BAHRAIN GEARING UP TO HOST 6TH GCC FINANCIAL FORUM

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Euromoney Conferences, the world’s leading organiser of conferences for cross-border investment and capital markets and co-host, The Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB), today announced the return of the GCC Financial Forum. The sixth annual event, which has grown to become the leading conference for financial services in the GCC since its inception in 2012, will take place in Manama on 27 and 28 February 2017.

600 financiers, economists, investors, bankers and policy makers are expected to attend the Forum to debate and discuss how the Gulf countries can fund their future.

Khalid Al Rumaihi, Chief Executive of the Bahrain Economic Development Board, said:

“Diversification agendas across the GCC are generating exciting new opportunities for the private sector to offer sustainable solutions. In Bahrain, where financial services are the second largest contributor to the economy, we are particularly committed to working with the industry to facilitate sustainable long-term growth. Bringing together representatives from across industry and government, the GCC Financial Forum provides decision-makers with a unique platform to share the ideas that will shape the region’s response to the challenges and opportunities ahead, and we are delighted to be working with the Forum for a sixth consecutive year.”

Commenting on the Forum, Victoria Behn, head of Middle East and Africa at Euromoney Conferences said: “We are proud to host the GCC Financial Forum for the sixth consecutive year in partnership with the Bahrain Economic Development Board and we are excited to present a significantly upgraded event for 2017. Our flagship Forum has uniquely established itself as a truly international gathering which provides an ideal platform for financial experts, business leaders and policy-makers to exchange ideas, develop new contacts and participate in informed, impartial and leading-edge discussions.”

“This year, our objective is to look at how the financial markets in the Gulf are evolving, to examine the region’s financing challenges and to explore how the creation of vibrant and innovative approaches to financial intermediation can provide effective solutions to these challenges.”

Topics to be discussed at the event will include; the impact of global political events on the economic outlook; oil market dynamics with regards to demand, pricing and supply scenarios; fiscal strategy on tax, fees, non-hydrocarbon revenues; liquidity constraints, the financial sector outlook; capital markets development; Fintech and innovation in payments; the role of private capital and the search for new sources of funding.

Euromoney Conferences invites interested participants to join the debate and to voice their opinions on the conference themes on Twitter, using the hashtag #emGCC. For further information and to view the 2017 agenda, please visit the Euromoney Conferences website: http://www.euromoneyconferences.com/bahrain.html

Euromoney Conferences, since the late 1970s has been the world’s leading organiser of high-level financial and investment conferences.  The conference business grew out of Euromoney, the strategic magazine of international finance, money and capital markets that has long been regarded by the banking and investment community as the leading publication in its field. Euromoney has held conferences in over 65 countries worldwide.