The 24th World Islamic Banking Conference (WIBC) is kicking off today under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, the Prime Minister of Bahrain, and will be on until December 6th, at the ART Rotana Hotel in Amwaj.

The forum is considered to be one of the largest and most prestigious gatherings for Islamic banking and finance leaders. Over 1,300 people have participated in the forum which includes global industry leaders, policymakers, innovators, and stakeholders.

The Islamic Banking Conference is organized by the Middle East Global Advisors in strategic partnership with the Central Bank of Bahrain. This year’s forum will be under the theme of “Drivers of Economic Growth & Risks: Policymakers & Regulators,” where it aims to provide participants with insights on how to breakthrough and navigate their ways through the global financial systems.

Abdul Hakeem Alkhayyat, Managing Director, and CEO, KFH Bahrain, speaking on behalf of WIBC’s Platinum Partner said: “We are proud to sponsor the World Islamic Banking Conference. The event aims to provide a shared platform for the Islamic Banking and Finance industry professionals in the region to deliberate at length on key challenges and opportunities affecting the industry. The event, among other things, will deliver the latest advances in technology, thought leadership and intelligence. We hope the 24th edition of the conference continues to add great value to critical issues in the global arena of Islamic Banking.”

There are going to be a plenty of interesting and informative talks during the WIBC 2017. These include a conversation with a distinguished Islamic finance veteran – Adnan Ahmed Yousif, Chief Executive and President of Al Baraka Banking Group, on the future course of the Islamic economy. In addition to a session with renowned Shari’ah Scholar Sheikh Nizam Yaquby on Centralized Shariah Boards, Shariah Standardization and Fostering New Generation of Sharia Experts. There’s also going to be a panel on harnessing digital technologies to stay relevant, as well as a CEO Debate focused on increasing the market share and geographical footprint of Islamic banks.

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Furthermore, there are going to be some awesome announcement from Thomson Reuters, where they’ll be releasing two of their major financial intelligence reports: The Islamic Finance Development Report & The Islamic Commercial Law Report 2018, arming the industry with critical insights going forward.

For more information about the forum, read here.

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