“The asset management industry is poised to enter an exciting stage in its evolution in the GCC region. The shape of the wealth and asset management sectors in the GCC is unique and the last two decades have conﬁrmed the region’s position as an important ﬁnancial hub for wealth and asset management, as well as a key trading centre connecting East and West. Indeed, the ﬁnancial services industry has made significant contributions to the impressive economic growth rates across the GCC.
However, global economic headwinds, created by uncertainties in China and the decline in oil prices, are challenging the international asset management industry to respond to this changing investment landscape. Nevertheless, positive prospects continue to attract capital to the region in search of hig-quality investment opportunities. Bahrain is already the Gulf’s most established fund distribution centre and is an internationally recognized ﬁnancial hub, with the ﬁnancial services sector in Bahrain being not only the largest sector of the non-oil economy but also the largest employer.
Against this dynamic backdrop, the Middle East Asset Management Forum (MEAMF 2016), is being launched under the patronage of the Central Bank of Bahrain and with the support of the Bahrain Asset Managers Association. Combining a highly innovative and interactive format with world-class speakers and more than 200 international delegates, MEAMF 2016 will tackle the most pressing questions that will drive the ongoing progress of the asset management industry across the dynamic markets in this region. The Middle East Asset Management Forum (MEAMF 2016) will take place on the 30th & 31st of May 2016 at the Gulf Hotel in the Kingdom of Bahrain, under the theme The Road Ahead in the MENA Investment Industry.”