10th GCC Banking Conference

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Oxford Business Group is pleased to announce our media partnership with 10th GCC Banking Conference which will be held on 23 - 24 March 2011 in Qatar. In this respect, we send you the following message from the conference organisers:

Dear Oxford Business Group subscribers,

Against a background of regional financial challenge and global economic recession, the 10th GCC Banking Conference takes place in Doha, Qatar under the patronage of HE Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabor Al-Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Hosted by Qatar Central Bank and in collaboration with Secretariat General of The Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf, the 10th GCC Banking Conference on the 23rd and 24th March 2011 is to be held under the title of "Gulf banking and its role in GCC countries' development in light of current changes – Reality and ambitions". This conference boasts an outstanding line-up of government and private sector financial decision makers, all coming together to focus on topics of crucial interest to regional economies.

The agenda for this conference comprises a number of important topics, including the making of banking auditing systems and regulations in GCC member states to enhance a new era in regional banking practices. It also aims at providing a practical platform to debate and shed light on the most prominent challenges faced by GCC markets.

We are aware of the importance of our role as economic, financial, and banking sectors in bringing success to the 10th edition of such a significant conference hosted by Doha. On this occasion, I have great pleasure in inviting all Qatari and GCC economic, financial, and banking sectors to cooperate with us and contribute to this role so as to achieve the desired goals through the support and sponsorship for this event.

“On behalf of the organizing committee and the hosts, I would like to officially announce the launch of the 10th GCC Banking Conference,” said Mr. Jassem Al Baker, Head of the Organizing Committee. “I would like to personally thank the banks for their unqualified support.”

Ten banks from different GCC countries have offered support to the conference.

The Host Sponsor, Qatar National Bank, was established over forty years ago, with ownership split equally between the government’s Qatar Investment Authority and the private sector. With almost 40% of the market share by assets, QNB is the leading bank in the country, and one of the largest in the region.

The other sponsors include Commercial Bank of Qatar (Platinum Sponsor), QIB (Gold Sponsor), Bronze Sponsors - the National Bank of Bahrain, Masraf Al Rayyan, Barwa Bank, Doha Bank, the National Bank of Kuwait, International Bank of Qatar and First Finance as a support sponsor.

In addition, the media partners are Oxford Business Group, as well as CNBC Arabia.

“The 10th GCC Banking Conference is a forum to discuss crucial developments and issues affecting regional banking environment,” said Mr. Karim Zarka, Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Expo Group, the conference organizers.

Kindly be informed that Qatar Expo was assigned the organization and marketing tasks of the conference, and will contact you and cooperate with you under the direct supervision of QCB.

We do hope that this conference will mark a new era in GCC economic joint action.

Join the 10th GCC Banking Conference as banking experts, academics, representatives of GCC and international institutions, as well as the global finance media gather to debate and formulate policies to tackle the region's financial challenges.

For further inquiries, kindly visit the conference website or contact us directly on the below numbers: www.10thbankingconferencegcc.com