World Islamic Banking Conference (WIBC) announces landmark 25th edition

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The World Islamic Banking Conference (WIBC), a three-day long forum will take place on November 26th, 27th and 28th in the Kingdom of Bahrain. The conference is held under the patronage of HRH Prince Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa, The Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain and with the strategic partnership of the Central Bank of Bahrain. Middle East Global Advisors (MEGA), a leading financial intelligence platform facilitating the development of knowledge-based economies in the MENASEA markets will convene the 25th anniversary edition of their flagship offering at the ART Rotana Hotel in Amwaj Islands.

Over 1300 global industry powerhouses, policy makers, innovators and stakeholders will converge for the three-day long forum that is spearheading a series of discussions gravitating around the theme of “Islamic Finance & Sustainable Economic Growth in the Age of Disruption” in line with its steady vision to serve as a compass for the global Islamic finance and banking industry.

Middle East Global Advisors Chairman Ehsan Abbas said “For over 25 years, WIBC has helped forge a robust ecosystem to widen the scope of Islamic finance to meet new realities, whilst staying true to its ideals.”

The 25th WIBC will focus on how Islamic finance can build on its global value proposition as a means of strengthening the financial sector.”

A true flag bearer for the conference and its ethos year-on-year, His Excellency Rasheed Mohammed Al Maraj, Governor, Central Bank of Bahrain, will showcase his support for the event by delivering the keynote address at the 25th World Islamic Banking Conference, with the vision of furthering the ecosystem for Islamic finance entities to thrive and grow globally.

The key features for WIBC  include Governors’ Addresses; High-profile Regulatory Debate among Central Bankers; a conversation with a distinguished Islamic finance veteran on the future course of the Islamic economy, The Regulations Power Table on fostering synergies among regulators, standard setters and global financial regulatory authorities to further Islamic Finance;  Panel discussions focusing on sustainable, equitable & inclusive growth, FinTech, new horizons for Islamic finance, cross-jurisdictional issues on Sharia standards & practices and much more.

Industry leaders will also be recognized for their excellence through the WIBC Performance Awards 2018, the nominees of which will be announced weeks before the November event, and the winners at the Gala Dinner on November 27.

Confirmed speakers at the 25th edition include: H.E. Rasheed Mohammed Al Maraj, Governor, Central Bank of Bahrain; H.E. Shaikh Mohamed bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa, Minister of Oil, Kingdom of Bahrain; H.E. Dr. Bandar M. H. Hajjar, President, Islamic Development Bank; Adnan Ahmed Yousif, President & Chief Executive, Al Baraka Banking Group; Insaf Galiev, First Deputy Chief Executive, Tatarstan Investment Development Agency; Issam Abousleiman, Regional Director, GCC Countries, World Bank Group; Peter Kruschel, Director, Federal Financial Supervisory Authority & Nurlan Kussainov, Chief Executive Officer, Astana International Financial Centre Authority, among others.

The partners for the WIBC 2018 include Casablanca Finance City Authority, Ithmaar Bank, Khaleeji Commercial Bank (KHCB), World Gold Council, Thomson Reuters, Al Baraka Banking Group, Bank of Khartoum (BOK) International, First Energy Bank, Bahrain Islamic Bank (BisB), Emerico, Moody’s Investor Service, The Perth Mint, Fitch Ratings, Baker McKenzie, Eiger Trading, Department for International Trade – British Embassy Bahrain, Sadad & GPS.


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