DOHA – International finance leaders, along with representatives of Qatar’s key institutions, are set to meet in Qatar in November to discuss some of the critical issues facing the global economy, and the key next steps that banks will need to take to stay competitive.
According to recent research from the IMF, the global economy is gradually picking up speed, supported by long-term low interest rates, strong central bank support and buoyant stock markets. However, a range of factors – including low inflation, low growth rates in Western economies and slower growth in emerging economies – pose significant risks for longer-term development.
The next Euromoney Qatar Conference, “Global finance: re-launched”, will provide in-depth analysis of both the risks and opportunities of the current period.
Global insight will be provided in some of the opening sessions, including an address by SarkisYoghourtdjian, Assistant Director of Banking Supervision and Regulation, at the Board of Governors of the U.S. Federal Reserve System.
To provide a local perspective, a session at the event –“Understanding the Next Phase of the Qatari Economic Story”–will examine Qatar’s infrastructure, core investments, transportation, real estate and capital in the global market.
This year’s conference is the third in a three-year programme to chart the role of Qatar in the emerging global financial system. In total, 10 central bank governors have participated since the conference series was launched in 2012, including Fahad Al Mubarak (SAMA), ZetiAkhtar Aziz (Bank Negara Malaysia) and Sultan bin Nasser Al Suwaidi (the outgoing governor of the Central Bank of the UAE), reflecting the global perspective of the event.
Richard Banks, Regional Director, Euromoney Conferences, said: “In just three years, Euromoney Qatar has grown into a truly global event, bringing together leading players and thinkers in finance from around the world. Our third event is set to be the best in the series so far, offering high-level analysis at a critical time for the global economy.”
This year, prominent speakers from Qatar include Ali Sharif Al Emadi, Minister of Finance, State of Qatar, and Sheikh Abdullah Bin Saud Al Thani, Governor, Qatar Central Bank, and representatives of Qatar’s largest financial group, QNB.
International speakers – including Bruce Fenton, President and Managing Director, Atlantic Financial Inc., and Iain Stewart-Linnhe, Global Regulatory and Compliance Specialist – will examine current discussions around regulation, innovation and growth, and ask whether the next financial crisis is already brewing.
“Global finance: re-launched” is being co-hosted by Qatar Central Bank, with Qatar Financial Markets Authority (QFMA) as supporting body.Senior lead sponsor is Qatar National Bank, co-sponsor is Jersey Finance, with associate sponsors Masraf Al Rayan and Qatar First Bank, and Qatar Finance and Business Academy is set to exhibit.