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Dubai has recently unveiled a major new strategic push to establish itself as the global hub of the Islamic economy. This initiative will seek to create an integrated platform that will better align Islamic finance instruments, Takaful, Islamic contracts arbitration, the Halal food industry, plus trade and quality standards, while creating an officially sanctioned Shari’ah supervisory council. It is expected that this bold blueprint will create a significant new growth impetus for Islamic finance as the industry becomes better connected to the real economy. Shari’ah-compliant alternatives have become increasingly attractive among the investment community, corporate end-users, consumers and intermediaries, with the Middle East, which accounts for nearly 60% of global Islamic banking assets, clearly positioned as a key nerve centre of Islamic finance and broader Islamic industries.
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It is against this dynamic backdrop that the 4th Annual Middle East Islamic Finance & Investment Conference (MEIFIC 2014) will be convened to specifically focus on the new opportunities and challenges that are forging the Islamic banking, finance and investment landscape in the region. To be held on the 16th of April 2014 at the Dusit Thani Dubai, MEIFIC 2014 will focus on providing a powerful platform for industry players seeking to further build their presence in the dynamically evolving Middle East markets for Islamic finance and to explore emerging opportunities for convergence with broader Islamic industries and even greater integration with the real economy, which will further increase the momentum of growth.
Recent research indicates that key markets in the Middle East are now set for a new growth surge. The leading Islamic finance players are positioning themselves to capture the myriad of opportunities that will emerge from changing dynamics driven by a strengthening economic environment and new government investment programmes. This high-growth trajectory is being further supplemented by new strategic initiatives to align and integrate Islamic finance within the broader Islamic economic eco-system, including significant industries such as Halal foods. Industry leaders are now taking practical steps towards capitalising on the next growth phase for Islamic banking in the region.
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The high-profile platform where international leaders tackle the big picture issues, the Keynote Plenary Sessions are highly valued by delegates and play a significant role in generating new strategic insights into industry trends.
By utilising the investigative talents of the cream of professional interviewers as our session Moderators, such as BBC HARDtalk’s Tim Sebastian & Nima Abu Wardeh of BBC’s Middle East Business Report, we really probe the issues from all angles and ensure that it’s not just another “talk shop”. Interactive debate between panelists and delegates is expertly facilitated by the Moderator often resulting in groundbreaking new insight.
This is an innovative session designed to generate lively debate as industry leaders debate the burning issues in the industry.
The exhibition runs alongside the conference and provides a showcase for latest developments in the industry, new financial services product launches and innovative solutions, with an emphasis on improving efficiency and performance.
“In the last few years, the Islamic finance industry surpassed the average growth rate achieved by conventional banking and the overall financial industry. This suggests that Islamic finance holds the potential to play a key role in fuelling the growth of a holistic Islamic economic model. Recognising the benefits of an Islamic economy, our wise leader His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, recently announced his vision to transform Dubai into the hub for Islamic economy. Our strategic initiative at the Awqaf and Minors’ Affairs Foundation seeks to enhance the protection and development of endowment assets to ultimately realise Dubai’s vision. I am delighted to be a part of MEIFIC 2013, which comes at an appropriate time to help industry players exchange best practices and forge partnerships to drive the achievement of our leadership’s vision.”
H.E. Tayeb Abdulrahman Al Rais, Secretary General, Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation
“The Islamic finance industry is currently witnessing rapid transformation and continues to undergo significant change as the market moves from its niche status and gains a stronger foothold as an integral part of the financial system. With the rapid internationalization of Islamic finance and new jurisdictions – even non-Islamic, now embracing Islamic finance, the industry is experiencing even stronger growth momentum, especially given the increasing awareness of Islamic finance and its benefits of being more closely linked to real economic activities. The Middle East has been at the centre of Islamic finance activity and the region is viewed as one of the more mature markets. With a young, fast-growing population; robust macroeconomic factors and the boost in government spending and large infrastructure projects, major economies in the region, particularly the UAE, are witnessing promising signs of economic growth and it is now time for the region to further grow their Islamic finance capabilities. In addition to developing sophisticated products, improving distribution channels, which would certainly assist in increasing the market share of Islamic finance, the real opportunity is to create an integrated Islamic economic system by further strengthening the linkage of Islamic finance to real economic activities. As a leading industry player, ADCB Islamic Banking is delighted to support the annual Middle East Islamic Finance and Investment Conference and we look forward to discussing new growth opportunities for Islamic finance in the region.”
Amr Al Menhali, EVP, Head of Islamic Banking, ADCB Islamic Banking
“The global Islamic banking and finance industry has been on a steady and consistent growth path with the Middle East being its nerve centre. Though the industry has built a wealth of opportunities and options for investors over the last decade, a lot more still has to be done in order for the industry to successfully compete with their conventional counterparts. The Islamic finance industry in the Middle East is at a crucial evolutionary phase. Regardless of the current socio-political concerns facing some markets in the Middle East, there is large untapped liquidity available at the disposal of investors in the region and it is critical that the Islamic finance industry realizes this potential and utilizes the opportunity to ensure stronger growth for the industry in the region. The theme for this year’s Middle East Islamic Finance and Investment Conference “Building the Islamic Economy”, points at this tremendous opportunity and we hope that the discussions at this important event will seek to build a new growth path for Islamic banking and finance in the Middle East.”
Moinuddin Malim, Chief Executive Officer, Mashreq Al Islami
“Dubai and the United Arab Emirates already occupy an enviable position when it comes to the development of the Islamic economy and its multiple sectors. Besides being the birthplace of contemporary Islamic finance, Dubai is in a leading position to capitalise on its existing strengths as the third most popular travel destination for global Muslims, one of the top three primary sukuk issuance sources and immense logistical influence over the halal food processing and logistics market via DP World that commands 60 cargo terminals across six continents. Yet, the Islamic finance industry has not fully capitalised on the links between the various Islamic economy sectors and Shari’a compliant capital, in line with the comprehensive vision of the Islamic economy that His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister and Vice President of the UAE and the Ruler of Dubai. The industry has immense potential to capitalise on the value that could be generated by identifying the full value chain in areas such as Halal food processing through a structured and well executed strategy. I am delighted to take part in the 3rd Annual Middle East Islamic Finance and Investment Conference (MEIFIC 2013) and I look forward to discussing with my esteemed panel how we can build on His Highness’ vision and foresight and forge stronger linkages and strategies for an integrated Islamic economy.”
Dr. Sayd Farook, Global Head Islamic Capital Markets, Thomson Reuters
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