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Global Financial Markets Forum Kicks off Wednesday

Global Financial Markets Forum Kicks off Wednesday

  • UAE Central Bank Governor highlights benefits of local debt market
  • Distinguished speakers discuss future of European Union
  • Investor presentations feature top companies – Aldar / Sorouh to make joint Investor Presentation


Global Financial Markets Forum Kicks off Wednesday

Global Financial Markets Forum Kicks off Wednesday

Abu Dhabi (February 25, 2013) – The 2013 Global Financial Markets Forum (GFMF) kicks-off on Wednesday, 27th February 2013 at Abu Dhabi’s Emirates Palace, by speeches from renowned policymakers and continues with critical discussions on the most pressing issues impacting world economics.

GFMF, organised by the National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD), highlights Abu Dhabi’s rising influence in global financial affairs.

The two-day forum, which will feature several distinguished speakers, begins with the Welcome Address by H.E. Nasser Ahmed Alsowaidi, the Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development and Chairman of NBAD, followed by a keynote address by H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, UAE Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research.

David Milliband, former British Foreign Secretary, will deliver a keynote address titled: “Prosperity and Stability in Europe – UK Perspective.”

“The European Union has been one of the most critical news of the last two years; the block and its monetary system are at a crossroad. Our distinguished speakers’ explanation and analysis will not only provide guidance about the future of this block but also about the direction of the global economy,” says Mahmood Al Aradi, the Senior General Manager of NBAD’s Global Financial Markets.

In another keynote address, H.E. Sultan Bin Nasser Al Suwaidi, Governor of the Central Bank of the UAE, will highlights “Benefits of establishing local Debt Market in the UAE.”

“In addition to delivering great value to attendees, GFMF continues to raise Abu Dhabi’s standing and promote it as a global hub and an attractive destination,” said Sameh Abdulla Al Qubaisi, the General Manager of Corporate Coverage Group at NBAD’s Global Financial Markets.

Several CEOs of leading companies and banks will participate in a panel discussion on the impact of global challenges on UAE entities, and how UAE based companies are positioning themselves in the global context. The panelists include H.E Dr. Nasser Saif Al Mansoori, CEO of Etihad Rail, Abdulla Al Mazrui, Chairman – Al Mazroui Holdings and TNI, Simon Cooper, CEO of HSBC Middle East, Tony Douglas, CEO – Abu Dhabi Ports Company, and Carl Sheldon, CEO of TAQA.

David McWilliams, economist, broadcaster and author, will deliver a keynote address tilted “The European Outlook”.

Since the first GFMF in 2009, the forum has been an unrivaled event in bringing prestigious thinkers and policy-makers to Abu Dhabi to analyze and debate the most critical issues impacting economy and allow investors to benefit from the most effective evaluation of the fundamentals.

Day Two

2013 Global Financial Markets continues on Thursday, February 28, 2013. Michael Tomalin, the Group Chief Executive of NBAD will deliver the opening keynote on the second day of the GFMF.

In his keynote address, James A. Baker III, the former US Secretary of Treasury and State and a global statesman, will discuss agenda for growth after the great recession while Lawrence McDonald, author of “A Colossal Failure of Common Sense: The Inside Story of the Collapse of Lehman Brothers”, will discuss the bond bubble.

Leading bankers and economists will participate in panel discussions on financial markets and banking.

The 2013 Global Financial Markets Forum (GFMF) will be available virtually via the state-of-the-art AvayaLiveTM Engage, an interactive virtual conferencing that allows delegates who are unable to attend the forum in person to do instead through a virtual conferencing program. This is the first time in Middle East and North Africa (MENA) such a program is offered.

More than 1000 delegates have confirmed participation in 2013 GFMF. Last year the forum attracted more than 700 delegates from across many countries, including such notable speakers as Paul Volcker, former chairman of the US Federal Reserve System and economic advisor to President Barak Obama; and Axel Weber, former president of Deutsche Bundesbank, the German Central Bank, and a member of European Central Bank Governing Council.

Investor Presentations

The 2013 Global Financial Markets Forum (GFMF) will offer investor presentation sessions from several UAE’s top companies.

 GFMF is the region’s only facilitator of investor presentations, which create greater transparency and allow the region’s companies to tell their story and strategies to a wide international audience. This further aligns the UAE marketplace with the best international standards and allows UAE to expand its participation in commerce in the age of globalism.

At 2013 GFMF will remarkably provide an opportunity for Aldar / Sorouh, the two Abu Dhabi property giants that are finalizing their merger, will present jointly an investor presentation.

Other Companies that will present investor presentations are EMAAR, Emirates NBD, Etisalat, Islamic Development Bank, Mubadala, NBAD, State Bank of India, and Vakif.

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