The Swiss financial centre: amongst the most efficient in the world

Switzerland is one of the most efficiently regulated and supervised financial centers in the world today with the Swiss financial centre being a central pillar of the Swiss economy as it employs about 6% of the total workforce and generates over 10 % of the Swiss GDP. The key players in the Swiss financial centre are the banks. One of their core businesses is wealth management reflected in a ranking of the world’s largest wealth managers, which places three Swiss banks in the top ten. In terms of cross-border private wealth management Switzerland is the undisputed world market leader with a share of 27%, or CHF 2,100 billion.

Given these important facts The Swiss-Arab Financial Forum will take place in its second edition on the 3rd of April 2014, at the Grand Hotel Kempinski, Geneva-Switzerland.

The second edition

Due to the large success of the first round of the forum, Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal in partnership with Geneva Financial Center and with the cooperation of the Arab Swiss Chamber of Commerce and Industry is organizing the second edition under the theme 'Creating a New Financial Management Model for a New World'.

Once again, this marked financial event serves to further strengthen and sustain economic ties between Arab and Swiss financial leaders, and is distinguished by the participation of key financial figures from Switzerland, Europe and the Arab world, some of whom will be joining the speakers’ panel to relate their vast experience and knowhow in the field.

Who will attend?

The Swiss-Arab Financial Forum will bring together government officials, heads of central banks, CEOs and chairmen of major Arab and Swiss financial institutions, banks, private banks, wealth management institutions, regulatory authorities, consulting firms, private equity firms, asset management firms, financial services and Arab investors & HNWI’s.

Key topics                                               

The forum will review economic and financial relations between Switzerland and the Arab world, and the role of Switzerland as an indispensable world center for private banking and wealth management. Comprehensive discussions will tackle prospects of investments of MENA markets, opportunities and challenges, amongst others:

A New Wealth Management Model

-   Overview of the new banking regulations and the global environment

-   Switzerland: a hub for financial know-how

-   Asset management: a new focus for the industry

-   Investment outlook of MENA markets

-   Commodity trade finance

-   What Switzerland can bring to Arab financial institutions and commodity houses


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Mario Kanaan
Project Manager
Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal Group

T: +961 1 780200   |  F: +961 1 780206
M:(Bei) +961 3 181295

Mail: mario.kanaan@iktissad.com


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