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Event to focus on strategic opportunities in regional and global financial services against background of volatile oil prices.

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Euromoney Conferences, the world’s leading organiser of conferences for cross-border investment and capital markets, today announced that the Kingdom of Bahrain is preparing to host the fifth GCC Financial Forum on 23rd and 24th February 2016 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Manama.

Euromoney Conferences will once again co-host the Forum with the Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB), and will welcome more than 500 delegates from the international, regional and local financial communities.

Against a background of a sustained fall in oil prices and tightening regional liquidity, the Forum’s discussions will enable regional and global financial services providers to re-appraise their business strategies. Key themes to be addressed include: regional and global market outlook for financial services; strategic opportunities in capital markets; wealth management; shared services, outsourcing and technology; Islamic finance, and hydrocarbons industry strategy.

Euromoney Conferences is delighted that H.E. Mr. Rasheed Mohammed Al Maraj, Governor of the Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB) will participate in an open ‘town-hall’ style discussion at the upcoming event. Delegates will be encouraged to participate in this interactive session and to put their questions directly to the Governor.

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Commenting on the Forum, Victoria Behn, Director, Middle East for Euromoney Conferences said, “The GCC Financial Forum has grown to be one of the region’s leading financial services strategy events.  Now in its fifth year, the Forum faces a market that is undergoing a profound structural shift. We will bring together an impressive line-up of speakers – which will include financial experts, economists, investors, bankers and policy makers – to discuss how organizations can successfully navigate the ongoing challenges in financial markets as well as how to identify and exploit the opportunities in the current economic environment. We extend our sincere gratitude to the Economic Development Board and our valued sponsors for their support.”

Khalid Al Rumaihi, Chief Executive of the Bahrain EDB, said: “We are delighted to be hosting the GCC Financial Forum again this year – at a time of change for the regional and global economies, events such as this are all the more important in finding ways of addressing challenges and continuing to take advantage of the opportunities in the GCC.

“Despite the fluctuations in today’s global markets, the underlying strengths of the Gulf economy mean that we continue to see interest from international investors who want to gain exposure to the region’s encouraging long term prospects. The calibre of speakers and attendees at the GCC Financial Forum provide an excellent opportunity for those people to gain deeper insights into those opportunities.”

For further information and to view the 2016 agenda, please visit the Euromoney Conferences website: www.euromoneyconferences.com/bahrain.html. Proceedings from the 2015 conference are available to watch in the ‘Past Videos’ section on the event webpage.

Euromoney Conferences invites interested participants to join the debate and to voice their opinions on the conference themes on Twitter, using the hashtag #emGCC.

Since the late 1970s Euromoney has been the world’s leading organiser of high-level financial and investment conferences. The highest profile delegates meet the highest profile speakers at Euromoney events and offer business leaders and decision-makers the opportunity to exchange ideas, develop new contacts and participate in informed, impartial and leading-edge discussions. The conference business grew out of Euromoney, the strategic magazine of international finance, money and capital markets that has long been regarded by the banking and investment community as the leading publication in its field. Euromoney had held conferences in over 65 countries worldwide.

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