19th April 2022, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain | The General
Council for Islamic Banks and Financial Institutions (CIBAFI), the global
umbrella of Islamic financial institutions, kicked off its annual meetings
today. The annual meetings will be held over three days.
Events planned for the CIBAFI Annual Meetings 2022 include a
series of regular meetings, webinars on timely topics and the CIBAFI 22nd
Annual General Meeting (AGM). These gatherings aim to bring together CIBAFI
members, strategic partners, and stakeholders from various countries to discuss
CIBAFI's recent efforts and plans. It is also an opportunity to exchange ideas
about new trends, opportunities, and challenges confronting the finance
industry in general, and the Islamic financial services industry in particular.
The first day of this 3-day programme witnessed the 18th
CIBAFI Accreditation Board (AcB) meeting, which featured a discussion among
members about enhancing the professional development roadmap to serve the
Islamic financial services industry and keep up with global developments.
The AcB meeting was followed by the Professional Development
and Human Empowerment Strategic Session. This session aimed to bring together
CIBAFI professional development agents, human resource executives and managers,
and other stakeholders to discuss the recent approaches to continuously
delivering high-quality professional education that meets international quality
The strategic session was inaugurated through a welcoming
remark by Dr. Abdelilah Belatik, Secretary General of CIBAFI as well as special
remarks from Dr. Faisal Mahmoud Atbani, Assistant Professor of Law and Head of
Risk Management & Insurance Department, King Abdulaziz University – Islamic
Economic Institute, Saudi Arabia.
During the session, the speakers which included Prof. Dr.
Ahcene Lahsasna, Chief Executive Officer, Salihin Shariah Advisory Services Sdn
Bhd, Malaysia and Dr. Mohamed Qalib Daqane, Deputy General Manager, Salaam
Center for Training, Research and Consultancy, Djibouti emphasized the
importance of implementing new training methods to cope with the new normal.
They also shared the opportunities and challenges of developing training
courses and the professional certificates that are aligned with the emerging
topics of digital transformation and sustainability in Islamic finance. The
speakers also talked about how to incorporate emerging trends and developments
into training and professional empowerment initiatives. Finally, the speakers also
discussed the differences between holding in-person and virtual training
programmes and methods of leveraging digital advancements for the development
and expansion of professional development in Islamic finance. Ms. May Arshi,
Research Analyst, CIBAFI, moderated this session. This initiative is aligned
with CIBAFI’s third strategic objective of Training and Professional
Empowerment, which aims to enhance capacity building in the IFSI.
The second day of CIBAFI Annual Meetings will continue with
a webinar highlighting the CIBAFI Sustainability Guide for Islamic Financial
Institutions. This webinar will provide an overview of the structure and
essential components of the Sustainability Guide, followed by an interactive
panel discussion with industry experts. Keep up to date by following this link: