The second French Arab Banking Dialogue : Paris, October 19, 2012

The 2nd French-Arab Banking Dialogue is a platform for representatives of the public and private sectors, as well as leading bankers, to meet and discuss issues of utmost concern to the French-Arab partnerships amidst the global developments.

The Forum, through its plenary panel discussions, will focus on shaping some ideas, amidst the recent developments, about new areas of partnering which could put the Arab, French and international economies, businesses, and financial institution son the right track towards sustainable growth and prosperity.

The Forum also introduces sponsors to the Arab and French communities. Sponsors have the opportunity to demonstrate to a high-profile audience areas in which their organizations excel.

The 2nd French-Arab Banking Dialogue Forum

Paris – France

 19th of October 2012

George V Four Seasons Hotel Paris

Preliminary Program

08:30              Registration

09:00-10:00    Opening Addresses


–       Dr. Joseph Torbey, Chairman, World Union of Arab Bankers, Chairman of the Executive Committee, Union of Arab Banks

–       H.E. Mr. Adnan Kassar, Chairman, General Union of Arab Chambers of Commerce

–       Mrs. Ariane Obolensky, Chief Executive, French Banking Federation

–       Mr. Herve de Charette, President, Chambre de Commerce Franco-Arabe

–       Speaker from the Ministry of Finance (TBC)

10:00-10:30    Coffee Break Networking

10:30-12:00    Session 1: Arab-French Banking and Financial Cooperation: Impact of the Arab Transitions on Joint Partnerships 



–       Mr. Henri de Courtivron, General Manager, Fransabank (France) S.A.

–       Mr. Alain Gaignard, HSBC, France

–       Dr. Mazen Soueid, Chief Economist, BankMed, Lebanon

–       Mr. Herve Cronel, Conseiller Special, Charge de l’Economie et du Developpement durable, Cabinet du Secretaire Geenral de la Francophonie

–       Mr. Arnaud De Bresson, Managing Director, Paris-Europlace

–       Mr. Gilles Dermaux, General Manager, QNB – Paris

–       Speaker suggested by French Banking Federation

12:00-12:15                Coffee Break Networking

12:15-13:30    Session 2: Shaping the Future of the Arab-French/European Financial Markets 

  •  Post-spring/crises regulatory changes
  •  Complying with International banking and financial standards in the wake of Basel III
  •  Impact of the imposed European sanctions on the French-Arab cooperative partnerships
  •  FATCA


–       Mr. Andrew Cunningham, Founder, Darien Middle East

–       Mr. Philippe de Fontaine-Vive, Vice President, European Investment Bank (TBC)

–       Prof. Christian de Boissieu, Paris I Sorbonne, President du Conseil d’Analyse Economique, Member du College de l’AMF

–       Mr. Alexandre Kateb, Director, Competence Finance, France

–       Dr. Wolfgang Goeb, Head of Business Development, Software Daten Service

–       Ms. Alissa Amico, Manager Middle East and North Africa, Corporate Affairs OECD

13:30-15:00                Lunch

15:00-1600                 Case Study 1: Special Financial measures after the Arab Transitions: How to deal with them 

  •  Frozen Assets ex: (countries experiences)
  •  Financial sanctions and transaction supervision ex: (countries experiences)


–       Dr. Saleh Al Tayar, Secretary General, Chambre de Commerce Franco-Arabe

–       Mr. Hubert de Vauplane, Avocat Associe, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel

–       Mr. Vincent Soulignac, Juriste au sein d’une AAI, spécialiste des sanctions financières internationals, France

–       Mr. Laurent Renaudot, Consultant Manager, Audisoft Consultants, France

–       Mr. Mohammad Bin Youssef, General Manager, Libyan Arab Foreign Bank (TBC)

–       Speaker from CCFA (Tunisia Experience)


16:00-17:00    Case Study 2: The Development of Islamic Banking and Finance potentiality in France: a worthwhile challenge for French Banks?

17:00              Forum Closing remarks


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