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Event in Abu Dhabi to discuss major economic challenges facing the world

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Dubai: The UAE’s Minister of Energy, central bank heads and a former UK prime minister will headline the Global Financial Markets Forum, which kicks off on Tuesday in Abu Dhabi.

The event, now in its ninth edition, will bring together prominent speakers and market movers to share perspectives on major economic challenges facing the world.

Speakers include Khaldoon Al Mubarak, group chief executive officer of Mubadala; Sultan Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State and group CEO of Adnoc; and Abdul Hamid Saeed, group CEO of First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB).

Also speaking at the two-day event will be former British Prime Minister David Cameron who will take part in an on-stage discussion.

The forum will cover topics such as the global macro-economic environment, Brexit, asset allocation strategy, oil, alternative energy, and opportunities in India and China, among other issues.

The event will also see discussions on financial regulations, with a panel featuring the central bank governors of the UAE, Kuwait and Egypt, as well as the governor of the Saudi Arabia Monetary Authority.

Over 1,600 delegates are expected to attend the event, according to organisers First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB).

Lawrence Summers, a leading economist and former senior official at the US Treasury Department under former President Bill Clinton, will be speaking at the event, as well.

“With global financial markets experiencing a period of sustained volatility, [the forum] is an opportunity for policymakers, business leaders, and investors to come together to navigate the course ahead,” said FAB group CEO Saeed said.

The event will begin with a discussion on Abu Dhabi’s transformation journey, featuring the heads of Mubadala, Adnoc and FAB. This will be followed by a speech from Suhail Al Mazrouei, the UAE’s Minister of Energy and president of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec), and later, various panels on global economics and finance.

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