CIBAFI-IIF launches initiative on Islamic finance

Manama: The General Council for Islamic Banks and Financial Institutions (CIBAFI), the global umbrella of Islamic financial institutions, has announced the launch of its new Executive Programme, Global Developments and Strategic Insights, in collaboration with the Institute of International Finance, the leading global association of financial institutions.

The two day specialised training course has been specifically designed for Board members and C – suit executives in the Islamic Financial Services Industry (IFSI) and will be held in Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain on the 29th and 30th of September 2015. It is the second in a series of Executive Programmes that are being organised by CIBAFI in response to member feedback calling for Executive Programmes on Strategic industry issues.

“We are extremely pleased to be working in collaboration with CIBAFI on our first joint Executive Training Program. Although the IIF have historically focused on the topic of Islamic Finance in its membership meetings and financial summits, this launch commemorates the first Executive Training Program dedicated to Islamic Finance,” Commenting on the programme, Kate Hudson, Director of Global Training at the IIF, said.

The programme will provide a strategic perspective on the key issues facing the Islamic Finance sector and will feature a diverse array of industry experts who will share their insights and thought leadership on creative approaches and innovative strategies to industry challenges. Topics on the programme agenda include the global macroeconomic outlook, key regulatory developments impacting the sector, product development, corporate governance, and anti-financial crime strategy. The course will conclude with a panel discussion exploring the key risks facing Islamic Finance today.

“We are very pleased to offer this unique programme in collaboration with the IIF. This, our second, specialised executive programme, is in line with our overall organisational strategy to develop and enhance the Islamic financial services industry, and comes in response to members requests for executive programmes that tackle relevant industry issues,” Abdelilah Belatik, Secretary General of CIBAFI, said.

The programme is set to feature a diverse array of executive industry practitioners and expert speakers who will share their insights and experiences with one another while developing best practice approaches to the topics.

“We are excited to partner with CIBAFI to bring a successful training programme that focuses on key topics in Islamic Finance. The launch of this relationship is particularly important and timely as it is in direct response to the recent requests of our mutual members,” Hudson, added.

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