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6 th April 2017
Sheraton Kampala Hotel, Uganda
Sub Saharan Africa: Islamic Finance Convention
Africa's New Momentum
Lawrence K. Kiiza, Director-Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development
Fabian Kasi, Chairman, Uganda Bankers Association
Gideon Badagawa, Executive Director, Private Sector Foundation Uganda
Sub-Saharan Africa Islamic Finance Convention 2017

As the global business environment adapts to the new normal of Brexit, the Trump presidency and the implications of a post-oil economy, Sub‐Saharan Africa continues to be an increasingly important component of global growth.

In particular, the expansion of Islamic finance in the region is providing new growth opportunities and propelling faster trade and economic growth in Sub‐Saharan Africa. Against this dynamic backdrop Ethico Live! in collaboration with ABL Dunamis are delighted to announce the second annual edition of the Sub‐Saharan Africa Islamic Finance Convention to be held in Uganda at the Sheraton Kampala Hotel on the 6th of April 2017.

The purpose of the Sub-Saharan Africa Islamic Finance Convention is to build on the gathering’s position as a strong platform for the growth of the industry that will not only help to establish Uganda as an exciting investment destination but also enable the development of the broader Sub-Saharan market. The inaugural Islamic Finance Convention in Uganda in 2016 was met with a very positive response as more than 200 industry players from over 70 international organizations and more than 25 international speakers deliberated outcomes that focused on Africa’s New Momentum. The event was attended by several high-level delegations from the Ministry of Finance in Uganda, Bank of Uganda, the Private Sector Foundation, and the Islamic Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Uganda, as well as major private sector financial institutions from across Africa and internationally.

Keynote Addresses

Full Schedule

Convention Agenda


Keynote Speakers
Hon. Maria Kiwana Kiwanuka
Senior Adviser: Finance
Office of the President of Uganda and
former Minister of Finance of Uganda
Hon. Latif Ssebagala Sengendo
former Minister of Finance of Uganda
Lawrence Kiiza
‎Director, Economic Affairs

Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, Uganda

Paul Bwiso
Chief Executive Officer

Uganda Securities Exchange

Ibrahim Rashid Jaffar
Chief Executive Officer

East Africa Bank

Jaafar S. Abdulkadir
Head of Islamic Banking

KCB Bank Group

Other Confirmed Speakers
Abubaker B. Mayanja
Managing Director

ABL Dunamis Ltd

Shk. Issa Lukwago
Managing Director

Midsoc Finance & Investment House

Keith Kalyegira

Capital Markets Authority

Saidu Babayo
Head Non-Interest Banking

Stanbic IBTC

Pius Muchiri
Managing Director

Nabo Capital

Dr. Ismail Ali
Director, Sales Channels

ITS Group

Saad Rahman
Managing Partner

Amani Partners

Lujja Sulaiman
Islamic Banking Committee

Tropical Bank Limited

Muhammad Ashfaq
Chief Executive Officer

Amanah Institute of Islamic Finance and Economics


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Combining a highly innovative and interactive conference format with world-class speakers and more than 200 international delegates, the Sub-Saharan Africa Islamic Finance Convention 2016 will tackle the most pressing questions for the progress of Islamic banking across the dynamic markets in this region.

  • Africa: New Momentum, New Opportunities
  • Strengthening the Regulatory Infrastructure in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • New Realities: Assessing the Challenges and Opportunities Facing Islamic Finance in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • New Insights, New Ideas: Boosting Trade & Investment Flows
  • New Growth Drivers in Islamic Finance: Innovation, Technology and Financial Inclusion in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Opportunities for Islamic Finance in a New Frontier
  • Setting the Standards: Adapting International Models to the Requirements of Africa
  • Understanding Consumer Preferences and Needs in Africa and Adapting Islamic Banking Products
  • Islamic Microfinance in Sub-Saharan Africa

Insights from Our Speaker

Ibrahim Rashid Jaffar
Chief Executive Officer
East Africa Bank

“Islamic finance has the potential to make significant contributions to economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa across three major dimensions. Firstly, it promises to boost financial inclusion, especially of the large under-banked Muslim demographic on the continent. Secondly, it can provide supportive financing structures for SMEs as well as investment in public infrastructure through Sukuk, especially as Islamic finance emphasizes an asset-backed financing and risk-sharing feature. Lastly, this risk-sharing feature may pose less systemic hazards than conventional finance. As of now, Africa has only around 2% of global Islamic banking assets and as little as 0.5% of Sukuk outstanding, so the potential upside is substantial. The second edition of the Sub-Saharan Africa Islamic Finance Convention will provide an opportunity to interact with industry stakeholders to further advance the future of Islamic banking and finance in Sub-Saharan Africa.”


Jaafar S. Abdulkadir
Head of Islamic Banking
KCB Bank Group

"Islamic finance offers a great deal of opportunities as an alternative financing model that could help plug the financing gaps in infrastructure, healthcare, education and other related public as well as private sector driven projects. The fact that Islamic finance seeks to promote financial inclusion also helps to diversify sources of financial deposits and enhance risk management gets it to be aligned with the poverty reduction strategies as espoused in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals."


Abubaker B. Mayanja
Managing Director
ABL Dunamis Ltd

“2016 has been a transformational year for Islamic Finance in Uganda. Uganda may be somewhat late to adopt the Islamic banking model but the country has an important strategic advantage of being a member of the IDB group and this will over time result in long term capital from IDB giving it an advantage in the race to become an important hub for Islamic finance in Africa. Islamic finance offers an opportunity for Uganda to tap into Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) from across the Middle East as well as broader OIC markets, while the Sukuk instrument is well suited to meet the funding needs of high-priority infrastructure projects on the continent as the instrument can provide state institutions with access to a new international investor base and broaden their sources of fiscal funding. In addition, Islamic banking provides a powerful catalyst for improving financial inclusion in Africa that will help boost consumer banking penetration. We look forward to welcoming an even larger delegation of international industry leaders to at the Sub Saharan Africa Islamic Finance Convention in Kampala in April 2017.”


Paul Bwiso
Chief Executive Officer
Uganda Securities Exchange

"Africa continues to be a positive growth story for international investors. As an emerging economy, the continent has huge infrastructural and funding needs. The African Development Bank reports that Africa needs to spend US$360bn on infrastructure by 2040. In order to close the finance deficit for the strategic economic projects and infrastructure, we must turn to the capital markets. Islamic finance and investment provides an important alternative to attract liquidity and mobilize investments as well as diversifying the products on the markets. The importance of Islamic finance can be deduced from the substantial efforts that African financial regulators have invested in advancing Islamic finance and encouraging Shariah-compliant investment which has led to an increase in investors from the Gulf and the broader OIC markets. Ultimately, the financial sector in Sub-Saharan Africa is growing rapidly hence driving increased cross-border flows. The second edition of the Sub-Saharan Africa Islamic Finance Convention to be held in Uganda will address the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for the banking and investment community across Africa.”

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