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Key Middle East trade finance gathering attracts over 500 business leaders to Dubai

February 8, 2015 

Dubai will act as host city for GTR Mena Trade Finance Week 2016, organised by Global Trade Review (GTR) and taking place at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Dubai on February 15-17.

Featuring as the premier trade finance gathering for the Middle East and North Africa, the conference returns for its 13th year in 2016, bringing together leading figures from across the business and financial sectors to examine the current state of the region’s trading landscape. The event is supported by over 50 key market institutions, including the Dubai Chamber of Commerce, Dubai Exports, the International Chamber of Commerce, ADCB, Emirates NBD, Falcon Group, HSBC, SABB and many more.

Over 500 business leaders are expected to attend, providing extensive networking opportunities for domestic, regional and international financial institutions, global corporates, local SMEs, policy makers, lawyers and other related trade finance specialists. Keynote speakers include His Excellency Hani Al Hamli, Secretary General of the Dubai Economic Council (DEC) and Ahmed bin Sulayim, Executive Chairman of DMCC, both of whom will be outlining the government’s vision for further developing Dubai and the UAE’s enviable position as a leading global trade hub.

With around 80 speakers featuring across the three days, GTR Mena Trade Finance Week benefits from a ‘Compliance in supply chain finance’ training workshop, whilst the ICC Regional Mena Banking Commission will be also be hosting its 3rd Supply Chain Technology Forum, geared around ‘Innovations in Islamic Trade Finance’.

“Another year on from last year’s event, and once again the Mena region remains at the forefront of global trade developments,” says Jeff Ando, Associate Director and Head of Conference Production at GTR. “The seismic impact of the ongoing downturn in global commodity prices has resonated particularly strongly across the GCC, whilst concerns over liquidity dominate discussions amongst banks and corporates alike. Furthermore, the lifting of sanctions and proposed return to the fold for Iran is a development of huge regional, if not global, significance.”

In addition to the unrivalled networking and knowledge building opportunities provided, the event is fully ICC Academy accredited, offering the maximum 15 Professional Development Credits (PDCs) in total.

Visit the GTR Mena Trade Finance Week 2016 page here.


About Global Trade Review (GTR): GTR is the world’s leading news source, publisher and event organiser for the global trade, commodity, export and supply chain finance industries, with offices in London, Hong Kong and Singapore. Its market-leading magazine Global Trade Review (GTR) provides essential news and analysis for these sectors, supported by various conferences, workshops and networking events held in over 25 locations around the world.
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