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  • 16th & 17th November 2021
  • Livestreamed from Bahrain

Arab Pensions Conference 2021

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Livestreamed from Bahrain, 16th & 17th November 2021           

What should MENA Pension Systems look like for the next 50 years?

It has been around 50 years since social insurance and pension systems were first introduced into the various countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The region has thrived in the first 50 years of pensions, which we can now dub “the golden years of pensions”. This was possible despite the unexpected volatile economic and labor-market conditions, and the limited single-pillar structure of social insurance through Defined Benefit (DB) pension that exists till this day. In the GCC, a strong oil-economy and a fund lifecycle where asset accumulation grew much faster than the number of retiring workers in the first 40 years, kept pension funds highly solvent and fully able to keep their promises to retirees with a golden handshake.

 

With aging populations challenging the very model upon which pensions have been built, with the majority of populations in several MENA countries working in informal sector, with millions of youths being nudged to work in the new gig-economy, with more than half of the workforce in the GCC being expat workers, and with most regional pension funds running chronic actuarial deficits, how should we design the MENA pensions systems for the next 50 years? How do we want our children and their children to retire one or two generations from today?

 The Arab Pensions Conference 2021 will tackle these questions over two days:

  • What do pension demographics in MENA look like over the next five decades?
  • How do we bring all, or the majority, of the region's population under pension coverage (including informal labour, resident expats)?
  • What lessons has the world learned about family financial resilience and social safety net before and after Covid-19?
  • Will the next 50 years generate the same investment returns for pension funds? If not, what's the mitigation?
  • Will Fintech decentralize the regional retirement sector in the coming years by giving citizens personal control over their pension planning?





  • 25th & 26th May 2021
  • Live-streamed from Bahrain, 11:00 – 13:00 (GMT+3)

Arab Household Long-term Savings Conference 2021

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25th & 26th May 2021
Live-streamed from Bahrain, 11:00 – 13:00 (GMT+3)

Join us for two days of an interactive conference to navigate the neglected yet critical terrain of household savings and personal finance in MENA region. This brand-new regional event tackles financial literacy, financial education, and financial inclusion, as well as household financial resilience across the Arab world, through long-term savings. The conference sessions will address the following;

 

  • What’s the socio-economic imperative for household savings? What’s its economic power?
  •  To turn MENA into savings economies:  what culture and which products do we need to build?
  •  Why so much interest in financial literacy lately? What difference will it make?
  •  Where can households save? What’s the ideal vehicle?
  •  Will Fintech change the way people save? Will people make the shift to Fintech?

 

 






High-Level Virtual Event on the Future of Social Protection in MENA

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  • from 3rd to 26th May 2021
  • A virtual conference

World Bank’s Month-Long Event

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Social Protection Coverage & Recovering from Crises such as COVID-19

A virtual conference, from 3rd to 26th May 2021

For the first time, the World Bank is offering a global Social Protection & Jobs (SPJ) event at no cost, and with interpretation available both in Arabic and French.

This year, the World Bank’s Social Protection and Jobs Global Practice will host a virtual Core Knowledge Exchange event (CKEx). While the COVID-19 pandemic prevents us from meeting in person, we will bring together global experts, World Bank staff, practitioners, policymakers, and others for a month-long event beginning May 3, 2021, and running through May 26. 

 

Themes. The CKEx event will focus on two overarching themes:

  • Expanding Social Protection coverage to all:
  • Responding to and recovering from crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

 











Joint Webinar by OECD and the Arab Pensions Conference on:

The OECD Pensions Outlook 2020 Report

Tuesday 19th January 2021, 1.30 – 3 pm Bahrain time (GMT+3)
Opening Remarks:

Ebrahim K Ebrahim

Chair, Arab Pensions Conference
Introduction & Significance of OECD Pensions Outlook 2020:

Pablo Antolín

Principal Economist, OECD
Chapter 1: Retirement savings and old-age pensions in the time of COVID-19.

Romain Despalins

Statistician, OECD
Chapter 2: A framework for assessing the adequacy of retirement income.

Diana Hourani

Policy Analyst, Private Pensions Unit, OECD
Chapter 3: Increasing the role of retirement savings plans for workers in non-standard forms of work.

Stéphanie Payet

Policy Analyst, Private Pensions Unit, OECD
Chapter 7: Communicating on retirement savings investment strategies to facilitate comparing options.

Elsa Favre-Baron

Policy Analyst, Private Pensions Unit, OECD






  • 16th & 17th November 2020
  • Live-streamed from Bahrain, 11:00 – 16:15 (GMT+3)

Arab Pensions Conference 2020

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“Towards A Futureproof Regional Pension System”

16th & 17th November 2020
Live-streamed from Bahrain, 11:00 – 16:15 (GMT+3)

Join Fintech Robos for two days of interactive webinars to navigate the tough terrain in which global and regional Defined Benefit (DB) pension schemes balance increasing short-term financial pressures with long-term survivability.

This conference will tackle the following questions:

  • Can Public Defined Benefit Pension Systems be Saved through Parametric Reforms? 

  • What do the actuaries say…
  • Can and should governments in the region finance the current deficits in Pension Funds? 
  • What do the economists think…
  • What Does it Take to Re-model Regional Pension Systems to a Multi-Pillar Structure?
  • What are the Financial Industry’s views…
  • How Should Pension Funds Allocate their Assets? 
  • What are the CIOs’ answers…

 







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Fintech Robos for two days of interactive webinars to navigate the tough terrain in which global and regional Defined Benefit pension schemes

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