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Under the High Patronage of Mr. Emmanuel MACRON President of the French Republic


Euro-Med Economic & Banking Summit 2023

 ‘For a Sustainable Euro – Mediterranean Economic Relationship

24th – 25th May, 2023                 Hôtel Peninsula              Paris – France


Agenda & Timetable

Wednesday 24th May 2023:

19:00 – 21:00        Gala Dinner featuring a Guest Speaker – Hotel Peninsula

Thursday 25th May 2023

08:00 – 09:00

Registration and welcome coffee

09:00 – 10:15

Opening Ceremony

Summit Introduction and Welcoming Remarks
Dr. El Hadi Chaibainou, Secretary General, Union Bancaire Francophone

Opening Speeches

Mr. Mohamed El Etreby, Chairman, Union of Arab Banks
Mrs. Maya Atig, Director General, French Banking Federation
H.E. Mr. Vincent Reina, President, Franco-Arab Chamber of Commerce

Keynote Speeches

Mr. Ferid Belhaj, Vice President /MENA Region, World Bank, Washington D.C.

H.E. Mr. Nasser Kamel, Secretary General, Union for the Mediterranean

10:15 – 10:45

Award Ceremony

“Arab Banker of the Year 2023”

H.E. Mr. Abdullah Bin Sulaiman Al Rajhi, Chairman, Al Rajhi Bank, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Award announcements:

Dr. Wissam H. Fattouh, Secretary General, Union of Arab Banks

Memorial Group Photo – Euro-Med Economic & Banking Summit 2023

10:45 – 11:00

Networking, Coffee break & visit to the exhibition accompanying the Summit

Panels of Discussion:

11:00 – 12:30

Panel 1: In an uncertain world, what new projects for Euro-Mediterranean relations?

– Impact of rising interest rates on Euro-Mediterranean economic growth
– Flows of investment, capital and trade.
– New projects in different areas: water, health, finance, cities, industries

Keynote Speech:

– H.E. Mr. Amin Salam, Minister of Economy & Trade, Lebanon


Mr. Sebastien De Brouwer, Chief Policy Officer, European Banking Federation
Mrs. Magali Cesana, Head of the Bilateral Affairs & International Business Development Dept. the French treasury
Mr. Thierry Simon, CEO, The Union of Arab and French Banks (UBAF)
Dr. Hashim Hussein, Head Investment and Technology Promotion Office, United Nations Industrial Development Organization UNIDO, Bahrain
Mr. George Kanaan, CEO, Arab Bankers Association, London

Moderator: Mr. Maurice Matta, Economic Expert

12:30 – 12:45

Coffee Break & Networking

12:45 – 14:00

Panel 2: What priorities for sustainable and inclusive Euro-Mediterranean development?: food security, climate change, water stress and inclusive growth.

– Euro-Mediterranean cooperation to achieve food security
– Climate-related risks to economic development and financial stability; Climate change adoption and mitigation
– Financial inclusion, MMSE financing, and sustainable development

Keynote Speeches:

Mrs. Hélène Le Gal, Managing Director-MENA Region, European Commission
Mr. Ferid Belhaj, Vice President /MENA Region, World Bank, USA


Mr. Emmanuel Rocher, Director of International Affairs of the Prudential Control and Resolution Authority, & Secretary General of the Group of Francophone Supervisors
Mr. Carlos Conde, Head of the Middle East and Africa Division Global
Relations Secretariat, OECD, France
Dr. Antoine Sfeir, Lawyer at the Paris Bars. Affiliated Partner in Montreal & Washington D.C, and Professor in International Law

Moderator: Mr. Fadi Halout, Managing Partner, Trialpha capital, France


End of the Summit and recommendations


Luncheon & Networking

N.B.: UAB & FBF reserves the right to modify the program as it sees fit


UAB-ICC Joint Conference

 “The Use of Arbitration and ADRs to provide efficient and innovative access to justice in the international banking and trade sectors.”

Friday 26th of May 2023

08:30 – 09:00

Registration & welcome coffee

09:00 – 09:40

Welcoming Addresses:

International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Representing

Mr. Mohamed El Etreby, Chairman, Union of Arab Banks

Dr. Wissam H. Fattouh, Secretary General, Union of Arab Banks, Vice President of the Supreme Council of Arbitration – Mediation and Arbitration Center at the Union of Arab Banks

09:40 – 10:00

Keynote Speech

(UAB) present an honorary shield to one of the most prominent arbitrators
Dr. Abdul Hamid Al-Ahdab – Chairman of the Arab Commission for International Arbitration,
Member of the Supreme Council of Arbitration, Mediation and Arbitration Center at the Union of Arab Banks

10:00 – 11:10

Session I: “Beyond the traditional reluctance: An increased of arbitration in the financial and banking sector”

The traditional reluctance of the financial sector towards arbitration and ADRs is based on misconceptions and a lack of appreciation of the benefits of such alternative modes of dispute resolution. However, a shift in the mindset has been seen recently, and the use of arbitration by the financial community has been growing. This panel will offer an opportunity to:

  • Discuss and build on the conclusions of The Report of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR Task Force on Financial Institutions and International Arbitration (March 2018)
  • Measure the impact of the procedural adjustments introduced in recent years by various arbitral institutions including the ICC (the expedited procedure, the arbitral tribunal’s power to render summary judgment, etc.) on the increasing adoption of arbitration by the stakeholders in the banking and financial sector.


Judge Ghaleb Ghanem, Former President of the Lebanese Higher Judicial Council and State Council, Beirut,
Member of the Supreme Council of Arbitration, Mediation and Arbitration Center at the Union of Arab Banks

Judge George Affaki, Judge at the Qatar International Court, Chairman of the Banking Commission ICC France, International Arbitrator, Paris

Mrs. Samaa Haridi, Partner, King & Spalding LLP, New York

Moderator: Mr. Alexander Fessas, Secretary General, ICC International Court
of Arbitration; Director, ICC Dispute Resolution Services, Paris

11:10 – 11:30

Coffee Break & Networking

11:30 – 12:45

Session II: “The suitability of arbitration and ADR to resolve disputes arising from Islamic finance

 Taking stock of the increased offering of Islamic finance products, this panel will discuss:

  • To what extent arbitration as an alternative mode of dispute resolution can provide an adapted and effective resolution for disputes arising in Islamic finance?
  • The role of arbitration and ADR in preserving the integrity of the Islamic financial system.