2013 IIF Africa Financial Summit
The IIF held its 2013 Africa Financial Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa on November 10-12. The program, hosted by Nedbank, addressed the outlook for the global economy, developing and deepening financial markets, operational challenges facing African banks, building platforms for sustainable growth in Africa, and Africa as an investment destination. The meeting attracted a large number of CEOs and senior executives of the leading financial institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as high-level policymakers and representatives of global firms active in the region.
The meeting began with an informal reception on Sunday, November 10 and proceeded with business sessions on Monday and Tuesday, concluding with a lunch on Tuesday, November 12. Keynote speakers included H.E. Trevor Manuel, Minister in The Presidency: National Planning Commission, South Africa; H.E. Daniel Mminele, Deputy Governor: Markets, South African Reserve Bank; Arunma Oteh, Director General, Securities and Exchange Commission, Nigeria; and Neil Jacobsohn, Senior Partner, FutureWorld International.
2013 IIF Asia CEO Summit
May 10, 2013 — The 2013 IIF Asia CEO Summit was held in Seoul, Korea, during May 8-10, and hosted by the KB Financial Group. The conference brought together more than 100 senior officials from banks and other financial institutions active in Asia, along with analysts and regional policy makers. It focused on a review of the global and regional economic and financial outlook and policy challenges, the opportunities for further development of the Asian financial system, the institutional and regulatory impediments to the development of local currency corporate bond markets, and a roundtable discussion on the impact of new global regulatory reforms on the Asia region. It was concluded that while the banking system in Asia remained well capitalized and resilient, the evolving global financial regulatory framework would pose some challenges, including for cross-border activity and infrastructure financing.
2013 IIF Annual Meeting of Central and East European Bank Chief Executives
April 30, 2013 — The IIF held its 2013 Annual Meeting of Central and Eastern European Bank Chief Executives, hosted by Deutsche Bank AG, at Deutsche Bank’s office in Berlin. The event featured keynote addresses by Jörg Asmussen, Member of the Executive Board, European Central Bank; Juergen Fitschen, Co-Chairman of the Management Board of Deutsche Bank AG; and Fernando Restoy, Deputy Governor of Banco de España. Panel discussions focused on global and regional developments, the changing landscape for CEE banking and financial markets, the challenges of the new regulatory environment, and euro area sovereign debt crisis resolution and prospects for further integration.
2013 IIF LATAM CEO Meeting
March 5-7, 2013 — The IIF held its 2013 Annual Meeting of Latin America Chief Executives in Santiago, Chile on March 5-7. The meeting was hosted by Banco de Chile at the Ritz Carlton Hotel and brought together over 100 CEOs and senior officials from Latin American banks and global financial institutions focusing on the region.
The three-day event kicked off on Tuesday, March 5 with a banquet dinner at the Ritz Carlton and a keynote address from His Excellency Felipe Larraín, Finance Minister of Chile. The meeting continued Wednesday with a full day of panel discussions, presentations, and keynote addresses from the Honorable Rodrigo Vergara, Governor of the Central Bank of Chile, and Terrence Checki, Executive Vice President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. On Wednesday evening, Banco de Chile hosted a memorable horse race and dinner reception at Santiago’s historic Jockey Club. The meeting concluded Thursday with a half-day of sessions and presentations, including a keynote address from His Excellency Alfredo Moreno, Foreign Minister of Chile, followed by a casual lunch featuring a tasting of Chilean wines at the Ritz Carlton.
2013 IIF MENA CEO Meeting
February 23, 2013 — The IIF held the 16th Annual Meeting of MENA Bank Chief Executives in Doha, Qatar on February 22-23. Hosted by the Qatar National Bank, the event was attended by around 100 top executives of the region’s banks and other financial services’ firms, as well as senior representatives of global firms active in the MENA Region. The two-day event was designed, as in previous years, to facilitate networking and the exchange of views on the challenges facing financial institutions in the region, within the context of regional political turmoil and a sluggish global economy.
