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Islamic banking leaders and dignitaries from across Africa and the Middle East gathered today at the 2nd annual International Forum on Islamic Finance (IFIF 2016)

Sudan’s Central Bank Governor, Minister of Finance & Vice President; renowned PwC thought leader; and Business Week’s “Top 40 Under 40” tech expert – speak at Africa’s landmark forum

KHARTOUM, Sudan, February 9, 2016/ — Islamic banking leaders and dignitaries from across Africa and the Middle East gathered today at the 2nd annual International Forum on Islamic Finance (IFIF 2016) (www.IFIF2016.com). Held under the patronage of the Government of the Republic of the Sudan, the Central Bank of Sudan and the Ministry of Finance & Economic Planning – and in strategic partnership with the Bank of Khartoum – IFIF 2016 hosted 200 dignitaries, central bank representatives, Ministers, C-level bankers, thought leaders and experts who gathered at the Al Salam Rotana Hotel in Khartoum to deliberate on strategies to enable Islamic finance gain prominence and spur economic growth across Africa.

Delivering keynote addresses to a packed audience were Fadi Al Faqih (CEO of Bank of Khartoum), Musaed Mohammed Ahmed (Head of Sudan’s Banks Union), H.E. Abdelrahman Hassan Abdelrahman Hashim (Governor of the Central Bank of Sudan), H.E. Badr El-Din Mahmoud Abbas (Minister of Finance and National Economy of the Republic of the Sudan) and H.E. Bakri Hassan Salih (First Vice President of the Republic of the Sudan).

The conveners of IFIF, Middle East Global Advisors – a renowned intelligence platform serving the Middle East North Africa Southeast Asia (MENASEA) region for 22 years – gathered a powerful line-up of speakers including Dr. Anindya Ghose, Professor at NYU Stern School of Business, who was named Business Week’s “Top 40 Professors Under 40 Worldwide”.

Dr. Ghose will speak on the impact of social media on banking and shared that: “Industries and markets are being transformed by a growing shared technology infrastructure. Indeed, Africa is emerging as an inspiring hub of innovation for social media in the banking sector, enabling unbanked individuals in Africa to access risk averse financing through Islamic banking.”

Dr. Ghose continued: “The International Forum on Islamic Finance (IFIF) is an outstanding platform to help build awareness of Africa’s digital media proposition in the context of Islamic finance’s push for financial inclusion across the continent.”

Another key highlight of Day 1 of IFIF was the exclusive launch of the much-awaited Sudan Islamic Finance report. The report was produced by the Islamic Research and Training Institute (IRTI) and the General Council for Islamic Banks and Financial Institutions (CIBAFI), in collaboration with the Bank of Khartoum. The ground-breaking report provides substantive due diligence on the opportunities for Islamic financial and non-financial services in Sudan.

The final day of IFIF 2016 continues on the 10th of February.  To find out more about IFIF 2016 visitwww.IFIF2016.com.

About Korsi Senyo

Korsi Senyo has over seven years experience working directly at local and international levels focusing on peace-building, youth development, business development, web development and internet technology, microfinance, event management, mass media and corporate communications. Korsi Senyo is the Founder of Senyo Global Group, Awake Africa Newspaper, GHadverts.com and African Centre for Peace Building. Connet with him via talktosenyo@gmail.com

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