Abu Dhabi: The 2013 Global Financial Markets Forum (GFMF) kicks-off on Wednesday, February 27, 2013, at Abu Dhabi’s Emirates Palace, with speeches from renowned policymakers and continues with critical discussions on the most pressing issues impacting world economy.

GFMF, organised by the National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD), highlights Abu Dhabi’s rising influence in global financial affairs.

The two-day forum, which will feature several distinguished speakers, begins with the Welcome Address by Nasser Ahmad Al Sowaidi, the Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development and Chairman of NBAD, followed by a keynote address by Shaikh Nahyan Mabarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research.

David Milliband, former British Foreign Secretary, will deliver a keynote address titled: “Prosperity and Stability in Europe — UK Perspective.”

“The European Union has been one of the most critical news of the last two years; the bloc and its monetary system are at a crossroad. Our distinguished speakers’ explanation and analysis will not only provide guidance about the future of this bloc but also about the direction of the global economy,” says Mahmood Al Aradi, the Senior General Manager of NBAD’s Global Financial Markets.

In another keynote address, Sultan Bin Nasser Al Suwaidi, Governor of the Central Bank of the UAE, will highlight “Benefits of establishing local Debt Market in the UAE.”

Several CEOs of leading companies and banks will participate in a panel discussion on the impact of global challenges on UAE entities, and how UAE-based companies are positioning themselves in the global context. The panelists include Dr Nasser Saif Al Mansoori, CEO of Etihad Rail, Abdulla Al Mazroui, Chairman — Al Mazroui Holdings and TNI, Simon Cooper, CEO of HSBC Middle East, Tony Douglas, CEO — Abu Dhabi Ports Company, and Carl Sheldon, CEO of Taqa.

David McWilliams, economist, broadcaster and author, will deliver a keynote address tilted “The European Outlook”.

Since the first GFMF in 2009, the forum has been an unrivalled event in bringing prestigious thinkers and policy-makers to Abu Dhabi to analyse and debate the most critical issues impacting economy and allow investors to benefit from the most effective evaluation of the fundamentals.

2013 Global Financial Markets continues on Thursday, February 28, 2013. Michael Tomalin, the Group Chief Executive of NBAD will deliver the opening keynote on the second day of the GFMF.

In his keynote address, James A. Baker III, the former US Secretary of Treasury and State and a global statesman, will discuss the agenda for growth after the great recession while Lawrence McDonald, author of “A Colossal Failure of Common Sense: The Inside Story of the Collapse of Lehman Brothers”, will discuss the bond bubble.

Leading bankers and economists will participate in panel discussions on financial markets and banking.