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The Inaugural Africa Islamic Finance Forum


Press Release: The Inaugural Africa Islamic Finance Forum by the Cote d’Ivoire Government and the Islamic Corporation for the Development of Private Sector (ICD)


JEDDAH, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 19 September 2015/ —  To be held on the 17th and 18th September at the Sofitel Abidjan Hotel Ivoire, the inaugural Africa Islamic

Finance Forum 2015 is designed specifically for the benefit of local and international market players to explore the development opportunities in Islamic finance both in the Cote d’Ivoire, locally and regionally – concentrating on building the market and exploring its exceptional potential through inward investment and international collaboration. 

The two-day event will feature extensive discussions capitalizing on investment opportunities in key African markets. The event will commence with keynote addresses from the governor of the IDB and senior minister of state, planning and development, Cote d’Ivoire; the CEO of the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector; the president of the West African Economic and Monetary Union; the director-general of the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa; and the president of the IDB, followed by an official opening ceremony by the president of Cote d’Ivoire.

The first day of the intellectual discourse will deliberate on a global overview of Shariah compliant transactions and the industry as a whole followed by a session on Africa’s blueprint for Islamic finance development. An exclusive roundtable will discuss Africa’s value proposition, opportunistic venture and the healthy pipeline of infrastructure and project finance in the country, while the last segment elaborates on initiatives in developing Cote D’Ivoire as a Shariah compliant investment destination. This is then followed by a closing keynote address by the prime minister of Cote D’Ivoire. 

The second day of this prestigious event kicks off with a panel discussion on the application of Shariah compliant tools to SME financing and microfinance, followed by a special presentation by INOKS Capital on investments opportunities in African SMEs. The later session feature another roundtable on human capital, with a specific focus on what the industry really needs in relation to developing a new generation of Islamic bankers, while the last dialogue concentrates on prospects, opportunities and challenges of trade finance in Africa. 

The Africa Islamic Finance Forum 2015 is a must-attend event for all industry stakeholders as it provides an unparalleled platform for networking opportunities as well as the centre stage to be at the very forefront of Africa’s flourishing Islamic finance sector. 

Speakers confirmed for this event are:


•    Alassane Ouattara – President, Cote d’Ivoire


•    Daniel Kablan Duncan – Prime Minister of Cote d’Ivoire


•    Albert Toikeusse Mabri Abdallah – Minister of State, Planning & Development, Cote d’Ivoire & Governor, Islamic Development Bank


•    Niale Kaba – Minister to the Prime Minister in charge of Economy & Finance, Cote d’Ivoire


•    Abdourahmane Cisse – Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office in charge of the Budget, Cote d’Ivoire


•    Amadou Boubacar Cisse – Senior Minister, Minister of Planning, Republic of Niger


•    Cheikh Hadjibou Soumare – President of the Commission, West African Economic & Monetary Union (UEMOA)


•    Dr Sidi Ould Tah – Director General,  Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA)


•    Tiemoko Meyliet Kone – Governor, Central Bank of West African States


•    Christian Adovelande – President, West African Development Bank


•    Mory Soumahoro – Secretary General, Conseil Regional de l’epargne Publique et des Marches Financiers (Regional Council of Public Savings and Financial Markets)


•    Fatimatou Zahra Diop – Board Director, International Financing Facility for Immunisation, Former Secretary General, Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO)


•    Dr Ahmad Mohamed Ali Al-Madani – President, Islamic Development Bank


•    Khaled Al Aboodi – Chief Executive Officer, Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector


•    Abdoulaye Bio Tchané – Board Chairman, African Guarantee Fund & Chief Executive Officer, Alindaou Consulting


•    Professor Dr Rifaat Ahmed Abdel Karim – Chief Executive Officer, International Islamic Liquidity Management Corporation


•    Andrew Alli – Chief Executive Officer, Africa Finance Corporation


•    Dr Abdel Aziz Mustafa – Director, Corporate Support, Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD)


•    Ahsan Ali – Managing Director & Head of Islamic Origination, Standard Chartered Bank


•    Amadou Boubacar Cisse – Senior Minister, Minister of Planning, Republic of Niger


•    Anouar Hassoune – Head of Research and Strategist for MENA, The Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ


•    Babacar Ndoye – Chief Executive Officer, Tamweel Africa


•    Dr Basheer Oshodi – Group Head, Non-Interest Banking, Sterling Bank, Nigeria


•    Dr Boubacar Baidari – Director General, Centre Africain d’Études Supérieures en Gestion (CESAG)


•    Cassim Docrat – Director, DDCAP(DIFC), UAE


•    Dr Celia de Anca – Director, Saudi-Spanish Centre for Islamic Economics & Finance, IE Business School


•    Dr Eddy Chong Siong Choy – Director of Accreditation,  Finance Accreditation Agency


•    Fabrice Toka – Senior Director, Fitch Ratings, South Africa


•    Fadi Salim Al Faqih – Chief Executive Officer, Bank of Khartoum, Sudan


•    Hajara Adeola – Managing Director, Lotus Capital, Nigeria


•    Hani Othman Baothman – Chief Executive Officer, Sidra Capital, Saudi Arabia


•    Ibou Diouf – Senior Transport Specialist, World Bank


•    Ibrahima Cheikh Diong – Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Africa Consulting & Trading, Senegal


•    Kader Merbouh – Director of the Executive Master Islamic Finance & International Cooperation Officer – MENA Zone, Universite Paris-Dauphine, France


•    Madani M. Tall – Chief Executive Officer, MMT Conseils & Strategies, Senegal


•    Nabil Marc Abdul Massih – Chief Executive Officer, INOKS Capital


•    Nida Raza – Director & Head of Advisory, Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector


•    Owolabi Odekunle – Partner, Kola Awodein & Co., Nigeria


•    Qudeer Latif – Partner & Global Head of Islamic Finance Practice, Clifford Chance, UAE


•    Stefan Nellatamby – Director, Financial Sector Development, African Development Bank


•    Taibou Mbaye – Executive Partner, Mazars, Senegal


•    Zakiyoulahi Sow – Sukuk Program Manager, Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector


Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD).

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