Coronavirus Update
In light of the growing concerns around the coronavirus (COVID-19) and subsequent regional travel restrictions, BAFT has decided to postpone its upcoming Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Bank to Bank Forum scheduled for March 18-19, as well as the Master Participation Agreement (MPA) Pre-Conference Workshop on March 17, both to be held in Dubai, UAE. The health and well-being of our members, conference attendees, speakers, sponsors and employees is a top priority for BAFT and we believe this is the best way to ensure their safety at this time. We have rescheduled the MENA Bank to Bank Forum for September 1-2, while the MPA Pre-Conference Workshop will now be in the afternoon of August 31, both in Dubai. All registrations will be transferred accordingly. If you are no longer able to attend the meeting due to the date change, please contact .

Business Unusual: In its fourth year running, the BAFT MENA Bank to Bank Forum returns to Dubai in 2020. Building off previous years and feedback from leading financial services professionals who have attended in years past, the 2020 MENA Bank to Bank Forum will include hot-topic sessions on:

  • Macro-economic fundamentals in the MENA region
  • Regional Payment Schemes
  • IFRS9, Basel III and IBOR
  • DLT and Crypto Enabled Payment Networks
  • Cybersecurity and Data Sharing
  • Sustainability and ESG in Trade Finance
  • Click here to view the full program
    Conference Highlights

    Innovation Showcase: Last year we gathered several trade consortia to showcase their blockchain based trade finance and lending solutions in a single showcase. This year’s showcase is built into the conference program with providers presenting in 15-minute sessions on the main stage throughout the duration of the conference, so you don’t even need to leave your seat.

    Regional Showcase: A new edition to this year’s MENA Bank to Bank Forum is the Regional Showcase. A contemporary approach to feature cross border trade between the Middle East and Africa, this showcase will highlight the growing importance of this regional trade corridor and its specific financial impact on the MENA region.

    Master Participation Agreements (MPA) Pre-Conference Workshop: For the first year, we will be hosting a pre-conference workshop on August 31 for both the BAFT English Law MPA and the BAFT IIFM Islamic MPA. This workshop is included in the registration fee for the 2020 MENA Bank to Bank Forum. Non-Forum attendees can register to attend for a nominal fee. Limited seats are available and will be allotted on a first come, first served basis. Register here.

    Who Should Attend

    Join 200 senior banking executives, thought leaders, consultants, and technology providers as we gather to focus on the issues most important to the banking industry in the Middle East and North Africa.

    Attendee Testimonials
    “The 2019 BAFT MENA Forum was an excellent event with high quality speakers presenting on important issues in the banking industry both for the region and globally.”
    “Very interesting and relevant topics discussed during the forum. Great opportunity for networking.”
    “A well organized conference overall with topical content. I will attend again next year.”
    Register for the 2020 MENA Bank to Bank Forum

    Two ways to register:

  • Do you have a BAFT Account? Register online by clicking the button below.
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  • CategoryRegistration Fee
    Member$650 USD
    Non-Member$850 USD
    Government$450 USD
    Corporate$350 USD