, this one-day conference will be held virtually via Cisco Webex application on 18 October 2022 (Tuesday).

With the chosen theme “Sustainability in Turbulent Times: Resilience & Reinvention”, AES 2022 serves as a great platform for academics and practitioners to present and share the findings of their studies especially on topics related to the sustainability in turbulence times following the COVID-19 pandemic that has hit the world since January 2020. Indeed, effective policies to recover from the health crisis are necessary and these policies must be designed based on the output of relevant research carried by academics and practitioners. In addition, it also provides an opportunity for academics and practitioners to discuss and exchange ideas pertaining to current research issues, best practices, and practical experience gathered in all areas of economics. finance, banking and risk management.

Conference Objectives

• To provide a platform for academics and researchers to share the latest research findings and innovations in the field of economics, finance, banking, and risk management;

• To bridge the gap between knowledge and practice by assembling academicians, industry practitioners, policy makers, and parties related to the economics, finance, banking, and risk management field where ideas and views can be exchanged through knowledge and experience sharing;

• To provide opportunities for local and international participants to build a wider academic network and enable the expansion of international cooperation in academic activities such as students and staff mobility programs, conferences collaboration, and research & publications.



1. An abstract between 200 to 250 words, clearly defining the subject and summarising the arguments to be presented in the proposed full paper.
2. It must include 3-5 keywords.
3. The abstract should include the background of study, objective, methodology, and the main results.
4. Only papers written in English or Bahasa Melayu are accepted. For a Bahasa Melayu abstract, the equivalent of an English abstract must also be attached with it.
5. The abstract must be typed, single spaced (1.0), using Times New Roman (normal style and font size 12).
6. Must not include references, tables, figures, or quotations.

Full paper

1. Please confine your paper to 10 pages, including the abstract, text body (Introduction, Theory, Methods, Findings, Discussion, Conclusions, and Implications), Tables, Figures, and References.
2. No submission exceeding this limit will be considered.
3. Full paper must be written in either English or Bahasa Melayu, typed using Times New Roman (normal style and font size 12) and in MS-Word. PDF and other formats are not accepted.
4. Page size should be A4, single column with 2.5 cm margin on both sides with single line spacing.
5. All pages of the manuscript (including Tables and Figures) should be numbered, and subheadings should be italicised (NOT Bold).
6. Filenames should be saved as: “Author’s Name and Short Title of Paper”.doc or .docx.

The full template and format of the paper can be downloaded HERE.

All abstracts will be held in confidence during the review and selection process, and only the AES chair and scientific committee will have access to them. The scientific committee has the prerogative to recommend changes to the abstract in order to ensure it addresses the conference theme, and to suggest revisions to a paper in order to make it satisfy submission guidelines.

How to Submit

We use OpenConf Peer-Review, Abstract and Conference Management System for paper submissions and reviewing process. Authors are required to submit their papers online.

Please click the HERE and follow the guidelines provided on the OpenConf site. For further help with submissions, please contact: aes@uum.edu.my.





RM 100


RM 75


RM 50

Presenter: Additional paper (s)

RM 50

International Presenter

USD 50

International Student (Foreign Universities)

USD 20

Payment Instructions

Payment Instructions

FPX and Credit/Debit Card

  1. Click or type this link: https://epay.uum.edu.my/home.php
  2. Go to “Other Payment Section”.
  4. Select “PARTICIPATION FEE – CONFERENCE” on the Payment Type.
  5. Select “OTHERS” on the Payment For.
  6. Write “AES 2022” in the Payment Description.
  7. Fill in the correct amount of fees based on your category and hit Next.
  8. Fill in all the relevant information and hit Next.
  9. Check all the details on the Payment Form page. If all are correct, hit Next.
  10. Choose whether to use FPX or card payment and hit Submit.
  11. Follow the instructions until your payment is successful.
  12. Please print/save the receipt as a proof of payment. Email the receipt as soon as possible by 10 September 2022 to the AES 2022 Secretariat at aes@uum.edu.my. Failure to do so will result in your name being not listed as presenter/ participants.

Bank Transfer

Transfer should be made to the following account:

Account No.: 0209-3010-0000-10
Please fill up the payee reference column as "AES 2022"

Please forward a scanned/pdf copy of the bank transfer receipt to AES 2022 Secretariat at aes@uum.edu.my for us to verify the transaction. Please kindly write down the participant's name, paper ID (if you are a presenter), date and time of the transfer and country and city of origin.

Important notes: Please make the payment only after you have been notified that your paper is accepted to be presented in AES 2022 by the secretariat.

Cancellation Policy



 8.00 am         :


 8.30 am         :

 Negaraku and Biru Warna

 8.40 am         :

 Doa Recitation

 8.45 am         : 

 Welcoming & Officiating Speech
 Yang Berbahagia Prof. Dr. Russayani Ismail
 Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation)
 Universiti Utara Malaysia

 9.00 am         :

 Keynote Speech 
 Madam Sharifah Najwa Syed Abu Bakar
 Chief Operating Officer/Chief Information Officer
 SME Corp. Malaysia

10.00 am        :

 Morning Break

10.15 am        :               

 Parallel Session 1                                       
 Session 1A: Agricultural Economics
 Session 1B: Public and Industrial Economics
 Session 1C: Accounting, Finance, Banking and Risk I
 Session 1D: Accounting, Finance, Banking and Risk II
 Session 1E: Developmental Economics I

12.15 pm        :

 Lunch and Prayer Break

 2.00 pm        :

 Guest Speaker Talk 
 Associate Professor Dr. Arshian Sharif
 Department of Economics and Finance
 Sunway University, Malaysia
 Title: How to Get Published in Top-Tier Journals?

 3.00 pm        :

 Parallel Session 2 
 Session 2A: Environmental and Welfare Economics
 Session 2B: Accounting, Finance, Banking and Risk III
 Session 2C: Accounting, Finance, Banking and Risk IV
 Session 2D: Developmental Economics II
 Session 2E: Developmental Economics III

 5.00 pm        :

 Closing Remarks 
 Associate Prof. Dr. Bakti Hasan Basri
 Dean School of Economics, Finance and Banking
 Universiti Utara Malaysia

 5.10 pm        :

 Award Presentation and Group Photo

 5.30 pm        :

 End of Conference


Notes: This schedule is subject to change



Secretariat, 8th Annual ECOFI Symposium (AES 2022)
Economic and Financial Policy Institute (ECOFI)
School of Economics, Finance and Banking
Universiti Utara Malaysia
06010 Kedah, Malaysia.
E-mail: aes@uum.edu.my