IIF Inaugural Africa Financial Summit
November 13, 2012 — The IIF Inaugural Africa Financial Summit was held November 11-13, 2012 in Cape Town, South Africa, and hosted by Jacko Maree, Group Chief Executive of Standard Bank. The meeting was the IIF’s first high level gathering of financial leaders with a special focus on Sub-Saharan Africa, and attracted a large number of CEOs and senior executives of the leading financial institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as high-level policymakers and representatives of global firms active in the region.
2012 IIF Annual Meeting of Central and Eastern European Bank Chief Executives
June 28, 2012 — The IIF held its Annual Meeting of Central and Eastern European Bank Chief Executives in Prague, Czech Republic on June 26-28. The meeting, hosted by UniCredit Bank Czech Republic, and held at the Prague Marriott Hotel, provided a unique opportunity for senior financial executives from firms active in Europe to meet and exchange views with their peers, leading regulators and key officials, both from within and outside the region.
2012 IIF Fifteenth Annual Meeting of Middle Eastern & North Africa Bank Chief Executives
April 18, 2012 — The IIF held its Annual Meeting of Middle East & North Africa Bank Chief Executives in Muscat, Oman, on April 16-17. The meeting, hosted by BankMuscat and held at the Al Bandar Hotel in the Shangri-La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort attracted 80 CEOs and senior officers of IIF member firms in the MENA region and of global institutions with interest in the region for an exchange of views on the prospects for the global economy and financial system and on issues of concern to MENA region financial institutions.
The two-day event was launched with welcoming remarks by Charles Dallara, Managing Director of the IIF and Abdul Razak Ali Issa, Chief Executive Officer, BankMuscat. Charles Dallara opened the first day’s afternoon sessions with a Special Briefing on the Greek Debt Restructuring Agreement and Financial Stability in the Euro Area. Senior IIF staff members Hung Tran, Deputy Managing Director and Counselor and George T. Abed, Senior Counselor and Director of the Africa/Middle East Department presented the Institute’s views and forecasts regarding global financial markets and the outlook for the region.
2012 IIF Latin America CEO Meeting
March 9, 2012 — The IIF held its 2012 Annual Meeting of Latin America Chief Executives in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on March 6-8. The meeting was hosted by Itaú Unibanco at the Copacabana Palace hotel and attracted over 80 CEOs and senior officials from Latin American banks and other global financial institutions focusing on the region.
The three-day event kicked off on Tuesday, March 6 with a banquet dinner at the Copacabana Palace and a keynote address from Luciano Coutinho, President of Brazil’s National Development Bank (BNDES). The meeting continued Wednesday with a full day of presentations and discussions on the global economic outlook and prospects for Latin America. In the evening, Sergio Cabral, Governor of the State of Rio de Janeiro, graciously hosted participants at the stunning Laranjeiras Palace for a memorable dinner featuring a keynote address by Arminio Fraga and live entertainment from Brazilian music star Ed Motta. The meeting concluded Thursday with a half-day of sessions and presentations, followed by a casual lunch in the mountains overlooking Rio de Janeiro.
2011 IIF Fourteenth Annual Meeting of Middle East & North Africa Bank Chief Executives
October 17, 2011 — The IIF held its Annual Meeting of Middle East & North Africa Bank Chief Executives in Dubai, UAE, on October 17-18. The meeting, hosted by Emirates NBD and held at the Emirates Jumeirah Towers, attracted 90 CEOs and senior officers of IIF member firms in the MENA region and of global institutions with interest in the region for an exchange of views on the prospects for the global economy and financial system and their implications for the MENA region.
2010 IIF Latin America CEO Meeting
March 19, 2010 — Leaders of Latin America's most important financial institutions gathered in Mexico City, Mexico for the 2010 IIF Annual Meeting of Latin American Chief Executives. The meeting was hosted by Banamex March 17-19.
