Beijing: 13 September 2012: More than 300 delegates gathered inYinchuan, the capital city ofChina’s Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, for the 2012 China-Arab States Workshop on Finance Cooperation, co-organized by the Financial Times, and the Expo Bureau of Ningxia.

The one-day workshop with the theme “Development & Innovation” is part of the 2012 China Arab States Economic and Trade Forum. Lifen Zhang, Associate Editor of the Financial Times and Editor in Chief of, said in his opening remarks that “The Financial Times and are delighted to co-oragnize this workshop. Ningxia will play an increasingly important role in future China-Arab financial cooperation and will benefit from the global insights shared and discussed today.”

Keynote speakers and panelists comprised well-known Islamic economists, financial policymakers, and Chinese and Arab bankers. Reem Badran, Vice Chairman of the Amman Chamber of Commerce, gave a speech on the increasingly close economic ties betweenChinaand the Arab World. Jia Kang, Director of the Research Institute for Fiscal Science at the Chinese Ministry of Finance, shared insights onChina’s continuous financial reform.

The panel discussions focused on several aspects of China-Arab financial cooperation, including strategies for coping with the worldwide financial crisis, Ningxia’s role in China-Arab financial cooperation and investment opportunities for the Persian Gulf Region.

Other distinguished speakers included:

  • Qi Tongsheng, Executive Vice Governor of Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region
  • Wei Benhua, former Deputy Administrator, SAFE, PRC
  • Janet Kong, Managing Director, Research Department, CICC
  • Shen Xiaobing, Chief Economist, China Development Bank Securities
  • Samir Saied, General Manager, Oman Development Bank
  • Lu Fang, Chairwoman, Bank of Ningxia
  • Ge Ming, Chief Accountant & Managing Partner, Ernst & Young Hua Ming
  • Magdy Mohammad Al Sharif, President, Arab Expo Business Forum
  • Houcine Rahmouni, Advisor, Islamic Centre for Development of Trade

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