Roundtables

2015
Islamic Project Financing: A New Path
December 2015

The Middle East is a hotbed for project financing opportunities: with a thriving infrastructure pipeline, an established energy industry and of course a vast field of petrochemical and utilities projects, among others. As the sector gathers pace and sophistication, priorities are also beginning to shift towards a more conscious attitude regarding clean energy, green business and environmental awareness – especially as the economic and geopolitical challenges in the region and globally cast a shadow over potential progress. As the industry develops, IFN asks, how will this new path impact project finance in the Gulf going forward?

Sukuk and the Islamic capital markets
May 2015

Backed by rising liquidity and sound financials, Dubai as become a hotbed for investors – domestic and international – looking to take advantage of the region’s growing economy and increasing curiosity among local issuers and investors on the prospects of Shariah compliant finance. How has or will Dubai attract issuers (both domestic and international) to use Dubai as the issuing center?

2014
What does the future hold for the Takaful industry in Indonesia?
November 2014

In September 2014 a group of regional and international experts gathered together at the Shangri-La Hotel in Jakarta to conduct a high-level discussion on the future of the Indonesian Islamic insurance industry. With a broad range of perspectives including from the regulatory, practitioner, reTakaful and observer angles, the debate was wide-ranging and rewarding, with lively interaction and valuable collaboration between the parties.

Dubai Islamic Economic Roundtable 2014 SERIES 6
November 2014

The search for human capital poses significant challenges to organizations faced with the need for global managers with international experience, and qualified specialists with multi-functional expertise. Organizations must consider investing in human capital as a strategic target and an essential requirement for future success.

Dubai Islamic Economic Roundtable 2014 SERIES 5
October 2014

A group of leading industry experts recently gathered at the Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC) under the aegis of IFN and the Dubai financial authorities to discuss the current lack of a robust and material Islamic wealth management sector that can meet the needs of its high net worth clients and attract them away from the conventional arena.

Dubai Islamic Economic Roundtable 2014 SERIES 4
September 2014

A group of leading industry experts recently gathered at the Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC) under the aegis of IFN and the Dubai financial authorities to discuss the challenges and opportunities of building a global Shariah compliant trade finance network and the possibility inherent in creating a suite of products to service this goal.

Dubai Islamic Economic Roundtable 2014 SERIES 3
August 2014

A group of leading industry experts recently gathered at the Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC) under the aegis of IFN and the Dubai financial authorities to discuss the challenges and opportunities of liquidity management within the industry; to discuss the requirements needed to develop the short to medium-term instruments that the Islamic finance industry needs to manage liquidity; and to evaluate and identify potential solutions to develop the Islamic money market going forward.

Dubai Islamic Economic Roundtable 2014 SERIES 2
August 2014

On the 1st May 2014, a group of leading industry experts gathered at the Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC) to discuss the potential for Dubai’s rapidly developing Islamic debt capital market in the context of its wider Islamic economy ambitions and attempt to identify the key challenges and opportunities that currently exist in its path towards becoming a global hub for Sukuk.

CIMB Roundtable: Islamic Finance for CFOs
June 2014

In conjunction with the IFN Asia Forum 2014, Islamic Finance news held the first in a new series of Islamic finance-focused Roundtable discussions, sponsored by CIMB Islamic. A group of leading industry experts gathered together in a closed-door session to discuss the first in a series of broad yet crucial concepts designed to promote inclusion and participation in the wider industry. ‘Islamic Finance for CFOs’ aimed to create a roadmap for encouraging more corporates to tap the Islamic markets by identifying the key barriers, answering the key questions, addressing the primary concerns and suggesting the best methods for inclusion and awareness-buildin.

Dubai Islamic Economic Roundtable 2014 SERIES 1
May 2014

On the 30th April 2014, a group of leading industry experts gathered at the Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC) to discuss the strategy and prospects for Dubai to drive its ambitions as a global capital of Islamic economy. In October of last year Dubai's ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, announced a three-year program to promote Dubai as the leading global center for the Islamic economy, based on a framework of seven key pillars and supported by 46 strategic initiatives.

2014
London Roundtable
June 2013

Efforts by the UK government to introduce Islamic finance into the mainstream economy as an alternative investment mechanism are becoming more evident with the set-up of the UK Islamic Finance Task Force, and other government-led initiatives pioneered by TheCityUK as well as regulatory amendments to accommodate Shariah compliant transactions.