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5 reports to be launched at the world's largest Islamic finance event

10.11.2016 Share

WIBC 2016 is all set to be the intelligence platform for exclusive report launches in Bahrain 

The 23rd World Islamic Banking Conference along with the strategic support of the Central Bank of Bahrain, will be home to the launch of insightful intelligence reports that will speak volumes to the global Islamic banking and finance industry. The conference will take place on the 5, 6, 7 December 2016 at the ART Rotana Hotel, Amwaj Islands in Bahrain.

WIBC is known to be the leading platform providing research-based practical insights to serve the Islamic finance, banking and insurance industries of the high growth MENASEA markets. In 2015, WIBC launched not less than 8 intelligence reports; 4 Country Reports by Thomson Reuters, a report by EY, WIBC’s very own Finance Forward Outlook Report and Simply Sharia’s Human Capital Report.

This year, WIBC will set the stage for 5 groundbreaking reports by 3 global organizations that will deliver pragmatic analytics and perceptions of various segments in the industry.

Thomson Reuters, WIBC’s longstanding partner for over a decade, will be launching 3 reports at the conference. Focusing on the 2017 perceptions of the Sukuk markets, Thomson Reuters will launch the 5th edition of the Thomson Reuters Sukuk Perceptions & Forecast 2017. The report will provide an in-depth analysis on primary and secondary markets from a practical point of view that are of appeal to the financial market based on primary empirical data from key investors and lead arrangers.

The second report by Thomson Reuters is The Bahrain Islamic Venture Capital Report that will serve as a catalyst for building a venture capital ecosystem in Bahrain and will offer a guide into some of the regulatory and market infrastructure needed to support venture capital in Bahrain and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.

The final report by Thomson Reuters will be an analytical tool that will serve as an annual barometer assessing the development of the Islamic finance industry worldwide. The Islamic Finance Development Report this year, examines the key statistics and trends across 124 countries through five indicators that are deemed to be significant for the development of the US$2 trillion Islamic finance industry.

In addition to Thomson Reuters' involvement, global professional services organization, EY, will introduce their contribution to technology in finance by launching their report on Banking in the Emerging markets. EY’s Global Islamic Banking Center (GIBC) will be publishing a report on the Financial Technology (FinTech) industry focusing on the GCC region and will provide an overview of the global Islamic banking sector and highlight the business opportunities offered by FinTech innovations, while taking into consideration the GCC banking sector’s views on FinTech. The theme this year will be GCC FinTech Play 2017.

Gender disparity will also be one of the major themes that will be addressed at the conference in the Women in Finance session. Simply Sharia - leaders in Islamic finance recruitment and knowledge and sponsors at WIBC - will launch their version of this theme in the Simply Sharia Women in Islamic Finance report. The report will explore female participation, inclusion and development across all levels of the Islamic finance industry. The first of its kind, this report will celebrate the accomplishments and achievements of women in the industry. 

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The World Islamic Banking Conference (WIBC) has established its reputation as the world’s largest and most influential gathering of international Islamic banking and finance leaders for over two decades. With the strategic support of the Central Bank of Bahrain, the next generation WIBC will focus on transforming Islamic finance into a global proposition by facilitating strategic opportunities, addressing systematic challenges and connecting international market players and institutional investors to the industry's catalysts, thought leaders, partners and institutions.

For over two decades, WIBC has served as a key platform for bankers, institutional investors, asset managers, policymakers, academics and other stakeholders within Islamic finance and banking from key markets such as Luxembourg, the United Kingdom, the Middle East, Sudan, Nigeria, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and other Asian growth markets. Over the years it hosted globally renowned leaders such as Sir Howard Davies, Former Chairman of the European Central Bank, Professor Robert Kaplan of Harvard Business School, Nicholas Naseem Taleb, the author of “The Black Swan,” and Dr. Mark Mobius, Emerging Markets Guru and Executive Chairman of Templeton Emerging Markets. With its strong focus on cutting edge content, WIBC remains the strategic event for staying ahead of the innovation and technology forces that will shape the Islamic financial services industry in the near future.
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With the rise of FinTech disrupting the traditional banking sector, E Squared has been initiated to integrate the developments of financial technology in the MENA region. Over the past decade, FinTech has become a prominent sector within the global startup scene, with investments tripling over the last few years. As the world’s financial systems continue to become more interconnected, there is a demand for better technology to link these systems. Partnering with the Bahrain Economic Development Board, this event will further establish an entrepreneurial ecosystem, which will give rise to new digital and tech startups in Bahrain.

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