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Date: 17th & 18th September 2015 Venue: Sofitel Abidjan Hotel Ivoire
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Africa is one of the last great horizons for Islamic finance. Although the potential has long been recognized by the industry and its institutions; geopolitical barriers, civil unrest and regulatory limitations have hitherto inhibited its full flowering. However, in recent years the pace has picked up: with supranational development agencies supporting nations across the breadth of Africa to develop their legislative and regulatory frameworks, it has encourage the advent of Islamic institutions and innovations, while enabling the issuance of Sukuk to stimulate the public sector spending.

As the third-fastest growing region in the world, outside interest is also gaining momentum with the continent an increasingly attractive destination for Shariah compliant FDI and trade between Africa and OIC countries across the rest of the world gaining compelling momentum.

As nations as diverse as Sudan, Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire, Mauritania, Djibouti, Morocco, Tunisia and many more begin to bloom into their full potential, the eyes of the Islamic world are turning towards Africa. Against this landscape of exciting opportunity, IFN is delighted to announce a landmark Forum, to be held in Abidjan on the 17-18th September 2015, in association with the Islamic Development Bank ,the Government of Cote d'Ivoire and the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector.

This exclusive, invitation-only event is designed specifically for the benefit of local and international market players to explore the development opportunities in Islamic finance both in the Cote d’Ivoire, locally and regionally – concentrating on building the market and exploring its exceptional potential through inward investment and international collaboration.

Leveraging the industry-leading expertise and experience of REDmoney Events and Islamic Finance news, the distinguished audience will include regulators, bankers, lawyers, consultants, scholars and a comprehensive array of expert practitioners from around the world with a stake in the evolution of the African Islamic finance industry.

Key Highlights:

  • High level regulatory sessions with senior representatives across key African markets
  • A focus on cross border collaboration for investment and capital-raising
  • Outlook for Shariah-compliant fund raising and public private partnerships
  • Opportunities for investment in Africa’s rapidly developing SME sector

 

Agenda

Day 1: Thursday, 17th September 2015

09:00 – 10:45
Opening and Keynote Speeches

Keynote Speeches:
Albert Toikeusse Mabri Abdallah
– Governor, Islamic Development Bank & Senior Minister of State, Planning & Development, Cote d’Ivoire
Khaled Al Aboodi –
Chief Executive Officer, Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector
Cheikh Hadjibou Soumare – President of the Commission, West African Economic & Monetary Union (UEMOA)  
Dr Sidi Ould TahDirector General, Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA)

 
10:45 – 11:00
Launch of ICD Report: Islamic Finance in Africa: A Promising Future
 
11:00 – 11:30
Coffee & Networking
 
11:30 – 12:30
A Global View of Islamic Finance and Shariah Compliant Transactions
Global Islamic finance thought leaders share their vision on what the Islamic finance landscape will look like in 2016 and what trends are expected in global Sukuk transactions.
  • Which markets are likely to lead and which sectors will flourish?
  • What can investors expect from the Islamic investment environment in the next five years?
  • What structures, trends and assets will drive future Sukuk transactions in Africa and globally?
  • Rise of sovereign Sukuk in non-Muslim jurisdictions: What impact will this have on corporate Sukuk pipelines in these markets?
Moderator: Nida Raza – Director & Head of Advisory, Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector
Panelists: Ahsan Ali – Managing Director & Head of Islamic Origination, Standard Chartered Bank
Fabrice Toka
– Senior Director, Fitch Ratings, South Africa
Nabil Marc Abdul Massih – Chief Executive Officer, INOKS Capital
Mohamed Hamra-Krouha – Partner, Clifford Chance
Professor Dr Rifaat Ahmed Abdel Karim – Chief Executive Officer, International Islamic Liquidity Management Corporation
 
12:30 – 13:15
Panel Session: Africa’s Blueprint for Islamic Finance Development
Africa holds great potential in becoming the largest Islamic finance hub in the world. This session aims to highlight government initiatives in promoting Islamic finance in key African nations and the role of regulators in developing opportunities for foreign investment and the development of Islamic banking in Africa.

