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IFN Bangladesh OnAir Forum 2021

Keynote Address: Md Nazrul Islam, Deputy General Manager, Bangladesh Bank Presentation: Tengfu Li, Analyst, Financial Institutions Group, Moody’s Investors Services Brave New World: Islamic Finance in Bangladesh What does the Bangladeshi Islamic finance landscape look like in 2021 and what does the domestic Islamic finance ecosystem still require from regulators and market participants for it to flourish across multiple product areas and asset classes? With such measures in place, what would constitute success for Islamic finance in Bangladesh? How can regulatory, Shariah governance and legal frameworks be developed and implemented to support Islamic finance? Are current liquidity management tools for Islamic banks sufficient? Can Islamic finance, including Sukuk and syndication, be deployed to fund the Bangladeshi corporate and government-linked sector,…

IFN Morocco OnAir Forum 2021

System Restart: Islamic Finance in Morocco What does the Moroccan Islamic finance landscape, including Takaful, look like in 2021 and what does the domestic Islamic finance ecosystem still require from regulators and market participants for it to flourish across multiple product areas and asset classes? With such measures in place, what would constitute success for Islamic finance in Morocco? Do Moroccan Islamic banks face liquidity challenges and what funding alternatives are available for these institutions? What role is Islamic finance set to play in the recovery of the Moroccan economy and what is the mandate of the Central Guarantee Fund? Can Islamic finance, including Sukuk, be further deployed to fund the Moroccan SME, corporate and government-linked sectors, as well as…

The Real Deal: Green Financing Instruments and Sustainable and Responsible Investment

What do social, recovery and pandemic bonds offer and are these instruments effective and fit for purpose? Beyond credit, what types of vehicles will we see financing sustainable, social and humanitarian projects and what do Islamic finance structures offer? With Green bonds and Sukuk among the world’s fastest growing asset classes, what new and exciting opportunities do these structures offer? Do retail investors play a role? What is the evolution of disclosure requirements and regulatory frameworks for green issuers? What asset classes and investment strategies represent tangible transition from high to low or zero carbon and from ‘at-risk’ to sustainable? How do investors manage rapidly changing taxonomies, sustainability reporting and disclosure requirements and keep track of what investments can be…

Keynote Address & Policy, Regulation and Action – Managing Risk and Speeding the Shift to Sustainable and Responsible Finance

Keynote Address Sharifatul Hanizah Said Ali, Executive Director, Islamic Capital Market Development, Securities Commission Malaysia Policy, Regulation and Action – Managing Risk and Speeding the Shift to Sustainable and Responsible Finance We ask a respected panel to identify and discuss significant events and imminent major global shifts in policy, regulation, behaviour and activity, how these influence responsible and sustainable finance and the implications for investors and financial institutions. What is ‘Green Incentivization’, which regions and governments are driving this and how will it influence the financial landscape? Do we need standardized sustainability disclosure and reporting standards and should issuers of ESG ratings be made more accountable? If so, how? What is the impact of policy action by governments in the…

Financial Technology and Digitization in Oman

What are the major challenges and opportunities facing Omani banks in their digitization programs and strategies for the adoption of financial technology? How is digitization within local banks driving effective segmentation and the development of ever more efficient product delivery channels? What opportunities do Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology offer Islamic financial institutions and consumers in Oman? Where do crowdfunding and peer-to-peer lending potentially fit in the Omani financial system and what can be done to develop and nurture these important components? Where and how can FinTech play a meaningful role in key Islamic social financial activities such as Takaful, Zakat and Waqf? Moderator: Aisha Al-Kharusi, AGM – Head of Strategy and CSR, Alizz Islamic Bank Panelists: Firas Al Lawati,…

Funds, Infrastructure, Islamic Capital Markets and Responsible Finance Initiatives in Oman

Assessing the Omani Rial Sovereign Sukuk program and asking what it means for the Sultanate’s domestic capital market. How was the Oman’s first REIT received by the market? What do innovative equity-linked investment products such as Exchange Traded Funds offer local investors and what are the pros and cons of these and other passive investment tools? What can technology, particularly tools such as Blockchain, offer capital market innovation in Oman? 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? Lastly, we examine the Sultanate’s infrastructure requirements…

