Monday, February 18, 2008

Bankers on my Lens

The big boss of Central Bank of Bahrain, yesterday (17 Feb 2008) visited my hotel. He is the Deputy Governor, Dr. Anwar Khalifa Al Sadah. He officially opened and addressed a welcoming speech on the Seminar and Dialogue on “Italo-Arab Finance and Banking,” at Murjan room, Novotel Al Dana Resort, Bahrain.

The seminar initiates a direct dialogue between the banking sectors in Italy and the Arab Gulf Region. It expands in particular issues of concern to gulf and Italian bankers on general cooperation, mainly investment banking and financial development, thus focusing on progress and challenges facing both banking sector.

The 2 (two) days seminar purposes to strengthen the banking, economical and social ties between Italy and the Arab/Gulf region as well as to enhance cooperation in the field of investment and finance.

I guess more then 50 bank practitioners from both countries attended the seminar. Some important persons also came, such as Chairman Union of Arab Banks Mr. Adnan Ahmed Yousif, General Manager Italian Banking Association and Chairman of the Executive Committee of European Banking Federation, Mr. Giuseppe Zadra, CEO Arcapita Bank BSC- Bahrain, Mr. Atif Abdul Malik, CEO Islamic International Rating Agency, Mr. Jamal Abbas Zaidi, and Economic and International Banking expert, UAB advisor in Europe, Mr. Hatem Abou Said who in charge as the Program Moderator.

The seminar run till today and is continued with a gala dinner, tonite (18 February 2008) at Al Yacout Moroccan Restaurant. I captured them with my Nikon D50, all of them on my 55mm lens.


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