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There has been growing interest in Islamic financial services across the African continent, which has been further boosted by the support from various African regulatory and supervisory authorities and financial institutions to implement Islamic finance. Recent reports indicate that key African economies have posted exciting growth rates in recent years, second only to Asia, drawing increasing inward investment and creating a strong platform for further opportunities for economic growth and resilience. Africa is now in the spotlight as a new investment destination. The challenge, and opportunity, in Africa is to diversify funding sources and the investor base, as markets look for new investment opportunities to maximise returns on capital; and Islamic finance has a potentially major role to play in this context. Islamic finance undoubtedly offers a major opportunity for diversifying the investor base, and raising investor interest in Africa - given Africa's strong trade links with the Arabian Gulf and increasing ties with Asia. Backed by continued strong growth projections in key markets in Africa, Islamic finance, with its link to supporting real economic activities has enormous growth potential on the continent. With a number of key initiatives, the Central Bank of Djibouti has already established Islamic finance as a key component of the economic system in Djibouti, and we are working towards further strengthening Islamic finance's role in our financial system. We are once again delighted to host the Islamic Banking Summit Africa (IBSA) here in Djibouti. Since its inception last year, the event has already become an important platform for supporting the growth and development of Islamic finance in Africa. We look forward to the high profile discussions at this year's IBSA 2013 focusing on capturing the potential for Islamic finance in Africa.

H.E. Ahmed Osman
Central Bank of Djibouti

Special Presidential Address by

H.E. Ismaïl Omar Guelleh

President of the Republic of Djibouti, Head of Government


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Summit Day One - Wednesday, 6 November 2013

08.00 to 09.00

Registration and Refreshments


Opening of the 2nd Annual Islamic Banking Summit Africa
(IBSA 2013)

09:00 to 09:05

Summit Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

Summit Chairperson:

Dr. Alberto Brugnoni
Founder and Managing Partner

09:10 to 09:50

Opening Keynote Address:
Assessing the Progress & Development of Islamic Finance in Africa

Opening Keynote Speakers:

H.E. Ahmed Osman
Central Bank of Djibouti

H.E. Dr. Mohamed Khair Ahmed El Zubair
Central Bank of Sudan

Key Discussion Points:

• Reviewing the Islamic finance landscape in Africa and prospects for growth

• Government and regulatory support for Islamic finance to thrive in Africa

09:50 to 10:10

Keynote Plenary Session:

Capacity Building to Position Islamic Finance as a Catalyst for a New Wave of Economic Development in Africa

Keynote Speakers:

H.E. Khaled Mohammed Al-Aboodi
Chief Executive Officer
The Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector, the private sector arm of the Islamic Development Bank Group (IDB), Saudi Arabia

Abdelilah Belatik
Assistant Secretary - General
Islamic Financial Services Board (IFSB)

Key Discussion Points:

• Positioning Islamic Finance to better meet the economic needs of Africa

• Government and private sector imperatives for making Islamic Finance successful in Africa
• Perspectives on Global Regulatory and Capacity Building

10:10 to 10:30

Special Presidential Address by



Republic of Djibouti, Head of Government

10:30 to 11:00

Opening of the 2nd Annual Islamic Banking Summit – Africa (IBSA 2013) Exhibition and Refreshment Break

11:00 to 11:45

Session 1:
Industry Leaders & CEO Power Debate: Capturing the Africa Opportunity – Scoping Market Potential & Overcoming Challenges

Discussion Leader:

Adnan Halawi
Product Manager
Zawya Islamic Finance

Keynote Debaters:
Amman Muhammad
Chief Executive Officer
FNB Islamic Bank

Hirsi Dirir
Chief Executive Officer
Dahabshil Bank International

Khalid Al Qattan
First Vice President-Head of Treasury & Investment
Al Baraka Banking Group

Sulaiman Al Harthy
Group General Manager
Meethaq Islamic Banking Group

Yahya Hussein Mohamed
Assistant General Manager
Salaam African Bank

Ehsaan Ahmed
Head of Global Transaction Services and SME
Noor Islamic Bank, Dubai

Key Discussion Points:

• Strengthening Islamic finance’s links to the real economy in Africa

• Connecting Africa to the world of Islamic finance – Asia, the Arabian Gulf & beyond

11:45 to 12:00

Session 2
Shari’ah-Compliant Investments: Innovative New Approaches to Better Aligning the Role of AWQAF with Islamic Finance


H.E. Tayeb Abdulrahman Al Rais
Secretary General
Awqaf & Minor Affairs Foundation, Dubai

12:00 to 12:30

Session 3:
Addressing End-User Needs: Innovating Islamic Finance Solutions for Africa

Dr. Suleiman Walhad
Islamic Finance Professional

Furqan Ahmad
Head of Product & Services Development
Islamic Banking Sector, KSA

Key Discussion Points:

• What do African markets need from Islamic Finance?
• Supporting SME development in Africa
• Islamic Project &Trade Finance

12:30 to 13:15

Session 4:

Scaling Up Islamic Finance in Africa: Expanding the Regional Footprint

Fadi Salim Al Faqih
Chief Executive Officer
Bank of Khartoum

Mohammed Farrukh Raza
Founder and Managing Director

Etsuaki Yoshida
Director & Senior Economist
Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)

Key Discussion Points:

• How can local Islamic finance institutions work with regional and international players to build better capabilities and offerings?
• Building greater awareness for Islamic finance products

13:15 to 14:30

Conference Luncheon

14:30 to 15:15

Session 5:

Takaful & ReTakaful Prospects in Africa


Zubairu Suleiman Darazo
Deputy Head (Takaful Insurance Unit),
Representative of the Commissioner for Insurance in Nigeria

National Insurance Commission (NAICOM)

Dr. Omar Clark Fisher
Managing Director
Khidr Solutions

Key Discussion Points:

• Takaful in Africa: what is the outlook for its growth
• Which product areas have the highest growth potential in Africa
• What are the prospects for Re Takaful in Africa

15:15 to 16:00

Session 6:
Global View - Africa Focus: International Research Findings & Implications for Islamic Finance in Africa


Mohammed Farrukh Raza
Founder and Managing Director

Mahinaz El Aasser
Analyst, Head of Data
- Islamic Finance Information Services (IFIS)

Key Discussion Points:

• What does the current International research trends into the Islamic finance mean for the development of the Industry in Africa?
• What research is currently available on Islamic finance in Africa? What needs to be done to provide a platform for the industry to grow?


Close of Day 1

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