Moderator: Madani M. Tall – Chief Executive Officer, MMT Conseils & Strategies, Senegal
Panelists: Dr Sidi Ould Tah – Director General, Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA)
Mory Soumahoro – Secretary General, Conseil Regional de l'epargne Publique et des Marches Financiers (Regional Council of Public Savings and Financial Markets)
Tiemoko Meyliet Kone – Governor, Central Bank of West African States
 
13:15 – 14:30
Luncheon
 
14:30 – 15:30
The Africa Roundtable
As Africa makes great strides in becoming a viable Islamic investment destination, its various regulatory bodies and markets have embarked on specific missions to ensure its success. This crucial roundtable session will explore the immense prospects and challenges that lie ahead in achieving this vision.
  • What opportunities will Africa create for the global Islamic finance industry?
  • What sector-specific development can be expected and what is the growth strategy for Islamic banking in Africa?
  • What is in the pipeline for Shariah compliant infrastructure and project finance in Africa?
  • How can the Islamic finance industry contribute towards poverty alleviation in Africa?
Moderator: Fatimatou Zahra Diop – Board Director, International Financing Facility for Immunisation, Former Secretary General, Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO)
Panelists: Anouar Hassoune – Head of Research and Strategist for MENA, The Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ
Babacar Ndoye
– Chief Executive Officer, Tamweel Africa
Masud Balogun – Legal Counsel, Lotus Capital, Nigeri
 
15:30 – 16:30
Developing Cote D’Ivoire as a Shariah Compliant Investment Destination
  • Significance of new regulations on Cote D’Ivoire’s Islamic finance industry
  • Emerging Economy: Advancing the National Development Plan through Islamic finance
  • Prospects for corporate Sukuk issuances and other Shariah compliant transactions
  • Outlook for inward investments and public private partnerships: Key sectors and asset classes
Moderator: Ibrahima Cheikh Diong – Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Africa Consulting & Trading, Senegal
Panelists: Abdourahmane Cisse – Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office in charge of the Budget, Cote d’Ivoire
Andrew Alli – Chief Executive Officer, Africa Finance Corporation
Musa Sillah – Director, Dakar Regional Office, Islamic Development Bank
 
16:30 – 17:15
Coffee & Neworking
 
17:15
End of Day 1
 
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Day 2: Friday, 18th September 2015

09:00 – 09:10
Welcome Remarks
 
09:10 – 10:00
Application of Shariah Compliant Tools to SME financing and Microfinance: Successes and Challenges in Implementation
  • What opportunities exist and how do we bridge the gap between supply and demand in the African SME landscape?
  • What is needed to spur investment in the SME sector?
  • Islamic microfinance funds: Lessons learnt from other jurisdictions
Moderator: Ibrahima Cheikh Diong – Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Africa Consulting & Trading, Senegal
Panelists: Niale Kaba – Minister to the Prime Minister in charge of Economy & Finance, Cote d’Ivoire
Dr Basheer Oshodi – Group Head, Non-Interest Banking, Sterling Bank, Nigeria
Madani M. Tall – Chief Executive Officer, MMT Conseils & Strategies, Senegal
Nida Raza – Director & Head of Advisory, Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector
 
10:00 – 10:15
Presentation: Opportunities for Investments in SMEs in Africa
Nabil Marc Abdul Massih
– Chief Executive Officer, INOKS Capital
 
10:15 – 10:45
Coffee & Networking
 
10:45 – 12:00
Roundtable: Human Capital: What Does the Industry Really Need: Developing a New Generation of Islamic Bankers
  • Developing a skilled workforce to support the rapid development of Islamic finance in the region
  • How do current industry professional standards support the new generation of bankers and what needs to change?
  • How will the industry address the human capital challenge globally and within Africa?
Moderator: Dr Celia de Anca – Director, Saudi-Spanish Centre for Islamic Economics & Finance, IE Business School
Panelists: Dr Abdel Aziz Mustafa – Director, Corporate Support, Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD)
Dr Boubacar Baidari – Director General, Centre Africain d’Études Supérieures en Gestion (CESAG)
Dr Eddy Chong Siong Choy –Director of Accreditation,  Finance Accreditation Agency
 
12:00 – 12:45
Trade Finance in Africa: Prospects, Opportunities and Challenges 
  • Recent trends and opportunities in the development on trade finance in Africa
  • What are the constraints in meeting the demands of trade finance in Africa and how will multilateral support assist in this?
  • What is the outlook for bank-intermediated trade finance in Africa and will the development of Islamic finance in Africa help in promoting this?
  • Opportunities for the development of Shariah compliant trade finance platforms and activities
Moderator: Cassim Docrat – Director, DDCAP(DIFC), UAE 
Panelists: Boubkeur Ajdir – Director of Projects, IFAAS
Nabil Marc Abdul Massih – Chief Executive Officer, INOKS Capital
Stefan Nellatamby – Director, Financial Sector Development, African Development Bank
Yazan Al Nasser – Chief Products Officer, Tawreeq Holdings
 
12:45 – 12:55
Closing Remarks
 
12:55
End of Forum
 

 

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LEAD PARTNERS

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ASSOCIATE PARTNERS

Tamweel Africa Holding S.A
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Banque Islamique de Mauritanie
Banque Islamique du Niger
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