(MENAFN - Arab News) The National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD), after successfully co-sponsoring the Middle East Securities Forum (MESF) last year in Oman, is once again main co-sponsor to welcome Custody Forum from March 20-21 in Abu Dhabi.
MESF brings together Abu Dhabi's policy-makers, investors and key decision-makers from across the GCC and beyond.
The forum will address the need for strong operational framework to meet the ever-increasing investors' demand, and will highlight the recent initiatives and developments in the region from a regulatory and risk management standpoint to mitigate the challenges for a more transparent investment environment.
Alan Durrant, chief investment officer of NBAD's Asset Management Group, and Hany Samir, head of custody and co-head of Fund Administration Services at NBAD, will share their views on how the MENA region and specifically the GCC financial market could become more attractive for global investors in light of the European and US debt crisis by creating more transparency and robust risk management initiatives.
"The Middle East Securities Forum 2012 offers a platform for prominent buy and sell-side securities services professionals and entities from across the MENA region and beyond as well as regulators and stakeholders to discuss the critical and important topics of the day," says Samir.
"In fact, NBAD's sponsorship and contribution to the forum is founded in our philosophy to facilitate platforms for exchange of information and knowledge-sharing, which NBAD believes benefits everyone by leading to greater stability and sustainability in the markets."
NBAD became the country's first local securities custodian in 2009 and continues to expand its footprint across the region by providing tailor made solutions blended with cultural and regulatory know-how to a vast regional and global clientele.