Kuwaiti investors are known as the most active foreign investors in the GCC market, and as a result, are heavily involved in investments in Europe and the US; the largest finance capitals of the world.
With a view to bring forth opportunities within Kuwait and draw investors into the country to support opportunities within the oil and gas and infrastructure sector, the IFN Kuwait Forum happening for the first time in 2014, is expected to attract issuers and investors into one of the GCC’s most vibrant markets, and gain the support of key players as well as government bodies and regulators as the Kuwaiti investment landscape evolves according to global market conditions and investors look to diversify their exposure to the west, and look at potential on a domestic scale and in the Middle East and Asia, in light of current events.
08:00 - 09:00
09:00 - 10:00
Opening Panel Session: Developing Kuwait as an Islamic Investment Center
10:00 - 10:20
Presentation: Meeting Kuwait's Infrastructure Needs through Islamic Project Finance
As Kuwait continues its rapid infrastructure development an abundance of opportunities exist for market players to fund housing, road, water and power projects through Shariah compliant project financing. This session will cover the trends, structures and opportunities available
Alex Saleh - Partner and Head of Kuwait Office, Al Tamimi & Company
10:20 - 10:35
Presentation: Enabling Regulations: Developing the Legal, Tax and Regulatory Landscape to Promote Inward Islamic Investment in Kuwait
In a bid to create a supportive environment for economic development the Kuwaiti government recently passed legislation to enhance corporate governance and encourage inward investment. What impact will this have on establishing a domestic Islamic investment market?
10:35 - 11:05
Coffee and Networking
11:05 - 11:50
Global Real Estate Roundtable: Opportunities for Kuwaiti Investors
Real estate projects currently underway in the GCC have been estimated to exceed US$1 trillion with Gulf nations accounting for approximately 87% of the investments. Investors in the Middle East are expected to spend a further US$180 billion in commercial real estate markets outside the Middle East over the next 10 years. As real estate continues to be a key driver for economies globally, what trends are expected to unfold in Shariah compliant financing to capitalize on and support this growth?
11:50 - 12:05
Presentation: US Real Estate Investment Opportunities for Islamic Investors
Isam Salah - Partner, King & Spalding, New York/Dubai
12:05 - 12:50
The Islamic Investment Landscape: Market Trends and Strategies for 2015
Investment experts and advisors offer their perspectives on potential growth sectors in the Islamic investment universe. What Shariah compliant investment instruments are available? Which classes and sectors will deliver favorable returns?
12:50 - 13:30
Investors Roundtable: Assessing Established and Emerging Islamic Investment Destinations
While established Islamic investment hubs such as Asia and the Gulf have been tried and tested new and emerging Islamic markets have much to offer investors looking for new opportunities and to diversify their portfolios. This session will offer a risk/reward analysis on key investment markets and what they have to offer Islamic investors.
13:30 - 14:30
14:30 - 16:30
The Kuwait Dialogue