Location: Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Date: Monday, 20th November, 2017
Event Time: 09.00 - 16.40
Language: English


    The Conference aims to provide an economic and finance overview, regional development impacting trade finance, trade finance tools, fintech & trade finance digitalization and many more topics of local and international interests that are relevant to business to work more efficiently, safely and proactively in our ever changing and challenging world of Trade Finance.

    The Conference will provide a perfect opportunity to meet, network and learn from a great number of like-minded organizations, business tycoons and experts from the UAE and the region.

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    09.00 – 09.30

    Registration & Networking Breakfast

    09.30 – 09.40

    Welcome Remarks

    09.40 – 09.50

    Opening Remarks

    09.50 – 10.00

    Keynote Remarks

    Economic and Trade Finance Overview
    10.00 – 10.35

    Presentation: Outlook for Business in the UAE – An update

    UAE has articulated complementary, ambitious, investment-led, citizens-focused economic plans and strategic visions. These main objectives are to achieve high, diversified, innovative, knowledge-based and sustainable growth, and high living standards and happiness. This presentation will address the economic outlook of Dubai in its regional and global context.

    10.35– 11.10

    Presentation: Result of the ICC 2017 Trade Finance Survey

    With 255 responses from banks located in 98 countries, as well as various contributions from leading experts in the field, “Rethinking Trade & Finance” is the most extensive gauge of the trends and outlook of the global trade finance industry.  This presentation will provide insight and analysis to help participants formulate strategy and make decisions that will advance the evolution of global trade.

    11.10 – 11.25

    Networking Break

    Regional development impacting trade finance
    11.25– 12.10

    Panel Discussion: VAT impact in the banking industry in the UAE – Who will feel the biggest pinch?

    The Federal Tax Authority released in August the Federal Tax Law and its Regulations in October 2017. How does the UAE Government plan to assist companies in implementing the VAT system and how will it impact the local and international business and banking community? Which products and services will be under the ambit of VAT?

    12.10– 13. 00

    Presentation: Impacts of Sanctions

    This session will provide a unique public-private forum to bring awareness to the audience on the procedures applied by the Anti-Money Laundry and Suspicious Cases Unit of the UAE Central bank in relation to the enforcement of the resolutions issued by the UN Security Council regarding the Economic Sanctions and applicable penalties, Highlights of the Global Economic Sanctions, the impact of extraterritorial application of economic sanctions for banking industry, and practical problems of trading with countries affected by these sanctions in compliance with the recent Global Economic Sanctions.

    13.00 – 14.00 Lunch
    Structured Commodity Financing and Trade Finance
    14.00 - 14.45

    Panel Discussion: Are banks actively supporting Structured Trade Finance or are there any impediments on their financing?

    This thought provoking panel will discuss what are the products that bank prefer for commodity financing and what are the risk mitigants the bank puts in place when doing commodity financing ?

    14.45 – 15.00

    Coffee Break

     Bank Guarantees & Credit Insurance
    15.00 - 15.45

    Panel Discussion: Bank Guarantees

    Bank guarantees play a vital role in international trade and other business transactions. They are used in almost every phase of the transaction between the buyer and the seller. The panel will discuss   the rules and practices for bank guarantees in international trade. How is it practiced in UAE?

    Fintech & Trade Finance Digitalization
    15.45– 16.30

    Panel Discussion: Fintech & Trade Finance Digitalization

    The digitization of international trade and trade financing is now well underway, the inevitable result of a convergence of technological capability, commercial drivers and market adoption. Service providers, including trade finance banks, must make a strategic decision: commit to the development of digitized channels and propositions, or prepare to cede market share to a new generation of providers that have already seized the imperative to respond to market evolution in international commerce. This panel will showcase how traditional finance institutions and banks are adapting to the disruptive transformation of the fintech industry in the context of the cashless future of the UAE Vision 2021 and by addressing the issue of Islamic Banking in the Digital Era.

    16.30 – 16.35

    Closing Remarks


    About the Speakers

    Humaid Mohamed Ben Salem

    Ahmad Lootah
    ICC UAE Banking Commission

    Vincent O’Brien
    Steering Committee member
    ICC Regional Banking Commission MENA

    Mark Hoyle
    Gateley PLC

    Zahoor Dattu
    Principal Consultant
    Bastaki Management Consultancy

    K. Nizardeen
    Senior Vice President
    Head of Transaction Banking, Emirates Islamic Bank

    Atif Raza
    Head of Trade Sales, Institutional & Transaction Banking
    Commercial Bank of Dubai

    Hassan Al Hashemi
    Secretary General

    Logistical Notes

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    Sponsorship Opportunities

    Sponsoring the Conference offers an ideal opportunity to promote your firm or organization. Sponsors receive maximum visibility during the promotional phase, onsite and also following the Conference. As a truly global organization, we have a global audience.

    Why Sponsor?
    • Access to key decisions makers.
    • Network and exhibit directly in front of more than 50 top decision makers in your industry.
    • Maximize brand visibility offline and online.
    • Stay ahead of the competition by showing your brand at a cutting edge forum and leverage your brand impact through a wide range of sponsorship benefits that promise a significant return on your investment.
    • Meet your potential customers face to face.
    • Take advantage of the unrivalled networking opportunity that this prestigious gathering provides and create new business leads to stay visible with your customers.
    • Share your opinion and position yourself as industry leader.
    • Speak at the Trade Finance Conference and share your opinions on upcoming trends.

    Sponsorship Category

    Diamond Sponsor

    Acknowledged as the premium supporters of the Conference, enjoying maximum exposure both before and during the Conference, with the highest priority of branding in all documentation and on-site signage.

    Platinum Sponsor

    A multi-layered prominent sponsorship package offering a combination of thought leader- ship, high-level networking and brand exposure.

    Gold Sponsor

    A unique sponsorship package to increase your organization’s brand awareness through different exclusive channels.

    Silver Sponsor

    Combining networking and exhibiting with a special opportunity to showcase your company to the Top C-level delegates.

    Bronze Sponsor

    Great opportunity to showcase your organization and network with high level delegates.

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    Registration Fees:
    ICC Member – AED 250.00
    Non-member – AED 500.00

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    Contact Us

    For more information, please contact Habibullah Rizwan at habib@iccuae.com or by phone to +971 4 220 8288.