About The Dialogue
Africa was the first continent into which Islam spread from SE Asia and is now home to almost one-third of the world’s Muslim population. Although interest in Islamic finance continues to spread across this diverse yet complex continent, it has remained a difficult market to penetrate.
With this in mind, the IFN Africa Dialogue & Report 2022, provides the perfect opportunity to reach the industry’s leaders in a convenient manner.
In collaboration with many of the continents’ regulators and associations, we will gather the region’s leading industry participants along with those with expertise in penetrating the African Islamic finance industry to understand the latest developments and opportunities.
Combining the hugely successful IFN Dialogues in Dubai and Saudi Arabia, and the IFN OnAir Roadshow, which has been developed over the past few years, the IFN Africa Dialogue, will encompass an extended 2½-hour, virtual Dialogue with industry leaders and regulators, discussing and identifying the market’s most pressing issues as well as emerging opportunities.
WHAT THEY SAID
The efforts of IFN in bringing together sustainable elements in Islamic finance and in driving the panel discussion toward blitz-scaling the current efforts in Islamic finance were truly commendable. Over the course of the entire session, the focus was on identifying a common sustainability playbook in the existing Shariah compliant Islamic financial structure. During this session, we discussed the significance of regulators, market players and the trends influencing the implementation of ESG pillars for Islamic finance. Panel discussions concluded with discussions on strategies for driving and converging sustainability to Shariah compliant Islamic finance structures in the future.
The panel discussion on Islamic sustainable and responsible investing brought together a good blend of stakeholders from various aspects of the industry including Islamic finance, sustainable investing, ESG advisory, insurance, banking, legal and projects. This made the discussion very interesting and insightful, bringing different perspectives to the table.
This prestigious event carried out interesting discussions on the Islamic finance landscape in Saudi Arabia and provided business networking opportunities for industry stakeholders. The analytical insights shared by the panelists into the development, growth and challenges of its constituent sectors, including Islamic banking, Islamic capital markets, Waqf and Islamic fintech are thought-provoking. I congratulate the organizers for successfully hosting this event in the globally largest Islamic finance industry by asset size.
We enjoyed participation from lawyers, bankers, regulators and clients at IFN Dialogue Riyadh. The quality was impressive, thanks to the good reputation and skills of the organizers. Over time, these events make a difference; our industry adapts and changes because our professional community stays more coherent because of these events.
IFN has done it again. Getting together Islamic finance influencers to assure the free flow of ideas and information. This is how innovations in our field are born. Bringing in the financiers from GCC, Europe and Southeast Asia is a great recipe for the effective distribution of intellectual products. Kudos to the organizers for a perfectly assembled event
An Introduction to 2022
2022 – READY TO REBOOT
The past two years have been difficult for many. For the first time in almost a century, the world ground to a halt, meaning minimal physical interaction, and a shuddering halt to B2B events as we knew them.
At REDmoney, we went online, building a new platform allowing us to deliver virtual events to our readers and followers around the world. And, although OnAir events don’t allow for face-to-face meetings and that personal interaction we all enjoy, there’s very much a place for them moving forwards, and this is recognized through the IFN OnAir Roadshow visiting a series of key markets in 2022.
However, with the opening of core markets and people returning to offices, we’re delighted to announce our 2022 physical Forum line-up too.
And, with our exclusive OnAir platform and the REDmoney.live portal, all physical forums will also be aired live to a global audience. This means larger audiences and greater participation, which is great news for all involved.
We begin with our coveted Awards Ceremonies in Dubai and Kuala Lumpur, serving their respective markets, followed by events in Nigeria, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Malaysia, Indonesia, Oman, and Saudi Arabia.
*All times below are Nigeria’s local time
For other time zones: UK -1 | Saudi Arabia +3 | Dubai +4 | Malaysia +7
10.05 – 10.15
10.15 – 11.45
Islamic & Sustainable Financial Services in Africa: A Golden Opportunity
- With ESG now driving financial innovation on the continent, what role will the symbiosis between Islamic finance and sustainable finance continue to play?
- How can financial institutions facilitate the development of financing and investment products that satisfy both green and Islamic credentials?
- With Sovereign Sukuk playing a leading role in African Islamic capital raising, what are the prospects for Islamic capital markets in Africa the coming year?
- What are investors seeking from Sukuk issuers in terms of innovation, structure, pricing and ratings, and what of other funding mechanisms such as syndicated lending and private placement?
- What is the evolution of Shariah compliant collective investment products available to investors, pension-holders and savers in Africa?
- With Africa as a favored existing investment destination, what are we seeing in the areas of Shariah compliant private equity and real estate investment, and are there further opportunities on the continent?
- With technology creating innovative Shariah compliant digital financial offerings what roles are being played by the new financial technology companies, as well as incumbent financial institutions?
- What products and business activities are still ripe for digital transformation in Africa and what of important activities such as microfinance?
- How will important ideas such as equity crowdfunding and peer-to-peer lending transform early and later stage Shariah compliant corporate funding, and what steps should regulators take to drive this exciting sector?
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About REDmoney Events
REDmoney events designs, organizes and hosts industry-leading conferences, forums, roadshows, seminars and dialogues focusing on the Islamic financial markets across a global, regional and national level. Leveraging an exceptional network of the industry’s elite and supported by the expertise of the REDmoney publishing and seminars divisions, REDmoney Events are able to provide access to a unique array of influential speakers, panellists and participants from a cross-section of the global industry to debate the most significant issues affecting the Shariah compliant financial markets.
REDmoney events are differentiated by their complimentary yet qualified attendance structure, ensuring the highest quality of both delegates and contributors. Comprehensive and cutting-edge, attendance ensures exclusive access to the leaders in their field across all sectors and markets.
The annual IFN Asia Forum has been the biggest event in the industry since its inception in 2006, attracting over 1,000 delegates annually. An annual line-up of Forums are also conducted across emerging markets and key jurisdictions. Included under REDmoney Events are the IFN Awards Ceremonies, which take place annually in Dubai and Kuala Lumpur, and attract more than 800 industry leaders.