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Atlantis to play host to nineteenth World Conference of Banking Institutes

On 20-23 March this year the Bahamas Institute of Financial Services (BIFS) will host the high-profile international forum bringing together leading professionals in the finance sector to discuss the way forward for the financial services industry. This will be only the second time the region has hosted the event. 

Thursday, February 10, 2011
Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Bahamas Institute of Financial Services (BIFS), along with other participating organizations, have been working hard behind the scenes to put together one of the banking industry’s largest forums.

“The World Conference of Banking Institutes is a biennial event that brings together officials from the financial sector and personnel from financial training institutes worldwide,” explains BIFS executive director Kim Bodie. “We are expecting around 300 delegates from all over the world, including the Middle East, Europe, Canada, China, India, the US, the Caribbean region and Africa. Over the years, the conference has attracted delegates from more than 50 countries worldwide.”

Hosted over three days at Atlantis Paradise Island in March, the event’s aim is to encourage “exciting, open forum discussions on a range of diverse topics relevant to the current financial environment.”

Following a welcome reception for delegates hosted by the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (MOTA) on Sunday, March 20, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham will declare the conference officially open on the Monday morning. A number of social events have also been planned for delegates and their guests, with a full day of activities organized on Blue Lagoon Island, a culture evening at Old Fort Bay and a dinner event.

“Planning this event is a major undertaking of the BIFS. Only one other country in the region, Jamaica, has hosted this event,” continues Bodie. “The Education Committee, along with a highly recognized local events planner and MOTA, are facilitating all the plans to ensure that the forum is a first-class event.”

Based on the theme “Creating a Progressive Financial Environment: Trust, Accountability, Competence and Innovation,” discussions on the Monday will address trust and accountability, whereas competence and innovation will be the focus of Tuesday’s sessions.

19th World Conference of Banking Institutes

Third annual Bahamas International Maritime Conference and Trade Show (BIMCATS) held in Grand Bahama last week, attracted a large turnout of international and local maritime industry players. The three-day event focused on training and career development for seafarers.

New government office buildings on schedule to be completed by summer this year. The $19-million administration complex in the centre of Freeport will house a variety of government departments.

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