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Event Date Thu Oct 7 BST (14 days ago)
In your timezone (EDT): Thu Oct 7 10:00am - Thu Oct 7 3:00pm
Location Virtual
Region EMEA

Changes in global trade trends and the decline of cash-dominated economies have bolstered the digitalisation of money and payments across the Arab world. However, payment and market infrastructures remain fragmented, making intraregional integration across wholesale and retail payments vital to supporting innovation and economic growth.

OMFIF’s Digital Monetary Institute and the Arab Monetary Fund are convening the ‘Spearheading digital innovation and cross-border payments: The Arab CBDC conference’. Key points of discussion will include national retail payment strategies and the unbundling of banking services, CBDC developments in the region, innovations in cross-border interbank payments and the crypto asset landscape.

This regional conference comes after the inaugural DMI symposium in April. The symposium brought together 115 central banks from across the world with over 2,000 attendees. The DMI is now the world’s leading independent platform for convening central banks on CBDCs, digital payments, distributed ledger technology and related digital finance topics.


2021 Speakers


Al Hamidy
Director General Chairman of the Board, Arab Monetary Fund


Rami Abul Naga
Deputy Governor, Central Bank of Egypt

Panelist animation
Alexandre Mouradian Vice Governor, Banque du Liban

Yasmeen Murtadha Al Sharaf
Director of Fintech and Innovation, Central Bank of Bahrain

Bader Al Aghbari
Vice President, Central Bank of Oman

Habib Attia
Senior Financial Sector Specialist, Arab Monetary Fund

Bernard Ferran
General Manager, Euroclear

Maha Bahou
Chief Executive Officer, Jordan Payments & Clearing Company

Wolfram Seidemann
Chief Executive Officer, Giesecke+Devrient Currency Technology GmbH

Mehdi Manaa
Chief Executive Officer, Buna

Phantom Seokgu Yun
Chief Executive Officer, Sovereign Wallet Network

Naveen Mallela
Global Head of Coin Systems, Onyx by JP Morgan

Koji Fusa
Chief Executive Officer, GVE