THE MIDDLE EAST ASSET MANAGEMENT FORUM (MEAMF 2016) PARTNERS WITH SECURITIES & INVESTMENT COMPANY (SICO), TAKAUD SAVINGS AND PENSIONS B.S.C., 3I INFOTECH AND BAHRAIN INSTITUTE OF BANKING & FINANCE (BIBF) FOR THE FORTHCOMING INTERNATIONAL GATHERING IN BAHRAIN

MEAMF 2016 is an essential platform for asset and wealth management industry leaders to connect on the issues that are driving change in the regional investment markets and will be attended by delegates representing key investment centres from across the world.

Bahrain has established strong credentials as a major financial and investment hub for the MENA region with more than 400 banks and financial institutions operating in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Bahrain competes with the rest of the GCC by offering a relatively lower cost alternative with a skilled labour force, and this positive business environment is reflected in Bahrain’s high ranking in the 2015 Index of Economic Freedom where the country placed 18th in the world, as well as in a relatively strong performance in the World Bank’s 2015 ease of doing business at 65 out of 189 countries.

Against the dynamic backdrop, The Middle East Asset Management Forum (MEAMF 2016) is being held under the patronage of the Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB) and with the support of the Bahrain Asset Managers Association (BAMA). Combining a highly innovative and interactive format with world-class speakers and more than 200 international delegates, MEAMF 2016 will tackle the most pressing questions that will drive the ongoing progress of the asset management industry across the rapidly evolving markets in this region. MEAMF 2016 will take place on the 30th & 31st of May at the Gulf Hotel in the Kingdom of Bahrain, under the theme “The Road Ahead in the MENA Investment Industry.

MEAMF 2016 is delighted to announce partnerships with Securities & Investment Company (SICO) as Investment Funds Partner; Takaud; and 3i Infotech as Affiliate Partners; and Bahrain Institute of Banking & Finance (BIBF) as Knowledge Partner.

David McLean, President of UK-based Ethico Live, the co-conveners of MEAMF 2016, said ahead of the event:

“We are delighted to be working on this important new initiative in Bahrain with the CBB, one of the region’s most respected regulators. Bahrain has a long tradition of playing a leadership role in the development of the regional financial industry and we would like to thank the CBB for their role in driving this new initiative and for their patronage of MEAMF 2016. The regional asset management industry is at a very exciting juncture in its evolution and we look forward to some powerful discussions on the road ahead for the MENA investment industry. In addition, we would like to express our gratitude to the Bahrain Asset Managers Association for their support and we are also delighted to welcome many of the leading players in the regional and international investment industry to MEAMF 2016 as partners, speakers, delegates and exhibitors”.

The Middle East Asset Management Forum 2016 opens on Monday the 30th of May with a series of keynote speeches focused on strengthening the regional asset management industry delivered by respected figures such as: Abdul Rahman M. Al-Baker, Executive Director of the Central Bank of Bahrain; Dr. Ahmed Al Jawhary, the Chairman of the Bahrain Asset Managers Association; Farah Foustok, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Lazard Gulf Ltd; Nabil Hamadeh, the Chief Executive Officer of Capital Growth Management WLL; and Shakeel Sarwar, the Head of Asset Management at SICO.