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Come October 31, more than 300 representatives from Bahrain and the Middle East’s financial services and FinTech sectors will get together at the Gulf Hotel in Manama to participate in the annual FinTech Industry Forum 2018.

If you’re not familiar with the event, the FinTech Industry Forum is an initiative by the Bahrain Association of Banks (BAB). It explores the achievements and future prospects of the region’s FinTech industries.

Held under the patronage of the Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB), the event is participated by regulators, BAB’s 52 members, and other relevant third-party organizations.

The forthcoming edition of the annual event is themed under “Opportunities & Challenges for Bahrain’s Banking Industry” and it will witness a series of high-level keynote speeches by prominent industry leaders.

Along with that, there will be a number of FinTech-related panel discussions that will try to address various aspects associated with the legal and regulatory considerations for the FinTech industry, customer readiness, education and human capital requirements, as well as best FinTech practices on local, regional, and international levels.

“For nearly four decades, BAB has been at the forefront of supporting industry growth and the furthering of Bahrain as a world-class financial jurisdiction. With the vast changes being ushered in due to the strong uptake and demand for digital financial products and services, FinTech is high on the agenda for global banks as well as banks in Bahrain and the region,” said Dr. Waheed Qassim, CEO of BAB.

He added, “We are delighted to be hosting this Forum, which we intend to make an annual event, with this year’s focus firmly on the opportunities and challenges facing our members with regard to the adoption of FinTech as well as the readiness and impact on customers.”