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IOUCRIS opening session underway with welcome speech by Dr Shafiqur Rahman


The opening session of IOUCRIS, 2022 commenced with a welcome speech by Dr Shafiqur Rahman, HOD IOU Department of Business Administration.

The Honorable Chancellor, the Vice Chancellor, the Deputy Vice Chancellor and Deans of International Open University (IOU), Keynote Speakers , distinguished guests, paper presenters and audience, Assalamu Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.
I am pleased to see that with the efforts of the conference organizing committee and support from almost all corners of the university, 2nd IOUCRIS 2022 is now a reality. I must appreciate the conference  participants for their efforts to prepare the research papers and power point presentations for the conference. My heartfelt thank goes to
everyone in the Conference Organizing Committee, Conference Secretariat and other key staff for their support round the clock.
Department of Business Administration has been given the responsibility of this conference. However, we have received support from other departments as and when needed. Heads of Departments or their
representatives will chair the sessions or respective tracks and sessions. This is a unique leadership role for the success of each session, specially for timely completion and presentation.

This conference has created an opportunity for collaboration and networking for research excellence, which is also the theme of this conference. Some authors collaborated with other colleagues to submit joint
research paper for this conference. There are many benefits to attend this conference. The audience or other presenters may bring new suggestions to your research work can create a new dimension, which you might
not have considered earlier. You may be contacted by other scholars to collaborate with you from another part of the world. Also, publishers may show interest in your work to publish it as a book chapter or propose
you to convert your research work into a full book.

Finally, I must thank the authors who have taken huge pains to prepare and have prepared their research papers to submit them for this conference. I also appreciate the initiatives and support from our co-organizer of this conference, the Directorate of Research and Publications.
I hope with the experience from this conference, we will be able to organize bigger and better conferences in the coming days, Insha’Allah.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Shafiqur Rahman
Head of Department, Business Administration
International Open University, The Gambia