KUALA LUMPUR: Bank Negara, which assumes the Islamic Financial Services Board (IFSB) chairmanship this year, will be hosting an inaugural Global Islamic Finance Forum (GIFF) in Kuala Lumpur from March 26 to 29.
Deputy governor Datuk Mohd Razif Abdul Kadir said the forum, themed “Fostering Linkages in Islamic Finance”, to be held in conjunction with the IFSB annual meeting, would discuss opportunities and contemporary issues relating to Islamic finance.
“GIFF 2007 will comprise The Investors and Issuers Forum (March 27-28), The Financial Regulators Forum in Islamic Finance (March 26-29) and The Banking and Financial Law School (March 27),” he told a press conference yesterday.
Bank Negara governor Tan Sri Dr Zeti Akhtar Aziz will deliver her opening remarks at GIFF 2007, followed by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s keynote address.
The Financial Regulators Forum, which will be held annually, is tailored for financial regulators, including those in the banking, insurance and securities industries.
“This forum is expected to be attended by almost all the governors of central banks that are IFSB members,” Razif said, adding that speakers included Britain’s Financial Services Authority chairman Sir Callum McCarthy and Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency governor Hamad AlSayari.
Bank Negara expects some 800 participants to attend GIFF 2007.