The three-day event began on Wednesday, March 17 with a dinner at Banamex's historic Palacio de los Condes de San Mateo de ValparaÃso, where President Felipe CalderÃ³n delivered a keynote address. The meeting continued Thursday with a full day of presentations and discussion, a working luncheon, and banquet dinner. Central Bank Governor AgustÃn Carstens and Finance Secretary Ernesto Cordero spoke on Thursday, sharing their thoughts about the global financial crisis. The program also included other presentations by experts from both the public and private sectors, and afforded ample opportunity for substantial discussion among the executive-level attendees. The event concluded on Friday with a half-day program and closing luncheon.
Discussion at the event was dominated by the global financial crisis and the lessons learned in the regulatory and policy realms, as well as the growing consensus regarding the importance of Emerging Market countries in the post-crisis "New Normal" environment.
2011 Latin American CEO Meeting
March 22, 2011 — The Institute held its Annual Meeting of Latin American Chief Executives in Panama City, Panama, on March 22-24, 2011. The event was hosted by Banco General and was attended by about 70 of the leading executives from financial institutions throughout the region. This meeting took place in a time of continued growth across Latin American economies, with many countries facing challenges to contain rising inflationary pressures.
Thirteenth Annual Meeting of Middle Eastern & North African Bank Chief Executives
February 23, 2010 — The Institute of International Finance held its Thirteenth Meeting of Middle Eastern and North African Bank Executives in Amman, Jordan on Feb 22-23, 2010. The meeting, hosted by the Arab Bank, and held at the Intercontinental Hotel, Amman, Jordan, gathered more than 70 senior executives, officials, and experts from different financial institutions and organizations operating and interested in the region.
2009 Asian CEO Summit
November 13, 2009 — The IIF held its annual Asian regional financial leaders' conference for the first time ever in Hanoi, Vietnam on November 12-13, 2009, with co-hosts JSC Bank for Foreign Trade of Vietnam (Vietcombank) and JSC Military Bank. "This event represents an important milestone on Vietnam's journey to become more engaged in global finance and the global economy, and for its leading banks to enhance their participation with peers from across Asia in exchanging views on today's critical economic and financial issues," said Mr. Charles Dallara, IIF Managing Director.
2009 Latin American CEO Meeting
March 25, 2009 — Leaders of Latin America's most important financial institutions gathered in Lima, Peru for the 2009 IIF Annual Meeting of Latin American Chief Executives. The meeting was hosted by Banco de CrÃ©dito del Perú March 23-25.
The three-day event began on Monday, March 23 with a dinner at Banco de CrÃ©dito del Perú's historic Casa Goyeneche, where Peruvian Minister of Finance Luis Carranza delivered a keynote address. The meeting continued Tuesday with a full day of presentations and discussion, lunch, and a banquet dinner. Peruvian President Alan GarcÃa spoke on Tuesday afternoon, sharing his views about the global financial crisis. The program also included presentations by experts from both the public and private sectors, and afforded ample opportunity for substantial discussion among the executive-level attendees from throughout Latin America. The event concluded after a half-day agenda on Wednesday and a casual luncheon.
12th Annual Meeting of Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Bank Chief Executives - Cairo
February 22, 2009 — About 100 heads of the region's banks, senior public sector officials and, leaders of global financial services firms with interests in the region, participated in the Institute of International Finance's 12th Annual Meeting of Middle East and North Africa (MENA) bank chief executives hosted by Arab African International Bank. The financial leaders agreed that the global economy is now facing extraordinary strains that are effecting growth in almost every region of the world. However, participants noted that the MENA region remained relatively well positioned to withstand the adverse affects of the crises.
2008 Asian CEO Summit
September 11, 2008 — The 2008 IIF Asian CEO Summit was co-hosted by Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc. and Mizuho Corporate Bank, Ltd.
Asian CEOs gathered in Tokyo for a program of experts and keynote speakers who addressed topics of relevance to the Asian banking community.
