Hosted by ISF and the Central Bank of Bahrain, the Middle East Asset Management Forum brings together senior level delegates from the asset management industry. The day will comprise of panel discussions and presentations featuring industry leading experts, regulators and analysts.
The event will be held at the Gulf Hotel. Upon receiving your confirmation email and delegate pass, you will be eligible to apply for a discounted room rate. To do so, please complete the Delegate Reservation Form and email a completed copy, as well as a copy of your delegate pass, to: email@example.com.
9am Keynote speech:
Central Bank of Bahrain – speaker TBC
9.30am Panel 1: Asset management market development
The first panel will examine recent trends and discuss the outlook for the local and regional (GCC/ MENA) asset management sector – where are new opportunities emerging?
10.10: Panel 2: regulatory update
A panel of local and international legal experts will discuss the interaction of global legal and regulatory developments on the MENA market. How will international initiatives impact the local market and how can they be harmonized with local rules?
10.50: Coffee break
11.20 Panel 3: GCC’s introduction of VAT from 2018
The six members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) aim to introduce a 5% value added tax (VAT) on goods and services from January 2018, eroding the region’s tax-free reputation. The move, long advocated by the IMF, will help diversify state income during a prolonged period of low oil and gas prices.
12.00 Panel 4: Western political turmoil – the out-look for asset management
The once seemingly inevitable EU transnational integration project is in trouble, with recessions, Brexit and the rise of nationalism. US President Donald Trump has vowed to rip up any trade agreement that does not put America first and has put elements of Dodd-Frank in doubt.
12.40 Panel 5: Outlook for emerging markets in the strong dollar era
Global growth is expected to accelerate this year, pushing up inflation and encouraging investors to take greater credit risk. The US dollar, already considered as overvalued by many, will likely strengthen further against emerging market currencies if US interest rates rise as predicted.
13.20 Networking lunch
14.40 Panel 6: Asset managers and service providers
Across the globe, asset managers are taking more control of pro-cesses from the front to the back office. This opens up opportuni-ties but also presents challenges for firms. This panel examines the evolving relationship between asset managers and service providers.
15.20 Panel 7: Blockchain and fintech
Fintech is becoming ever more important and distributed ledger technology, or blockchain, has the potential to revolutionise financial systems. This panel will discuss developments globally as well as projects underway in the GCC.
16.00pm Conference concludes
A full list of speakers will be released closer to the event.
The Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB) is a public corporate entity established by the 2006 CBB and Financial Institutions Law. It succeeded the Bahrain Monetary Agency, which had previously carried out central banking and regulatory functions since its establishment in 1973.
The CBB inherits the BMA's 33-year track record and wide range of responsibilities, including the implementation of the Kingdom's monetary and foreign exchange policies. The CBB also manages the government's reserves and debt issuance, issues the national currency and oversees the country's payments and settlement systems. It is the
sole regulator of Bahrain's financial sector, covering the full range of banking, insurance, investment business and capital markets activities.
The CBB's wide scope of responsibilities allows a consistent policy approach to be undertaken across the whole of the Kingdom's financial sector. It also provides a straightforward and efficient regulatory framework for financial services firms operating in Bahrain.
The Gulf Hotel Bahrain
Al Fateh Avenue, Bldg 11
Block 337 Al Fateh Highway