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Dubai Forward attracts international financial professionals

Dubai International Financial Centre is proudly sponsoring the second edition of Dubai Forward.

Dubai Forward organised by the Swiss group, Academy & Finance, in partnership with Mashreq Private Banking, has received tremendous interest and participation from international financial professionals who will be in Dubai on February 23 – 24, 2015, at Mina A’ Salam Hotel in Dubai, to gain deeper insight into the current and future legal and regulatory position of Dubai as a financial centre.

“This year the participation has not only gained strength from countries such as Switzerland, Luxembourg, Monaco and Cyprus, but is also seeing a marked interest from banking decision makers from Latin American countries, making this a far more global conference”, said André-Valéry Bordes, CEO, Academy & Finance.

“Dubai International Financial Centre is proudly sponsoring the second edition of Dubai Forward, a strategic annual conference for high-level professionals from Europe, the Middle East, Africa and South Asia region to discuss the latest legal and regulatory developments supporting financial services firms operating in Dubai, as well as the ease of providing asset management, private banking and wealth planning services from the emirate,” said Arif Amiri, Deputy CEO of Dubai International Financial Centre Authority.

Aiming to bridge the gap between Dubai authorities and regulators with many local and international participants, the agenda of the conference is designed to provide comprehensive strategic information and address some of the most crucial topics that will highlight the opportunities in Dubai as a financial centre as well as shed light on the current and future initiatives being taken by the government to enhance the legal and regulatory framework. The audience will be addressed by eminent panellists who have phenomenal experience and understanding of developments such as:

• Dubai’s role in private banking
• Automatic exchange of information
• Investing in the growth of Dubai
• Choosing between onshore and UAE free zones
• Banking platforms
• Use of offshore companies
• Distribution of financial products

“In fact, a major strength of Dubai as a hub is its ability to keep evolving in terms of infrastructure, policy and outlook. In the next few years, as we move closer to the Expo 2020, there will be unprecedented opportunities for international and institutional investors across a number of industries and services. The new economic direction of Dubai enables financial services providers to move closer to emerging markets and to the next level of growth.”
”Conferences such as Dubai Forward are catalysts for exchange of strategic information between international professionals with the local authorities whilst showcasing the Emirate as a leading financial centre; this is in line with Dubai FDI’s core objective of supporting and guiding foreign businesses in the Emirate.” said Fahad Al Gergawi, Chief Executive Officer, The Dubai Investment Development Agency (Dubai FDI), an agency of the Department of Economic Development in Dubai.