Acting Director General of the Islamic Research and Training Institute (IRTI), Dr. Sami Al-Suwailem, has held meetings with representatives of public and private sectors in Morocco to discuss partnership opportunities in Islamic finance. The meetings were held on 18-19 June 2019 in Rabat.
Dr. Al-Suwailem met with Dr. Mohamed Hamour, CEO of Guidance Financial, which invests in Islamic banks and financial institutions in Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) member countries. The meeting focused on exploring investment opportunities in financial technology for Islamic financial institutions.
Another meeting was held with Mr. Alwaleed Hammour, Manager of the IsDB Regional Hub in Rabat, to discuss IRTI activities in Morocco and the country’s needs in the field of Islamic finance. The subjects discussed included training needs for public institutions in Morocco; partnership with the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Digital Economy regarding IRTI’s Smart Economy Initiative; and organizing a seminar for development institutions in Morocco.
Dr. Al-Suwailem also had a meeting with Dr. Mohamed Tkiouat, Deputy Director of the Islamic Financial Engineering Lab at Muhammadiyah School, Mohammed V University. The meeting addressed areas of research that the Lab could focus on in order to serve the needs of the Islamic financial industry in the region.
The IRTI Acting Director General further met with the Director of the High Institute of Business in Morocco (ISCAE), Mrs. Nadia EL Bouaamri, and Mr. Younis Al-Huraishi, a member of the Institute's faculty. The Institute is one of the best business schools in Morocco and has graduated a large number of leaders in the government and private sectors in the country. The meeting focused on opportunities for cooperation, ISCAE’s capacity building needs in Islamic finance, as well as possibility of ISCAE’s participation in the Smart Economy Plan for Morocco.
Dr. Al-Suwailem then met with Dr. Wael Amino, General Manager of Al Maali Consulting Company. Dr. Wael is a graduate of the Islamic Financial Engineering Laboratory at Muhammadiyah School. The meeting considered cooperation opportunities with IRTI as well as the performance of the Islamic Financial Engineering Laboratory.