Over 50 industry leading institutions partner
with the 16th Annual WIBC
Forging the Future of the Global Islamic Finance Industry

A record number of international and regional industry leading institutions are coming in full force to the 16th Annual World Banking Conference (WIBC 2009), further highlighting the importance of this year's gathering as industry leaders grapple with creating new strategies for new economic realities and chart a renewed growth path for the Islamic finance industry.

"Citi and the WIBC have a long standing relationship with the Middle East. By working together we believe we can share our breadth of global and local experiences with GCC businesses and provide them with a unique insight into how the investment industry is evolving, especially on the Shari'a-compliance front."

Steve Donovan, Managing Director, Head of Middle East, Global Transaction Services, Citi

Supported again this year by Central Bank of Bahrain, WIBC 2009 platinum strategic partners include Bahrain Islamic Bank, Citi, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank and IBM. Many other leading global institutions have also partnered with WIBC 2009, which will refocus the industry on sustaining growth in the context of the global economic crisis.

The 16th Annual WIBC 2009 will also feature an even more dynamic platform to explore exciting new growth opportunities emerging in key geographies from Asia to Europe and beyond.

Led by the UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), the official trade arm of the British government, the UK Pavilion will feature a high-powered delegation of decision-makers representing key banks and institutions in the UK who will come in full force again this year to showcase their capabilities at WIBC 2009.

WIBC 2009 will feature a fully-fledged Bahrain pavilion hosted by BAB further strengthening the role of Bahrain as a key centre of Islamic finance.