The 2nd Annual Africa Banking & Finance Conference – ABFC 2012 will again be held in Nairobi Kenya on the 6-7 March 2012. The hugely successful ABFC 2011 wrapped up with a resounding agreement among speakers that Africa is on a growth trajectory but still remains a high risk- high return proposition. The large unbanked or financially excluded population, (up to 78% in some countries), the growing middle class consumers, infrastructure development needs and the growing external interest on Africa are some of the factors posing both opportunities and challenges for the banking & finance industry in Africa.
Held in Strategic Partnership with Kenya Bankers Association, the 2nd Annual Africa banking & Finance Conference – ABFC 2012 will gather industry thought leaders in dynamic debates and your representatives will interact with international as well as regional players in the banking, finance and investment community. High profile audience of policy makers, regulators, consultants, diplomats, academics, and government officials will attend ABFC 2012.
Themes at ABFC 2012
Risk Management Practices
The issue of Anti-Money Laundering measures and countering financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) and how African financial jurisdictions are measuring upto their counterparts in the developed markets.
Sophisticated risk management procedures ie lending criteria, bad debt and regulatory initiatives.
The challenges of striking a balance between the financial inclusion agenda and the security controls that are put in place.
Regulatory role against the target of the financial inclusion agenda.
SMEs, infrastructure and project finance
Their place in the modern product portfolio; How will products shift in response to new customer demands; How can regional banks differentiate their future products in a competitive market?
Sustainable Banking and Financial Services
This will relate number different topics, such as operational efficiencies that encourage economic prosperity, banking and investments performance and Corporate Social Responsibility
Development and Integration of Banking Channels and Products
This theme examines the impact on economic growth and development- the need to scale up to access complex market. How will banks improve on integrative thinking and business design? How are the leading industry players improving their operating performance?
Strengthening Regulatory Frameworks to Accelerate the regional Development
This theme will address the issues of global connectivity with a focus on reinforcing co-operation across jurisdictions to ensure stronger regional regulatory architecture, developing supervisory frameworks to support the increase in cross-border activities, cushioning against the global oscillations.