West African Banking & Insurance Forum 2012 (WABIF 2012)

Venue: La Palm Royal Beach Hotel

Location: Accra, Ghana

Event Date/Time: Jul 26, 2012 End Date/Time: Jul 26, 2012
Registration Date: Jun 20, 2012
Early Registration Date: May 25, 2012
Abstract Submission Date: May 30, 2012
Paper Submission Date: Jun 30, 2012
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Description

The West African Banking and Insurance Forum seeks to bring together major stakeholders and the sub-region’s economic power brokers in the banking and insurance industries. The forum will also play host to the region’s leading practitioners and regulators in the respective industries to share new ideas and learn from the experiences of the banking and insurance industries in other markets.


The West African Banking and Insurance Forum will convene under the theme, “Limiting Risks, Optimizing Opportunities”, and will be focused on addressing the developments and challenges in the Banking and Insurance sectors, towards enhancing Africa’s global competitiveness. The event will hold from the 26th to the 27th of July, 2012 at the La Palm Royal Beach Hotel in Accra, Ghana and will address issues such as:
• New and improved technologies for faster growth and higher returns
• Monitoring investment performance
• Staying on top in times of challenges
• Risk and investment
• Uncovering the most effective investment strategies
• Selecting the best fund managers and where to channel your investments for outstanding returns.
• Harnessing new opportunities in banking and insurance


Why Attend West African Banking and Insurance Forum 2012?
Register for the West African Banking & Insurance Forum 2012 in order to:

 BENEFIT from new insights from experienced practitioners and experts
 NETWORK with over 200 personalities drawn from the financial services sector
 BE PART of a series of interactive platforms such as panel discussions and networking side events
 GAIN inspiration from global figures and have a deeper understanding of the financial services industry in West Africa and how to navigate its challenges.
 MEET industry leaders, regulators and policy makers and share your views on possible policy reforms with them
 DEVELOP strategies and partnerships to profit from the region's huge growth potentials in insurance and banking
 PARTICIPATE in countless networking sessions designed to encourage one-on-one meetings amongst delegates and speakers
 GAIN insights on how to make your firm more competitive and how to maximize profitability in competitive markets
 UNDERSTAND how to leverage new technologies in banking to maximize your returns
 MEET and COLLABORATE with key stakeholders to bring innovation to the market
 LISTEN to and LEARN from work-class case studies in banking and insurance
FOCUS GROUP
The West African Banking and Insurance Forum is targeted at investment banks, universal banks, asset management firms, life and general business insurers, investment advisors, insurance brokers and industry regulators
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
Managing Directors, Chief Financial Officers, Chief Information Officers, Chief Technical Officers, Chief Operating Officers, Policy Analysts, Finance Directors, Heads of Treasury, Finance Managers, Marketing Managers, Pension Funds Managers, Hedge Funds Managers, Insurance Fund Managers, Investment Bankers, Mutual Fund Managers, Asset Managers, Management Consultants and Economists.
HIGHLIGHTS
Speed Business Dating Opportunities: The event presents you with quality networking experience ranging from coffee breaks and lunches to exquisite evening receptions. Delegates will have the opportunity to network with potential strategic partners and industry leaders from the sub-region and other markets
Forum Programme: WABIF 2012 presents an interesting line-up of speakers and topics. Get close to experts and captains of industry as they share their experiences via interviews, workshops, plenary sessions and one-on-one meetings.
Sponsorships & Exhibition: The Forum provides opportunities for exhibitions and sponsorship. Sponsoring WABIF 2012 comes with enormous opportunities for public relations and brand exposure. Exhibitors at WABIF 2012 will come face-to-face with decision makers from the sub-region’s leading financial institutions that will be looking for market insights and business solutions.
Marketing Platform: Sponsors and exhibitors will have access to a selected niche of corporate decision makers to market their products/services to.
THEMATIC AREAS
In line with the theme: Limiting Risk, Optimizing Opportunities” this year’s edition of the West African Banking and Insurance Forum will look at the following areas:
THE FINANCIAL SERVICES INDUSTRY AND AFRICA’S GLOBAL COMPETITIVENESS
The 2012 edition of the Economic Report on Africa revealed that the continent has immense potential to become a leading economic power bloc at the global level. The financial services sector has been very instrumental in the economic development of the continent. How the industry in the West African sub-region can be positioned to propel the continent’s global competitiveness will be the thrust of this session.
INDUSTRY LEADERSHIP: BUILDING A LEADERSHIP-DRIVEN ORGANIZATION
A coherent framework of regulation and oversight which promotes innovation and entrepreneurial adventure is vital in harnessing an industry’s competitive advantage. As organizations face intense competition in markets, they often resort to all kinds of strategies in outwitting their competitors. The panel will deliberate on what it really takes to take a commanding lead in a competitive landscape. They will also discuss how firms in the region can be more innovative in service delivery and become globally competitive.
NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND SOCIAL MEDIA AS A POTENTIAL GROWTH AND PROFITABILITY ENABLER
How can financial services providers in the region utilize social networking platforms such as facebook and twitter amongst others to further enhance their business operations? What new technologies can banking institutions and insurance companies in the sub-region employ to maximize their profitability?
FINANCIAL SERVICES AND REGULATORY BEST PRACTICES IN TIMES OF UNCERTAINTIES
Political upheavals across the world are taking a heavy toll on businesses. Of equal measure and concern is economic turmoil and instability as experienced in various parts of Africa and the world at large. This session will discuss regulatory and practical measures that can be taken to restore confidence in the financial sector in times of economic volatility.

EXPLORING AND MAXISIMING OPPORTUNITIES IN MICROFINANCE & MICROINSURANCE
Microfinance has become a key component of business today for many an investor. As attractive as the sector is, there are obvious challenges that continue to pose threats to players. It is noteworthy that the sector has chalked major successes in reaching the unbanked population but that notwithstanding, it still has many issues to grapple with. In this session, the panel will discuss how microfinance can be regularized and strengthened to deliver optimum solutions.

Similarly Micro insurance just like microfinance is an emerging business in the insurance industry that is yet to see its fullest exploration. The session will discuss how companies can explore micro insurance in order to reach the uninsured market.
ATTRACTING AND RETAINING BEST TALENTS
The performance potential of every organization depends to a very large extent on the capability of its people. The more effective and efficient the human resource base, the better the service delivery. Employee turnover poses serious threat to customer loyalty and reflects negatively on the bottom line. The panel will discuss what it takes to attract and retain the best talents in order to attain higher heights.
FINANCING ENTREPRENEURIAL VENTURES IN WEST AFRICA
The quest for start-up capital by new venture creators across the region continues to be met with unpleasant responses by financial services providers. To say therefore that financing entrepreneurial ventures in Africa is challenging is no understatement. The panel will discuss how start-ups across the region can be financed to develop whilst also ensuring adequate returns for the financing organizations.

Venue

No. 1 Bypass, Accra P.O.Box OS 3000
Accra
Ghana
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Additional Information

FIVE EASY WAYS TO REGISTER AS A DELEGATE  Online: Register online at: www.thebftonline.com/wabif  E-mail: E-mail your details to: wabif@thebftonline.com  Fax: +233(0) 302 775 449  Tel: +233 (0) 302 785 366, +233 (0) 24 4 801419  Post: PMB CT 16, Cantonments- Accra, Ghana Forum Fees/ Forum frais Registration fee: US$ 750.00 Hotel Accommodation (La Palm Royal Beach Hotel): US$330.00 per night (Rates will be made available for other hotels upon request) Exhibition fees: USD5,000 per booth

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