Date: 12th - 14th October 2020
ABOUT THE FORUM
The World Leaders Forum has become one of REDmoney’s annual seminal events. This event is tailored to provide an opportunity for the industry’s most influential figures to congregate and openly debate the most pressing issues facing the GCC Islamic finance block with a focus on the UAE.
The GCC is expected to be one of the key drivers in the expansion of Islamic finance with the governments of this coalition driving the growth of Islamic bonds with Sukuk — which is becoming a global instrument — issuance expected to reach US$120–130 billion.
The world has changed. How our industry - global Islamic banking, finance and investment - chooses to respond to these changes may be a generation defining moment. How can Islamic finance mobilize to address the imminent challenges of the real economy and provide not just liquidity support, but solvency support to the vital SME and corporate sector? Can Islamic finance use this opportunity to become truly responsible, inclusive and ethical? How can we as an industry ensure this is substance over form on a permanent basis? What opportunities do the UN Principles for Responsible Banking offer Islamic financial institutions, and what obligations and responsibilities to their stakeholders are placed on those institutions? How can the core values of Islamic finance be further applied to sustainable and socially responsible finance and investment strategies? We ask a respected panel for a new roadmap to success for Islamic banking, finance and capital markets.
What has changed for potential issuers since March and what new challenges do they now face? What specific factors will directly affect fixed income spreads in the coming 12 months and will we see restructurings, workouts and re-financings in the region? What do new Sovereign Sukuk issuers bring to the Gulf region; what structures, opportunities and risk tolerance will satisfy investors in the coming year, and how will issuers meet these requirements? What will we see with regional project and infrastructure finance and what liquidity is now available for large scale projects? What role do new technologies play in driving growth and innovation in capital markets? What role can pandemic and disaster recovery bonds play and how can Islamic finance solutions feature? How can Sustainable Development Goal 3 – promoting health and wellbeing – be made an achievable priority and what do SDG bonds, and potentially SDG Sukuk, offer?
What are the major challenges and opportunities facing regional banks in their digitization programs and strategies for the adoption of financial technology? How is digitization within regional banks driving effective segmentation and the development of ever more efficient product delivery channels? What does deep-tech such as artificial intelligence and machine learning offer, who are the major players and how are they changing financial services in the region? Where and how can FinTech play a meaningful role in key Islamic financial activities such as Takaful, Zakat and Waqf?
Last Visit To Dubai
Date: 10th March 2019
Venue: Ritz Carlton DIFC, Dubai
Speakers: 30 Speakers
Returning in 2019, IFN will bring the World Leaders Summit, a one-day event designed to celebrate the latest developments and biggest achievements in the Islamic financial market space, to Dubai. The Islamic debt capital market space has gone from strength to strength to become a sought-after asset class not only for diversification but for performance and return, with global Sukuk issuance expected to reach US$90-100 billion by the end of this year.