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FinanceMalta conference to discuss future prospects

FinanceMalta’s annual conference this year will discuss the prospects and opportunities brought about by global events and technology.

Entitled ‘Malta’s Financial Services Industry – Taking the Next Quantum Leap’, the conference will  address issues such as the implications and opportunities brought about by Brexit and the implications of this development within the context of the Commonwealth, fintech, crowdfunding, Blockchain, as well as a number of other global and domestic industry-related developments.

The conference will kick off with a pre-conference networking event on May 17 and a full day conference on May 18 at the Hilton Conference Centre, Malta.

FinanceMalta chairman Kenneth Farrugia said: “During this year’s conference, we will be discussing the challenges and opportunities of the financial services sector in its drive to take a quantum leap and strengthen its position in the current financial sectors but also to also focus on the new emerging sectors that will support the business. However, for this to happen, we need to be innovative to harness the opportunities brought about by technology.”

The conference will kick off with a welcome address by Mr Farrugia, followed by an address by the Minister for Competitiveness and Digital, Maritime and Services Economy Minister Emmanuel Mallia. Lord Marland of Odstock will then take the stage with a presentation on ‘Leveraging the Commonwealth’s Economic and Business Potential’, which will be followed by a keynote address from Prime Minister Joseph Muscat. The event will also include an address on ‘The UK, Brexit and Malta: Implications and Opportunities for the UK and Malta.’

The second part of the morning session will be dedicated to the ever-increasing demand for online financial services, where the debate will focus on the new technological opportunities brought about by Blockchain, fintech, Bitcoin and cryptocurrency. This session will be delivered by Steve Tendon, managing director of TameFlow Consulting Ltd and an expert in the field. This topic will be discussed in further detail in relation to its local impact during the subsequent panel discussion entitled ‘Blockchain and the Maltese Economy – A Testing Ground Opportunity?’

The morning will end with the presentation on ‘The Resurgence of Securitisation – Leveraging Malta’s Opportunities’ by Dr Nicholas Curmi from Ganado Advocates, followed by a panel discussion on the topic.

The afternoon sessions will be taken up by three workshops each tackling a separate industry, namely ‘International Pensions Business – Growth opportunities’, ‘Creating an Environment for Entrepreneurs Through Crowdfunding, Private Equity and Venture Capital Business’, and ‘Malta’s Fintech Strategy’.

Next, KPMG partner Juanita Bencini will address all delegates on ‘The Business and Operational Implications of the 4th AML Directive’, while Nadine Lia will follow with her session on the ‘Family Business Act – Malta’s Proposition For International Family Business’.

The conference will be brought to a close by Finance Minister Edward Scicluna.

The main sponsor for this year’s conference are the Managing Partner Group (MPG), an asset management group.

More information and registration can be accessed on www.financemalta.org/conference-2017.

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