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Over a thousand business leaders, academics, and government officials from across the world will flock to Bahrain later this month to celebrate the Gulf region’s growing stature as one of the leading FinTech hubs in the world. The week-long Fintastic Bahrain Week 2019 will kick off on Feb 24, 2019, and it will see Bahrain reasserting its central role in the realm of financial services and technology.

The delegates attending the event will be treated with a series of activities including:

  • The eighth GCC Financial Forum on 26 – 27 February.
  • Detailed discussions and a workshop on Bahrain’s new bankruptcy laws.
  • A dedicated platform for deliberating on FinTech regulations.
  • A fireside debate on the scope and challenges facing the region’s homegrown FinTech sector.

The eighth instalment of the GCC Financial Forum will see Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak delivering the keynote, which will be followed by an interactive session with the audience. The Forum will focus on different feats of a successful financial ecosystem including responsible finance, open banking, a greater role for women-led ventures, and the fast-evolving regulatory landscape.

The Bankruptcy Law and its Impact on Banking and Startups Seminar, scheduled on Feb 24, will include an interactive session focused on how Bahrain and the rest of the region’s bankruptcy laws are becoming increasingly friendlier with the homegrown startup ecosystem.

The RegFace Conference, scheduled on Feb 25, will see participants brainstorming on and highlighting how the region’s FinTech regulations are now optimized (and continuously improving) to guide startups to innovate and roll out high-quality products.

The Fireside Debate on Feb 25 will see some of the most prominent venture capitalists from across the world engaging each other and the audience in an insightful debate around the opportunities waiting for the region’s FinTech sector.

“The FinTech space in the Middle East is growing and its opportunities and potential are being recognised by the global FinTech community. In Bahrain, we are building on our heritage of excellence in financial services by developing innovative new products and services that will transform how consumers and businesses right across the region approach this sector, and events such as Fintastic Week bring these fresh and new ideas to the table,” said H.E. Khalid Al Rumaihi, Chief Executive of the Bahrain Economic Development Board, a co-host of Fintastic Week 2019.