First Thailand Islamic Finance Conference

Thursday, 6th September 2007: Ballroom, Hotel Plaza Athénée,

Wireless Road, Bangkok


Co-hosted by: Zaid Ibrahim & Co; UK Trade & Investment

Sponsored by: Aseambankers (Maybank Group)

In cooperation with: Ministry of Finance; Bank of Thailand; Islamic Bank of Thailand; Embassy of Malaysia in Bangkok;

Bank Negara Malaysia; International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance (INCEIF)


8.00 Enrolment

9.00 Conference and Sponsor Introduction: Mr. Chew Seng Kok, Managing Partner, Zaid Ibrahim & Co; Mr. Surachet Chaipatamanont, Chief Executive Officer, Aseambankers; Mr. Steve Buckley, Director, UK Trade and Investment

9.15 Keynote address: H.E. Mr. Sommai Phasee, Deputy Minister of Finance

            9.45 Overview of Islamic Finance – Central Bank Perspective: Mr. Muhammad bin Ibrahim, Assistant Governor,

Bank Negara Malaysia 


10.45 Overview of Islamic Finance – Legal Perspective: Dato? Dr. Nik Norzrul Thani, Partner, Zaid Ibrahim & Co.;

Dr. Aida Othman, Senior Associate, Zaid Ibrahim & Co.

            11.30 Islamic Finance in Thailand – Current State and Future Prospects: Mr. Kitti Patpong Pibul, Chairman, Islamic Bank of Thailand; Ms. Tong-u-rai Limpiti, Senior Director, Bank of Thailand 

12.30 Lunch

13.30 Case Study – Structuring Islamic Financing Transactions: Mr. Wan Asmani Wan Ahmed, Head, Islamic Capital Markets, Aseambankers; Mr. Megat Hizaini bin Hassan, Partner, Zaid Ibrahim & Co.

14.15 Trends in Islamic Finance – Critical Success Factors: Dato? Mohd Razif bin Abdul Kadir, Deputy Governor, Bank Negara Malaysia; Mr. Ibrahim Hassan, Head, Islamic Banking, Maybank; Mr. Douglas Jackson, Managing Director, A.T. Kearney; Mr. Agil Natt, CEO, International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance (INCEIF)

15.30 Panel Discussion: Making Islamic Finance Work in Thailand: Mr. Dheerasak Suwannayos, Acting President, Islamic Bank of Thailand; Dato? Dr. Nik Norzrul Thani, Partner, Zaid Ibrahim & Co.; Mr. Surachet Chaipatamanont, CEO, Aseambankers; Mr. Agil Natt, CEO, INCEIF; Mr. Marcus Hurry, CEO Thailand, HSBC

            16.30 End of conference


The worldwide development of Islamic finance has, in recent years, become spectacular, making this sector one of the fastest growing throughout the financial world. The Arabian Gulf area, the world?s largest source of surplus investment funds, has experienced dramatic development of Shari?ah compliant financing; the City of London, the hub of world financial innovation, now considers Islamic finance as a prime area of concentration; in Malaysia and Indonesia, Islamic finance is a major and fast growing part of the overall banking sector, used by Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

In Thailand, development of Islamic finance is now also gaining serious consideration with support from the Ministry of Finance, the Bank of Thailand, and the specialized and dedicated Islamic Bank of Thailand. However this development still has a long way to go: necessary tax and regulatory measures to encourage use of Islamic financial instruments are not yet fully implemented; the commercial banking sector has not yet introduced general use of ?Islamic windows?; the public at large are not yet familiar with the opportunities offered by Islamic finance for corporate, personal, housing, or trade finance; government has not yet accessed the massive international ?Sukuk? bond market for infrastructure development finance.

However interest is growing, and there is now a curiosity among bankers, financiers, property developers, and infrastructure promoters, about the benefits that Islamic finance may offer. The major educational institution the International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance is establishing a Thailand cooperation to enhance knowledge, skill development, and specific training in all aspects of Islamic finance.

This important First Thailand Islamic Finance Conference, supported by Thailand?s financial authorities, and sponsored by Zaid Ibrahim & Co, the leading ASEAN legal resource, and Aseambankers, the leading Islamic banking institution, offers an opportunity to gain insight into what Islamic finance can offer. Dataconsult Ltd, is holding this conference as a public service, at no charge to senior officials and private sector executives. Seating is limited: to secure your place please confirm below (list additional enrolments on a separate sheet).


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