ARI's Islamic Microfinancing research cluster, under the leadership of Prof Dr Rashidah Abdul Rahman organized a half day Roundtable Discussion Group with researchers and several industry players. In essence, the roundtable discussion aimed to enhance the business model formulated earlier by the group by getting important feedback from the practitioners. At least four groups of practitioners were invited for the roundtable discussion. Amanah Ikhtiar Malaysia (AIM) - an agency set up by the government to assist enterpreneurs to obtain micro credit from financial institutions. AIM also trains and monitors progress of these businesses.
Representing AIM was its Managing Director,Dato' Zabidah Ismail. Besides AIM, three other organizations that participated in the discussion were YaPEIM, Selangor Zakat Centre and a Takaful Insurance company. The event was attended by researchers from the Accounting Research Institute (ARI), International Islamic University, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT).