February, 16, 2015
February, 16, 2015
Dubai reinforces role as hub for trade at global finance gathering
Dubai played host to discussions on growth forecasts, regional economic stability and access to key markets such as Africa and Asia at Global Trade Review’s Mena Trade Finance Week 2015, which took place at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers on February 16-18.
Organised with the support of key institutions such as Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Dubai Exports and DMCC, the event is widely known as the only comprehensive regional gathering for the Middle East and North Africa region, welcoming attendance from senior representatives of leading multinational and regional trading companies such as Nokia, Huawei, Johnson Controls, ABB, Louis Dreyfus, Aecom, Dubab, ETA Group and Platinum Corporation, among others.
Taking place over the course of three days, with an expanded format incorporating additional streams, break-outs, workshops and networking events, GTR Mena Trade Finance Week 2015 placed strong emphasis on the trade and export priorities of companies of all sizes, as well as highlighting the advantages offered by Dubai as a regional business hub, providing access to markets such as Africa, Asia and of course Europe. Over 450 delegates attended the event, which featured a keynote opening debate featuring CEOs and leading intelligence experts from across the government spectrum.
“In light of the changing priorities in global trade and the emphasis placed on the importance of south-south trade flows, Dubai provides an unrivalled entry point to the many opportunities provided by markets such as Asia, and perhaps above all else, Sub-Saharan Africa,” says Peter Gubbins, Managing Director & CEO of Global Trade Review (GTR). “This is not only due to the geographical advantage the region enjoys, but also the many advantages provided to the thousands of companies established in the various free trade zones.”
Topics for discussion included regulation and compliance (including the impact of sanctions), trends in commodity finance, supply chain innovation and trade digitisation, the role of insurance, political risk considerations, SME growth and regional focus on markets as diverse as Libya, Egypt, Iran and Lebanon.
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V Gupta, Octal Petrochemicals
RS Rangan, NBF
A Mahate, Dubai Exports
S Sharjeel, IFC
M Marnell, Mizuho Corporate Bank