MANAMA: The Arab Federation of Capital Markets (AFCM) annual conference in Bahrain in March, the largest event for bourses in the Middle East, seeks to create an enabling environment for Arab financial markets.

The hybrid conference, hosted by Bahrain Bourse (BHB), will explore how to strengthen the integration of financial markets and their liquidity.

It is projected to attract more than 350 participants from exchanges, and will gather financial market regulatory bodies, brokerage firms, investment fund managers, and economic journalists.

The event, on March 29 and 30, will host 19 sessions and 55 speakers, and highlight a diversified set of tracks that will explore key themes and share insights on crucial topics including sustainability and ESG, ETFS and real estate tokenisation, green financing, RegTech, CCPs, and market data monetisation.

BHB chief executive Shaikh Khalifa bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa said: “The AFCM annual conference will be used as a launchpad to showcase the major themes driving regional capital markets. We recognise the vital role that Bahrain Bourse, as a stock exchange, must play in facilitating a stable and transparent environment and it is our mission to successfully provide AFCM with their objectives of prioritising a transparent investment environment for Arab capital markets. This event undoubtedly serves as a key debate forum for sharing ideas and experiences from notable thought leaders, and we look forward to seeing desired results in an integrated manner.”

AFCM secretary general Rami El-Dokany said: “The conference is a great opportunity to create a transparent and developed environment for the Arab capital markets, stimulate and encourage further collaboration and enhance the communication among its members. Furthermore, this will initiate important conversations especially in unsettling times. We have seen exciting initiatives and announcements, and are looking forward to addressing what is crucial with all our members and partners.”

The conference has become one of the most eagerly anticipated events, and a key platform bringing together regional and international market players to cover key issues of high interest in the international and Arab markets.

The event encourages collaboration within the capital markets sphere, promotes exchange of knowledge through insightful debates in a dynamic and diverse environment, and further encourages the transfer of best practices within the region by providing the best networking opportunities possible.

The AFE board meeting and general assembly will be held in parallel to the conference gathering more than 18 Arab stock exchanges.

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