GCC-City of London conference on June 28


The Lord Mayor of the City of London, John Stuttard will open proceedings with a speech highlighting the opportunities to develop long-term strategic relationships between the emerging economic powers in the Gulf and the world’s leading international financial centre, the City of London.

Other key note speakers include Lord Levene of Portsoken, Chairman of Lloyd’s of London, who will look at developments in GCC and London insurance markets, and Dr Gerard Lyons, Chief Economist at Standard Chartered, who will give a strategic economic overview for the Gulf States to 2010. In addition, leading players in the international financial markets will chair panel discussions on market regulation and corporate governance, capital and private equity markets, Islamic finance and also GCC investment flows and the role of the City of London.

The Middle East Association also announced that the lead sponsors for the conference will be Bahrain Financial Services Development, Qatar Financial Centre Authority and Standard Chartered Bank.

Baroness Symons, Vice-President of the Middle East Association and Conference Co-Chair said: “I am delighted to announce that we have a first class line up of speakers and panellists who will provide insight and spark debate on how we can build long term working relationships between the Gulf States and the City of London. We are also pleased to be working with the Bahrain Financial Services Development, Qatar Financial Centre Authority and Standard Chartered Bank to deliver this conference.

Jane Dellar, Managing Director of Bahrain Financial Services Development, said: “This conference provides a unique opportunity for the leading players in the Gulf States and the City of London to get together and develop working relationships. In Bahrain we see this event as an opportunity to highlight our strength in financial services in the region as well as to encourage partnerships with City of London institutions and investors.”

“We are delighted to be a lead sponsor of this conference and to chair one of the panel discussions on developing the markets and adoption of international standards.”


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