Press release from Jersey Finance on Monday 15 November, 2021.
Jersey Finance underlined its commitment to supporting investors across the Middle East and to growing ties with the region at its flagship conference in Dubai last week (9 November).
The event, entitled ‘Jersey and the GCC: An Enduring Partnership in the Gulf’ and which marked the 10th anniversary of Jersey Finance having a presence in the UAE, demonstrated the importance of the relationship between Jersey and the UAE as a hub for GCC financial wealth management.
At the event, Jersey Finance launched a significant study into the attitudes towards the Islamic finance wealth management market by Muslim high net worth individuals (HNWIs). Among the key findings of the ‘Global Attitudes to Islamic Wealth Management’ report, which takes into account the views of more than 2,000 respondents across the key markets of the UK (London), Asia (Kuala Lumpur), the GCC and Africa (South Africa), were:
Launching the report, Faizal Bhana, Director – Middle East, Africa and India, Jersey Finance, said: “This study provides unique insights into the evolving needs of Muslim high net worth individuals, and highlights what private wealth managers, financial services providers and international jurisdictions need to do in order to meet those needs.”
In addition, following the conference, Jersey Finance signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC) Authority, paving the way for closer collaboration over the coming years. The signing was attended by Joe Moynihan, CEO of Jersey Finance; An Kelles, Director – GCC and Faizal Bhana, Director – Middle East, Africa and India.
Commenting on the new agreement, Arif Amiri, CEO of DIFC Authority, said: “Our relationship with Jersey continues to grow and today’s partnership is testament to our joint commitment to driving the future of finance and innovation. The agreement puts in place a comprehensive framework to facilitate new ways of working to position DIFC and Jersey as global business and innovation hubs.”
Joe Moynihan welcome at Dubai conference 2021
The MoU followed shortly after the Government of Jersey also signed a new Bilateral Investment Treaty with the UAE to support investment flows between the jurisdictions and protect investors.
Joe Moynihan, CEO of Jersey Finance, who provided a welcome address at the conference, added: “Jersey has a well-established relationship with the UAE and today our office in the DIFC is the central hub for us in the GCC region. Our strong partnership with the DIFC is the fruit of a real commitment from both sides for over a decade. Today that mutually beneficial relationship has put us both in a really good position, able to support the increasingly complex needs of investors in Dubai, the wider GCC region and around the world.”
Jersey Finance’s Dubai conference also featured a government update from Senator Ian Gorst, an analysis of Jersey’s global connectivity from Allan Wood (Global Head of Business Development, Jersey Finance) and sessions exploring the integration of the next generation into family businesses and the future of family offices.
This year marks 15 years since Jersey’s regulator, the Jersey Financial Services Commission (JFSC), signed its first agreement with the Dubai Financial Services Authority, while in 2011 Jersey set up its first office in the UAE and a further agreement was signed with the Central Bank of the UAE. In 2018, Jersey became the first IFC to have an office within the DIFC.