Posted on October 17, 2017

The Euromoney Qatar Conference will return to Doha in December, offering expert insights into Qatar’s financial development after a turbulent year, along with discussion of the wider economic landscape of the region.

Co-hosted with the Qatar Central Bank, the event – whose theme is “Digital innovation: the financial future” – will bring together senior bankers, business leaders and government ministers to examine the emerging development challenges facing institutions in the GCC, as well as the opportunities the current climate presents. 

One of the highlights of the event will be an on-stage interview with H.E. Mr Ali Shareef Al Emadi, Minister of Finance, State of Qatar, who will provide his perspective on Qatar’s economic strategy, and how it has adapted to respond to the changing geopolitical climate. Qatar’s economy has been resilient in the face of challenges created by the on-going regional blockade that began in June 2017, with a recent IMF report saying that the banking sector continues to benefit from a firm foundation of high quality assets and strong capitalisation. In addition, Qatar’s flexible economic policies continue to prove attractive for foreign direct investment.

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One of the key areas of discussion during the event will be whether the changing political dynamics will benefit Qatar in the longer-term, encouraging greater economic diversification and building new economic links and partnerships. Victoria Behn, Euromoney Conference’s Head of Middle East and Africa, said: “This year’s Euromoney Qatar Conference will be one of the most interesting in the event’s six-year history, since 2017 has seen some dramatic economic and political changes. We are privileged to have a diverse range of national and international speakers coming together to discuss the critical issues and significant opportunities that this dynamic context presents.”

In addition to sessions examining Qatar’s economy and the wider global macro outlook, the Euromoney Qatar Conference will include sessions on capital investment in expensive markets; cybersecurity and the role of the technology in regulation; and a thematic panel on “fintech” – financial technologies including blockchain.

The Euromoney Qatar Conference will run from 5-6 December 2017 in Doha. For more information or to register, visit