The 26th Annual World Islamic Banking Conference (WIBC) is all set to take place in December this year.
Held under the patronage of HRH Prince Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa, The Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain and the strategic partnership of the Central Bank of Bahrain, the flagship offering of Middle East Global Advisors (MEGA) is the largest and most prestigious gathering of Islamic banking and finance leaders in the world.
The event will take place from Dec. 2 to 4, 2019 at the Gulf Hotel in the Kingdom of Bahrain and will see over 1000 global industry powerhouses, policy makers, innovators and stakeholders will converge for the three-day long forum that will focus on the theme of “Mega trends in banking & finance” in line with its steady vision to serve as a compass for the global Islamic finance and banking industry.
Speaking about the conference, Ehsan Abbas, Chairman, Middle East Global Advisors said, “For over a quarter of a century, WIBC has been the definitive platform for C-level executives to discuss strategies to navigate the myriad complexities and subtle nuances of the global economy – and given the uncertain economic environment that we find ourselves in, these discussions will prove even more critical to better understand the shifting economic, demographical, technological and regulatory landscape.”
He added, “The conference this year will promote standardisation and harmonisation the Islamic Finance standards, value-creation via M&A and consolidation, sizing up the Sukuk market and 360-degree solutions to industry challenges,” he said.
As in earlier years, WIBC will also host a CEOs’ power table to discuss what keeps the CEOs awake at night. H.E. Godwin Emefiele, Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, will deliver the keynote address at the 26th WIBC, which will be followed by an on-stage interview with H.E. Rasheed Mohammed Al Maraj, Governor, Central Bank of Bahrain.
Industry leaders will also be recognised for their excellence through the WIBC Performance Awards 2019. This year’s performance awards will see a special award conferred on “Islamic Banker of the Year”.