Call for Papers

The Economic and Financial Policy Institute (ECOFI), in collaboration with Institut Tadbiran Awam Negara (INTAN) and Labuan Bulletin of International Business and Finance (LBIBF) will host its 7th Annual ECoFI Symposium virtually on 28 July 2021. 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):  

  • Integrity and public governance

  • 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 and banking


Key Dates

  • 30 April 2021 - Abstract Submission Deadline

  • 10 May 2021 - Notification of Abstract Acceptance

  • 31 May 2021 - Full Paper Submission Deadline

  • 15 June 2021 - Notification of Full Paper Acceptance

  • 29 June 2021 - Symposium Registration Opens

  • 1 July 2021 - Camera Ready

  • 28 July 2021 - Day of Virtual AES2021


Submission Guidelines


  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 Symposium 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 symposium 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 "SUBMIT YOUR PAPER NOW" button below and follow the guidelines provided on the OpenConf site. For further help with submissions, please contact:


Tentative Program


8.00 AM



8.30 AM

Welcoming Speech

Welcoming speech by

Yang Berbahagia Prof. Dato' Dr. Ahmad Bashawir Haji Abdul Ghani

Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM)

Yang Berbahagia Datuk Dr. Kamarudin Min

Director of National Institute of Public Administration (INTAN)

9.00 AM

Officiating Speech

Officiating speech by

Yang Berhormat Dato' Sri Mustapa Mohamed

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Economy)

9.15 AM

Keynote Speech 1

Yang Berbahagia Dato’ Sri Akhbar Satar, CFE, (Affiliate, AICB)

Founder and President of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) - Malaysia Chapter

10.00 AM

Morning Break

Morning break

10.15 AM

Parallel Session 1

Session 1A: Integrity and Public Governance
Session 1B: Agricultural and Environmental Economics
Session 1C: Public and Monetary Economics
Session 1D: Accounting, Finance and Risk

Session 1E: Developmental Economics and Finance

12.15 PM


Lunch and prayer break

2.00 PM

Keynote Speech 2

Yang Berbahagia Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr. Sulaiman Mahbob

Chairman of Malaysian Institute of Economic Research (MIER)

2.45 PM

Parallel Session 2

Session 2A: Integrity and Public Governance
Session 2B: Agricultural and Environmental Economics
Session 2C: Public and Monetary Economics
Session 2D: Accounting, Finance and Risk

Session 2E: Developmental Economics and Finance

4.45 PM

Award Presentation and Closing

Award Presentation and Closing Remarks

5.30 PM

End of Symposium

Symposium ends. See you again at the 8th AES