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DOHA: The seventh edition of the annual MultaQa Qatar conference, jointly organised by the Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) Authority and Global Reinsurance, is set to open here today.
Over the next two days, over 500 senior delegates from more than 30 countries will discuss key trends and drivers for the MENA region’s buoyant (re)insurance markets as well as relevant global developments. The Minister of Economy and Finance H E Yousuf Hussein Kamal will deliver the keynote address.
“The QFC Authority is delighted to host the annual MultaQa Qatar for the seventh time. We are proud that since its launch in 2007 this meeting has become the leading platform for the risk and insurance industry to network and discuss the main themes affecting the industry in the MENA region,” Abdulrahman Al Shaibi, Managing Director and Board Member of the QFC Authority, said yesterday.
Shashank Srivastava, CEO and Board Member of the QFC Authority, said: “The insurance sector plays a pivotal role in promoting the economic and social development of the MENA region. MultaQa Qatar offers a unique opportunity for regional and international executives and experts to share their knowledge and experience, contributing to the industry’s further professionalisation.”
On the opening day, Al Shaibi will highlight the crucial role of the insurance sector in developing a vibrant financial services sector in Qatar. His presentation will be followed by the first industry keynote address, delivered by Chris O’Kane, CEO of Aspen Group, who will elaborate on contemporary challenges facing the global property and casualty industry.
Ashok Kumar Roy, Chairman-cum-Managing Director, General Insurance Corporation of India, will discuss the role of the (re)insurance industry in emerging markets.
Akshay Randeva, Director, Strategic Development, QFC Authority and Dr Kai-Uwe Schanz, Chairman of MultaQa Qatar and Partner with Dr Schanz, Alms & Company will report on findings of the First MENA Insurance Barometer, a survey conducted on behalf of the Qatar Financial Centre Authority with 35 senior executives representing insurers, reinsurers and brokers operating in the region on the second day.