Doha, March 14th, 2015 - QNB, “One of the World’s Strongest Banks”, will host and be the main sponsor of the prestigious International Institute of Finance (IIF) Spring Membership 2015 Meeting to be held in Qatar on March 15th& 16th at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Doha.
Global and regional Keynote speakers, along with approximately 700 delegates, will attend and address the diverse range of discussion topics incorporated within this important Financial Services gathering and amongst them are: H.E. Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, Qatar, H.E. Ali Shareef Al Emadi, Minister of Finance, Qatar, H.E. Sheikh Abdulla bin Saoud Al-Thani, Governor, Qatar Central Bank, Qatar, ,Ali Al-Kuwari, QNB Group Chief Executive Officer, Ben Kruger, Group Chief Executive, Standard Bank, Luis Maria Linde, Governor, Bank of Spain and other prominent speakers from around the globe.
Mr. Ali Al-Kuwari, QNB Group Chief Executive Officer said: “As the host and lead sponsor of the meeting, QNB has been working closely with IIF to coordinate this year’s meeting that features an impressive and influential line-up of industry experts and public sector officials”.
“We are confident that this gathering of elite experts, opinion-formers and decision makers will strive to provide more innovative financial solutions to address the evolving and pressing economic requirements of future and current generations “Added Mr. Al-Kuwari
Mr. Tim Adams, CEO of The Institute of International Finance said; “We are excited to host our Spring Membership Meeting in Doha and thank QNB for being our hosts and lead sponsor. This event will be a unique opportunity for IIF members and public sector officials to discuss global oil market volatility, global financial stability, and other issues critical to our industry.”
The importance of these meetings stems from the fact that it brings together a significant number of the IIF’s global membership drawn from approximately 70 countries worldwide. These members are a mix of opinion formers and decision makers operating within a wide spectrum of key financial sectors. These include commercial and investment banks, asset management, insurance companies, sovereign wealth funds, hedge funds, central banks and development banks.
The IIF members and their meetings aim to support the financial industry in the prudent management of risks; to develop sound industry practices; and to advocate for regulatory, financial and economic policies that are in the broad interests of its members, foster global financial stability and sustainable economic growth.
The IIF meeting in Doha will cover issues central to the ongoing global finance industry agenda, with a particular focus on current fluctuating developments in the oil markets, their resultant impact on the global economy, and potential geopolitical implications.
A key and important session within this year’s comprehensive programme will be the MENA discussion which will examine the highly fluid situation in the region and outline the key challenges facing policy makers and market participants. Presentations and discussions will look at possible paths to economic stability and the restoration of growth across the entire region. Integral to this discussion will be a parallel session that examines the topics of the structural shift in the current global energy market and its impact on the global economic recovery, the role of OPEC, and the surge in US shale oil and the implications of this on Middle East budgetary and economic development plans.
QNB currently operates in more than 26 countries across 3 continents. It is the biggest bank in Qatar and was voted “One of the World’s Top 50 Safest Commercial Banks” by Global Finance Magazine in 2014.