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Manama will be the center of the Islamic finance elite for the next three days. The capital city hosts the 24th edition of World Islamic Banking Conference. The prestigious event, convened by the leading financial intelligence platform Middle East Global Advisors, takes place at Art Rotana Hotel in Amwaj Islands.

Organized under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, the high-level forum is expected to attract over 1300 visitors, including global industry leaders, policymakers, innovators, and stakeholders.

This year, the theme is ”Drivers of Economic Growth & Risks: Policymakers & Regulators.” His Excellency Rasheed Mohammed Al Maraj, Governor of the Central Bank of Bahrain, will open the event with a keynote address to the audience. The conference starts today (December 4th) with a key panel session. It will bring together prominent banking technology professionals debating over the increasing need for Islamic banks to transform their processes to meet the customer’s’ needs in the digital world.

Furthermore, the Canadian business author and blockchain specialist Alex Tapscott will also attend the seminar to give this year’s keynote speech. The CEO of NextBlock Global, author, and co-author of many books among which ”Blockchain Revolution”, Tapscott will talk about the impact of emerging technologies on today’s business, society, and government. His work has been featured in numerous magazines such as TIME, Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Fortune, and more. Besides his active writing career, Tapscott is also a founding member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Futures Council on Blockchain. In addition to that, he also co-founded the Blockchain Research Institute; a multi-million dollar think-tank focused on blockchain strategies.

The speaker’s list also includes one of the most prominent names in the Islamic finance industry – Adnan Ahmed Yousif, Chief Executive and President of Al Baraka Banking Group. He will share his views on the future course of the Islamic economy. The event will feature several panel discussions and roundtables on digital banking, regulations, capital markets, the effects of the recent global economic and political developments and more.

It is also worth mentioning that the delegates can stay up-to-date with the program, take part in live interactive polls, and connect with other peers through a direct messaging app, Web Connect.