Back-to-Basics: How Islamic Finance Can and Will Flourish in Oman

The world has changed. How our industry - 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 in Oman use this opportunity to become truly responsible, inclusive and ethical, while at the same time contributing to the Sultanate’s growth and development? 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 in Oman? How can the core values of…

Keynote Address & Thinking Big: Islamic Asset Management and Real Estate Investment

Keynote Address Andrew Hauser, Executive Director for Markets, Bank of England Thinking Big: Islamic Asset Management and Real Estate Investment What influences the deployment of Shariah compliant capital, what do Shariah compliant institutional investors want and where do Sukuk, Islamic private equity, real estate and trade finance funds play a role? What is Shariah compliant capital investing into the UK real estate market demanding in terms of structure and asset class, and what represent potential post-pandemic targets and opportunities? What does a successful UK-domiciled Islamic REIT look like in terms of structure and mandate? Besides the use of effective endowment structures, agency arrangements and enhanced investment screening, what is the Shariah compliant asset and investment proposition? Finally, considering the current…

Keynote Address & Putting Islamic Finance to Work: Islamic Capital Markets, Sustainable & Green Finance

Keynote Address The Lord Mayor of the City of London, William Russell Putting Islamic Finance to Work: Islamic Capital Markets, Sustainable & Green Finance In times of stress do Sukuk offer some semblance of stability? What is the likely timetable and structure of the second UK Sovereign Sukuk and what will this mean for UK Islamic wholesale markets? What funding options do UK Islamic financial institutions have for satisfying regulatory capital and liquidity requirements, particularly in a stressed environment? What is the status of the Bank of England facility and what will it do? Where and how are technology and innovation disrupting traditional capital-raising channels? What do social, pandemic and disaster recovery bonds offer and how can Islamic finance solutions feature?…

Keynote Address & Here and Now: The Opportunity on Offer for UK Islamic Financial Services

Keynote Address John Glen MP, Economic Secretary to the Treasury and City Minister Here and Now: The Opportunity on Offer for UK Islamic Financial Services The world has changed. How the UK Islamic financial services industry chooses to respond to these changes may be a generation-defining moment. How can we use this opportunity to leverage our ethical lead and strengthen our position and service proposition in the wider UK market? 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? How can the wider community be enticed to take advantage of the Islamic financial services proposition based on our core…

Islamic FinTech: Is What We Did Yesterday Sufficient for Tomorrow?

Given its unique service proposition, has Shariah compliant financial technology fulfilled its undoubted potential? Has Islamic FinTech successfully leveraged on its significant and genuine comparative advantage, and if not, why not? What of Islamic FinTech’s readiness, suitability and agility to address and offer solutions to market-driven problem statements? Can Islamic FinTech build on its strengths in alternative funding channels such as P2P, as well as other initiatives designed to foster financial inclusion? If so, what does the next generation Islamic FinTech look like, how is it funded, managed and regulated, and how does it scale? What of activities such as Islamic WealthTech, PropTech and InsurTech? Will they ever reach scalability and be accessible by the masses? Times of significant volatility…

Keynote Address & Putting Islamic Finance to Work: Capital Markets, Sustainable & Green Initiatives

Keynote Address Adnan Zaylani Mohamad Zahid, Assistant Governor, Bank Negara Malaysia Putting Islamic Finance to Work: Capital Markets, Sustainable & Green Initiatives In the shadow of 2020 events, what role can social, pandemic and disaster recovery bonds play and how can Islamic finance solutions feature? In times of stress do Sovereign and corporate Sukuk offer some semblance of stability? What performance measurement tools and techniques are available to investors, and what do these tools tell us about current and imminent market conditions? What Shariah compliant funding options do Malaysian Islamic financial institutions have for satisfying regulatory capital and liquidity requirements, particularly in a stressed environment? How can Sustainable Development Goal 3 – promoting health and wellbeing – be made an…