KARACHI: World Islamic Finance Forum – 2016 will be kicked off from September 5 with the aim to bring together researchers, academicians and practitioners for generating innovative ideas to stimulate Islamic Finance growth and to overcome present day industry challenges.

This was announced at a press conference held on Thursday. The two-day forum is being organised by the Institute of Business Administration (IBA). Finance Minister Ishaq Dar will be the chief guest.

Ahmed Ali Siddiqui, Director, Centre for Excellence in Islamic Finance at IBA informed that prominent Shari’ah scholars, academicians, State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), Securities Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP), Islamic Research and Training Institute (IRTI), Thomson Reuters, World Bank, Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD), International Islamic Financial Market (IIFM), Accounting and Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI), Ernst & Young, Deloitte & Touche in addition to key local and global Islamic financial institutions are participating in this mega event.

Overall, 13 global and 15 local institutions would be represented by industry experts on the Speaker Panels throughout the two-day conference at IBA.   Irfan Siddiqui, President, Meezan Bank Limited on the occasion said that the forum is a unique conference. “This academic cum industry conference would highlight the roadmap for future taking into consideration macroeconomic goals and business,” he added.

Junaid Ahmed, President Dubai Islamic Bank – Pakistan appreciated the role of IBA CEIF in bridging the gap between industry and academia.

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