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Euromoney showcases strategic opportunities


For more than 40 years, Bahrain has been regarded as the Gulf’s financial capital with over 400 financial institutions licensed by the Central Bank of Bahrain. The Kingdom has also established itself as a regional leader in a range of sectors, such as banking, insurance, asset management and Islamic Finance.  
This made the Kingdom the natural host for the 2016 Euromoney GCC Financial Forum, which took place at the Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay on 23rd-24th February. Organised by Euromoney Conferences and co-hosted by the Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB), the event comprised of a series of keynote interviews, panel discussions and networking opportunities.
Over 500 delegates from international, regional and local financial communities heard from leading financial experts, economists, bankers and policy-makers on the regional and global market environments, as well as the strategic opportunities across several fields including:
  • Capital markets
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Shared services, outsourcing and technology
  • Islamic finance
  • Wealth Management
Speakers included Mr. Gazi Ercel, former Governor of the Central Bank of Turkey, Mr. Jackson Tai, Independent Non-Executive Director of the Bank of China and MasterCard, HE Mr. Rasheed Mohammed Al Maraj, Governor of the Central Bank of Bahrain, and Mr. Mahmood Hashim Al Kooheji, Chief Executive of Mumtalakat.
Speaking before the event, Mr. Khalid Al Rumaihi, Chief Executive of the EDB, said: “We are delighted to be hosting the GCC Financial Forum again this year – at a time of change for the regional and global economies, events such as this are all the more important in finding ways of addressing challenges and continuing to take advantage of the opportunities in the GCC.”
“Despite the fluctuations in today’s global markets, the underlying strengths of the Gulf economy mean that we continue to see interest from international investors who want to gain exposure to the region’s encouraging long term prospects. The calibre of speakers and attendees at the GCC Financial Forum provide an excellent opportunity for those people to gain deeper insights into those opportunities.”