Posted on December 09, 2018

Commercial Bank is acting as Lead Sponsor of the Euromoney Qatar Conference 2018, which kicked off yesterday (9 December 2018) at the St Regis Hotel in Doha.

The Euromoney Conference is a major industry event in Qatar, bringing together leaders from around the world to discuss pressing global financial issues, especially relating to the State of Qatar and its economy. The focus of this year’s conference is Qatar’s post-blockade strategy and its development as a sustainable economy. The conference, which is held under the patronage of HE Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, features a host of prominent national and international speakers. High profile speakers include HE Mr Ali Shareef Al Emadi, Minister of Finance, HE Sheikh Abdullah Bin Saoud Al Thani, Governor of the Qatar Central Bank, and Philippe Legrain, Visiting Fellow, London School of Economics.

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Commercial Bank Managing Director Omar Hussain Alfardan, attended the conference yesterday and Group CEO Joseph Abraham gave a keynote interview. Mr Abraham discussed Qatar’s economic prospects in 2019, international investor confidence in Qatar and Commercial Bank, and how Commercial Bank is bringing technological innovation and a competitive edge to Qatar’s banking sector. Dr Leonie Lethbridge, EGM, Chief Operating Officer at Commercial Bank will speak on the second day of the conference about the future of financial services and its focus on technological innovation to improve customer service. 

Mr Alfardan said: “Commercial Bank’s sponsorship of the Euromoney Qatar Conference 2018 is part of our commitment to help realise the goals of the economic pillar of the Qatar National Vision 2030 by promoting excellence within the country’s financial sector. It is important that people in the sector – both within Qatar and globally – have opportunities to share knowledge and expertise through conferences like Euromoney in light of the changes that are taking place internationally”. Mr Abraham said: “The Euromoney Qatar Conference 2018 provided a great opportunity to hear the views of their Excellencies the Minister of Finance and the Governor of Qatar Central Bank, and other excellent speakers, on how the financial services sector can work together to drive Qatar’s private sector and economic growth forward into 2019. It is an honour to sponsor such an important forum for the exchange of ideas.”

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Euromoney Conferences is the world’s leading organiser of events for capital markets and investment professionals. It has almost 50 years’ experience connecting companies and governments with the financial institutions that support their growth. Through its events it aims to identify and explain the latest trends in global financial markets and act as an impartial forum for the rigorous exchange of ideas. In addition to this year’s sponsorship of the conference, Commercial Bank was also Lead Sponsor of the Euromoney Qatar Conference in 2013, demonstrating its commitment to supporting high-profile, financial events of this kind in Qatar.