New Strategies for New Economic Realities:
More than 1,200 industry leaders attend WIBC
to scope new directions in Islamic finance

As financial markets begin to move towards stabilisation and economic recovery, the 16th Annual World Islamic Banking Conference (WIBC 2009) broke all records as industry leaders gathered in force to debate the new strategies for new economic realities. The hugely successful WIBC 2009, the first major global post-crisis gathering in the industry, wrapped-up on the 8th December 2009 with a positive tone of cautious optimism as more than 1,200 senior decision-makers from over 50 countries sought new growth paradigms as markets started to move from recession to recovery.

The WIBC Competitiveness Report: The Financial Crisis and the Way Forward
A critical reference source for industry decision makers, providing strategic insights from McKinsey & Company.

The WIBC Competitiveness Report 2009/10, produced in collaboration with McKinsey & Company was officially launched during a special plenary session at the 16th Annual World Islamic Banking Conference. Now in its 6th annual edition, this year's Report was highly anticipated given recent developments in the financial markets. (Read more)

International Industry Awards Winners: Celebrating Excellence

The winners of the prestigious WIBC Islamic Banking Awards were recognised at an impressive gala dinner ceremony on the 7th December 2009. Presented by H.E. Rasheed M. Al Maraj, the Governor of the Central Bank of Bahrain, the WIBC Awards are among the oldest and most prestigious in the world.
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Major Industry Deals and Announcements at WIBC 2009

  1. The signing of a new MoU between the Monetary Authority of Singapore & the Central Bank of Bahrain

  2. Press Conferences: First-Hand Breaking News

    Khalijia Invest, a Shari'ah-compliant investment company headquartered in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia unveiled its new corporate name and logo at the 16th Annual WIBC. Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector held a press conference showcasing the business and investment opportunities available in the Republic of Tatarstan.

  3. The World Comes to WIBC: International Country Pavilions

    WIBC 2009 featured a fully-fledged Bahrain pavilion hosted by BAB & EDB and the UK Pavilion hosted by UKTI. The pavilions showcased the leading institutions in these 2 countries. The Governor of Singapore's Central Bank and his officials also hosted Singapore@WIBC, a showcase of Singapore's financial sector and developments in Islamic finance.

  4. Interactive Networking Roundtables

    The country focus roundtable featured experts representing new growth markets for Islamic Financial Services with a special focus on Bahrain, Japan, Italy, France, India & China.

    The UKTI Roundtable featured stimulating discussions on UK perspectives on development, growth and the future outlook of Islamic Finance in the new economic landscape.

    A series of informal discussion roundtables also focused on major issues facing the Islamic finance industry. Industry leaders engaged each other in a selection of stimulating topics, in an informal and interactive environment.

  5. "The Black Swan at the 16th Annual WIBC"

    WIBC 2009 featured a keynote speech by

    Nassim Nicholas Taleb
    Author of The New York Times bestseller
    "The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable"

Don't Miss WIBC 2010!

Given the huge success of WIBC 2009, planning is already underway for the 17th Annual WIBC 2010. Mark your calendar now to attend the 17th Annual World Islamic Banking Conference, which will be held at the Gulf Hotel, Bahrain from the 22 to 24 November 2010.