Saudi Arabia is one of the most active and influential markets in the Islamic finance space today and certainly the biggest in the Gulf. With landmark steps including the opening of Tadawul to foreign investors, the potential for access to the Saudi debt market and booming asset classes including IPOs, real estate and project finance, a growing number of issuers are coming to market and the overall investment scene is growing dramatically.
Our exclusive access to the movers and shakers who matter make IFN Saudi Arabia Forum the essential event for anyone with interest in the Saudi market. IFN returns to Saudi Arabia for the sixth time and IFN Saudi Arabia Forum 2017 is slated to attract global market players eager to gain access to the highly lucrative Saudi Arabian market. With its solid regulatory framework and firm foundation in Islamic banking, the Saudi Arabian market will continue to prosper and innovate.
09:00 – 09:15
09:15 – 09:30
09:30 – 10:15
Islamic Finance and Banking in Saudi Arabia: 2017 and Onwards Saudi Arabia is embarking on ambitious transformation, diversification and privatisation programs. What will Vision 2030 mean for the financial services industry? What will the Kingdom’s diversification program offer and what will be the future influence of the oil price? What role can Islamic finance play in the Kingdom’s National Transformation Program 2020 initiative and what is the outlook for the sector across key business areas? We ask the industry’s elite to share their views.
10:15 – 10:45
The Saudi Arabian Capital Markets: From Domestic to International The Saudi Aramco listing, the Saudi Sovereign – conventional tranche and Sukuk – are acknowledged game changers in the Saudi Arabian capital market. However, what needs to be done to further align governance and risk management standards that will shape the Kingdom as a recognised international financial centre, and where can Islamic finance play a role?
10:45 – 11:15
11:15 – 11:25
Presentation: Real Estate Investment Trusts
11:25 – 11:35
11:35 – 12:00
Ethical, Sustainable and Responsible Finance, Investment and Development in Saudi Arabia With interest in responsible investing and sustainable development ever increasing, Islamic finance products that are also ethical and sustainable offer financial institutions and asset managers an opportunity. We look at the buy-side as well as the potential offered by capital raising instruments such as Green Sukuk.
12:00 – 12:30
The Future of Human Capital in the Saudi Arabian Islamic Finance Industry Human capital development is among the biggest challenges faced by the Islamic finance industry today. How can the sector grow Islamic finance literacy rates? We identify the issues and discuss solutions.
12:30 – 13:00
Preparing for the Future: Financial Technology in Saudi Arabia What does the advancement of technology mean for financial institutions in Saudi Arabia? We analyse opportunities and threats as well as likely industry shifts and developments in product and delivery channels