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British Business Pavilion (BBP) at The World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF)

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Taking place at the ExCel Centre London from 29-31 October 2013, this is the first time the forum will be held outside the Islamic world and will be its most ambitious yet, with a number of Heads of State/Government Ministers invited to attend the opening plenary.

Expected to be attended by more than 1500 participants, the Forum provides a wealth of opportunities to participate in the growth potential of developing economies.

There will be engaging panel sessions, workshops and the opportunity for invited UK and invited overseas companies to take part in pre-arranged business meetings. Showcasing high value opportunities, the BBP will facilitate the engagement of invited UK companies with high growth market requirements and strengthen UK relations with participating countries.

BBP Finance Event: Wednesday 30th October 2013 3:45 – 6:00pm

In Financial Services, the Global Financial Centres Index continues to rank London as the world’s leading international financial centre. Holding the World Islamic Economic Forum (29-31 Oct) in London is an excellent opportunity for us to showcase our specialist expertise, wealth of services and outstanding academic institutions in Islamic Finance.

“The potential of this sector to expand by £400 billion in the next two years presents a huge opportunity for the UK’s financial services sector. We established the Ministerial-led Islamic Finance Task Force earlier this year to make sure that we are able to really capitalise on this. I am delighted that through this event, we have a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate what the UK can offer and why we are so well positioned to become the global centre for Islamic Finance”

Baroness Warsi, Senior Minister of State at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Minister for Faith and Communities, and Co-Chair of the Islamic Finance Task Force

The BBP finance event will develop the themes of the wider WIEF and consider them from a specific UK point of view. It will demonstrate how UK expertise can meet the needs of governments, business and investors and provide an excellent platform for participants to network with potential business partners. There will also be a specific focus on the opportunities in our infrastructure programmes and our expertise in education, skills and research.

The ‘Investing in the UK’ breakout session will examine recent and current investment projects in regeneration and real estate. It will provide a number of perspectives, including from legal and financial experts, the view of the investor and the Government. This is aimed at those interested in understanding and accessing the wealth of investment opportunity in the UK.

The Islamic Finance Education and Skills’ breakout session will look at current developments in the provision of education and look at what is on offer in the UK. It will consider issues around forming alliances with overseas organisations, excellence in training young UK Sharia scholars and ways of promoting excellence in education, skills and research. This session is aimed at education providers and users.

High level and expert speakers will include:

  • Greg Clark MP, Financial Secretary to the Treasury
  • Richard de Belder, Partner, Dentons
  • Stella Cox (DDCAP)
  • Professor Nora Colton, University of East London
  • Lord Green, Minister of State for Trade and Investment
  • Omar Shaikh, Islamic Finance Council UK
  • Jawad I Ali, Managing Partner – Middle East, King & Spalding
  • Dr Mehmet Asutay, Durham University

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Discounted price of £220 for entrance to WIEF with the BBP Finance event.

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