The two-day meeting started on Thursday, September 11, with an informal luncheon and meeting sessions followed by an opening dinner including a keynote address by Mr. Takafumi Sato, Commissioner of the Financial Services Agency. Our program continued on Friday with a half day of meeting sessions and a closing luncheon including a keynote address by Mr. Haruhiko Kuroda, President and Chairman of the Asian Development Bank. The program focused on key issues of interest to CEOs in the region, including: Rebuilding Market Confidence in a Challenging Financial and Economic Environment; Challenges to Financial Institutions in the Aftermath of the Credit Turmoil; The Continued Growth of the Chinese Economy; Environmental Finance; and the Growth of Islamic Finance: the international dimension of Islamic finance.
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2008 Central European CEO Meeting
June 25, 2008 — The IIF's Annual Meeting of Central European Bank Chief Executives took place in Salzburg, Austria on June 25 and 26. Mr. Andreas Treichl, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Erste Group, hosted the meeting. Approximately 40 Senior Executives from Central and Eastern Europe as well as regional executives from Western Europe participated in the meeting.
2008 Latin American CEO Meeting
April 1, 2008 — The Institute of International Finance held its annual Latin America Meeting of Latin American Chief Executive Officers in Santiago, Chile on April 1-3, 2008. The event, hosted by Corp Group Interhold, focused on issues of interest to the leaders of the region's banking industry. These included the impact of the recent global financial turmoil on the region, prospects for consumer lending and credit growth in Latin America, the outlook for mergers and acquisitions, elements of effective banking regulation in the region, and the impact of populism and state intervention on the banking sector. The meeting, designed to engage the region's financial leaders in open exchange of ideas, provided an exceptional forum for discussing opportunities and challenges that face Latin American banks.
2008 Maghreb CEO Meeting
March 26, 2008 — The 2008 IIF Maghreb Banks CEO Meeting was held on Monday, March 17 and Tuesday, March 18 in Algiers, Algeria. The event, held at the Sheraton Club des Pins Hotel, was sponsored by United Gulf Bank, Banco Espirito Santo, and HSBC, and attracted close to 180 participants from within the region and beyond.
The meeting was opened by Mr. Hadji Babaami, Head of Treasury, Ministry of Finance, on behalf of His Excellency Karim Djoudi, Finance Minister of Algeria, and it featured special remarks by The Honorable Mohammed Laksaci, Governor, Banque d'AlgÃ©rie. A full day's program on Tuesday, March 18 included several panel discussions from senior regional and international practitioners and officials. A keynote conference closing address was given by Mr. Mohamed Meziane, Chairman of Sonatrach.
2008 MENA CEO Meeting
February 23, 2008 — GCC countries are becoming more closely integrated into the global economy and financial markets but, given the strength of their current economic boom, they are expected to be spared any serious adverse effects of the recent turmoil in financial markets. This was the main message from the IIF 2008 11th MENA CEO Meeting held in Dubai during the period February 23-24, 2008. The meeting was hosted by the DIFC and attracted nearly 100 senior officials of major financial institutions from the region as well as participants from global institutions with a growing interest in the MENA region. The keynote speaker at the meeting was Dr. Josef Ackermann, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Institute of International Finance & Chairman of the Management Board and the Group Executive Committee, Deutsche Bank AG., who emphasized that the growth momentum in the GCC was being driven not only by high and rising oil revenues, but also by an impressive number of major infrastructural projects under implementation or in the pipeline.
2007 IIF Asian CEO Summit
September 19, 2007 — The 2007 IIF Asian CEO Summit took place in Singapore on September 13 and 14. The Association of Banks in Singapore (ABS) hosted the meeting. Approximately 60 Senior Executives from Asia and the Middle East participated in the meeting. The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) hosted the opening dinner and Mr. Heng Swee Keat, Managing Director of MAS delivered the keynote address. In addition, approximately 20 local Singaporean bankers from international financial firms joined the opening dinner. Fullerton Financial Holdings (previously Asia Financial Holdings) sponsored the closing lunch. Additional sponsorship was provided by United Overseas Bank, DBS Bank, and OCBC Bank who co-sponsored the opening lunch.