5 reports to be launched at the world’s largest Islamic finance event

5 reports to be launched at the world’s largest Islamic finance event

WIBC 2016 is all set to be the intelligence platform for exclusive report launches in Bahrain
The 23rd World Islamic Banking Conference along with the strategic support of the Central Bank of Bahrain, will be home to the launch of insightful intelligence reports that will speak volumes to the global Islamic banking and finance industry. The conference will take place on the 5, 6, 7 December 2016 at the ART Rotana Hotel, Amwaj Islands in Bahrain.

WIBC is known to be the leading platform providing research-based practical insights to serve the Islamic finance, banking and insurance industries of the high growth MENASEA markets. In 2015, WIBC launched not less than 8 intelligence reports; 4 Country Reports by Thomson Reuters, a report by EY, WIBC’s very own Finance Forward Outlook Report and Simply Sharia’s Human Capital Report.

This year, WIBC will set the stage for 5 groundbreaking reports by 3 global organizations that will deliver pragmatic analytics and perceptions of various segments in the industry.

Thomson Reuters, WIBC’s longstanding partner for over a decade, will be launching 3 reports at the conference. Focusing on the 2017 perceptions of the Sukuk markets, Thomson Reuters will launch the 5th edition of the Thomson Reuters Sukuk Perceptions & Forecast 2017. The report will provide an in-depth analysis on primary and secondary markets from a practical point of view that are of appeal to the financial market based on primary empirical data from key investors and lead arrangers.

The second report by Thomson Reuters is The Bahrain Islamic Venture Capital Report that will serve as a catalyst for building a venture capital ecosystem in Bahrain and will offer a guide into some of the regulatory and market infrastructure needed to support venture capital in Bahrain and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.

The final report by Thomson Reuters will be an analytical tool that will serve as an annual barometer assessing the development of the Islamic finance industry worldwide. The Islamic Finance Development Report this year, examines the key statistics and trends across 124 countries through five indicators that are deemed to be significant for the development of the US$2 trillion Islamic finance industry.

In addition to Thomson Reuters’ involvement, global professional services organization, EY, will introduce their contribution to technology in finance by launching their report on Banking in the Emerging markets. EY’s Global Islamic Banking Center (GIBC) will be publishing a report on the Financial Technology (FinTech) industry focusing on the GCC region and will provide an overview of the global Islamic banking sector and highlight the business opportunities offered by FinTech innovations, while taking into consideration the GCC banking sector’s views on FinTech. The theme this year will be GCC FinTech Play 2017.

Gender disparity will also be one of the major themes that will be addressed at the conference in the Women in Finance session. Simply Sharia – leaders in Islamic finance recruitment and knowledge and sponsors at WIBC – will launch their version of this theme in the Simply Sharia Women in Islamic Finance report. The report will explore female participation, inclusion and development across all levels of the Islamic finance industry. The first of its kind, this report will celebrate the accomplishments and achievements of women in the industry.

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