First World Islamic Finance Summit on 21st

KARACHI: The first World Islamic Finance Summit 2011 will be held on September 21-22 in Pakistan, the organisers announced at the curtain raising ceremony on Thursday.

The theme of the two-day summit is “Islamic finance growth and opportunities”. Renowned speakers would deliberate on the subject at the summit.

“The objective of the summit is to bring together industry leaders, academicians, think-tanks, Shariah scholars, regulators and policymakers where participants would get an ideal platform to have fruitful discussions and knowledge sharing with delegates, participating from Pakistan and overseas,” said Syed Shahjahan Salahuddin, Managing Director, Conferences and New Initiatives.

Syed Shahjahan Salahuddin said that the summit is also aimed at providing a forum for the government and the private sector organisations to promote the opportunities for investment in Islamic financial instruments and gain greater understanding of the challenges faced by the two sectors.

The summit is organised in joint efforts of the industry players and the regulators with the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) as supporter, Bank Alfalah as its lead partner, Albaraka Islamic Bank as the co-lead partner, besides IBM as the technology partner.

Pak Qatar Takaful Limited, Faysal Bank Limited and Askari Bank Limited as the partners, Meezan Bank Limited as the technical partner, Riphah International University as the technical affiliate, Khushhali Bank Limited, MCB Bank Limited, Bank of Khyber, First Women Bank Limited, National Bank of Pakistan and Pak-Kuwait Limited will the sponsors for the summit.

According to a statement, the summit will have seven panel discussions, including a CEO Power Table and a 60-minute Shariah dialogue that will be delivered by high industry experts.

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