Being organized under the patronage of Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qassimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, the event will be held at Expo Centre Sharjah from December 16 to 18,2013.
" We are proud to have Emirates Islamic Bank as Platinum Sponsors of the second OIC Halal Middle East Exhibition and Congress. Recognized as the Best Islamic Corporate Bank in the region at the 2013 Banker Middle East Industry Awards, EIB will be a key partner in highlighting halal finance opportunities for participants, " said Mr Saif Mohammed Al Midfa, Director - General, Expo Centre Sharjah.
However, the global Islamic finance industry is not growing at its true potential as Shariah - compliant assets account for less than 2% of conventional equivalents, providing ample room for growth, point out industry experts.
" The Islamic finance industry has undergone rapid growth in recent years, but it remains an untapped market across many asset classes and geographies. We need to redefine our strategies to capitalize on these opportunities. The industry support to the 2nd OIC Halal ME Exhibition and Congress will go a long way in creating awareness and planning innovative products to achieve that objective, " added Mr Midfa.
Industry observers are also pointed out that with the debt crisis deepening in the West, investors are increasingly looking to move away from a speculative financial system. And, Islamic finance ' s fundamental tenets have helped boost its image as a safe haven.
The show has also come at a time when the UAE Central Bank is planning to create a governance unit that will organize the activities of Shariah - compliant banks and Islamic units at commercial banks.
For its second edition, while Halal ME will be a comprehensive sourcing point for all halal products, from food to pharmaceuticals and insurance to tourism, the Halal Congress will offer a gathering point for food producers, exporters, importers, dealers as well as scholars and experts on halal markets and standards.