14 & 15 November 2017


The Ritz-Carlton – Cairo


500 Delegates


50 Expert Speakers

Event Speakers / global leadership

Dr. Claire Spencer

Senior Research Fellow – Chatham House United Kingdom

Dr Claire Spencer was formerly head of the Middle East and North Africa Programme, which she expanded having also set up the Middle East and Central Asia Policy Unit at the development agency Christian Aid from 2003-05. (more…)

Dr. Esmat Kamel

Executive Director - Global Trade Matters

Esmat Kamel comes to the Center for Business Excellence at Global Trade Matters from the American University in Cairo; where she was responsible for all conferences academic publications and giving consultancy on economic research and trade related policy documents and papers. (more…)

Mohamed Khodeir

Corporate Commercial Partner - Al Tamimi & Company

Mohamed Khodeir is a Corporate Commercial Partner at Al Tamimi & Company handling expansion of the corporate commercial practice across the region. Mohamed has been involved in the firm’s regional expansion, previously managing two of Al Tamimi’s largest offices outside the UAE. (more…)

Hussein Shobokshi

Chairman of The Board - Naeem Holding Company For Investments

Mr. Hussein Bin Ali Bin Hussein Shobokshi is an Economic Consultant for many large Gulf companies. Mr. Bin Ali Bin Hussein Shobokshi has been the Chairman of the Board of Naeem Holding Company For Investments (S.A.E - Free Zone) since June 30, 2016 and May 27, 2016 respectively. (more…)

Ashraf Mohamed Naguib

Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer - Global Trade Matters

Ashraf Mohamed Naguib is Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Global Trade Matters, Egypt’s leading Private Sector Think Tank dedicated to the exploration and formulation of economic and political reform policies in Egypt and the MENA Region. (more…)

Karim Helal

Chairman of ADIB CAPITAL

Currently the Chairman of ADIB CAPITAL, MD Carbon Holdings, Chairman of the Asia Egypt Business Association and Country Director Colliers International. Graduating with honors from Egypt's prestigious Cairo University with a BA in Business Administration, (more…)

Dr. Sara L. Lekas, Es.D

Early Childhood Principal - Early Childhood Center - American International School

Sara L. Lekas, Es.D attended Southern University, The University of Alabama, The College of New Jersey.  Dr. Lekas currently lives in Cairo where she studies women in leadership, women’s rights, and the culture in Egypt.  Presently she is the Early Childhood Principal at the American International School of Egypt. (more…)

Dr. Ghada Ghazal

Executive Director - Global Academy for Training & Development

Global Academy for Training and Development was founded in February 2009 by Dr. Ghada Ghazal, who is currently the Executive Director of the Academy. Ghada has been in the financial training and development field for more than 25 years and has provided services for almost every bank in Egypt in addition to many financial institutions in the Middle East. (more…)

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Dear Global Trade Matters Members,

It gives us great pleasure to announce the launch of the 13th Global Trade Matters Money & Finance Summit on Global Competitiveness to be held on Tuesday 14th of November and Wednesday 15th of November 2017 at Nile Ritz Carlton Hotel – Cairo.

Since 2015 Global Trade Matters has placed great focus on analyzing Egypt’s performance on the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Competitiveness Index (GCI) while enhancing the competitiveness dialogue amongst the key stakeholders in both the private and public sectors. In 2016, Global Trade Matters launched the “Compete Egypt Private Sector Initiative” aiming at improving Egypt’s ranking to 99 on the GCI by 2017-2018.

In September 2017, the WEF launched its annual 2017-2018 Global Competitiveness Report which ranked Egypt as the 100th most competitive nation in the world. Thanks to a comprehensive economic reform program, Egypt moved up the GCI ranking by 15 places (from 115 to 100). Even by global standards this is an impressive and significant performance improvement and a clear indication of the restoration of confidence by local and international investors in the national economy.

More than 50 expert speakers and 600 delegates will come together for two days to analyze Egypt’s performance on the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index 2017-2018. Based on the 12 Pillars of Global Competitiveness the CGI covers key areas of any nation’s economy; institutions, infrastructure, macroeconomic environment, health and primary education, higher education and training, goods market efficiency, labor market efficiency, financial market development, technological readiness, market size, business sophistication, and innovation.

While Egypt saw positive movements on all of the 12 Pillars of Global Competitiveness, many sub-pillars still remain raking in the high 100s. The 13th Money & Finance Summit on Global Competitiveness 2017 will also discuss and analyze the performance of these sub-pillars and share ideas and recommendations on how to improve on these  key issues within the coming year.

Join us this November at the 13th Money & Finance Summit on Global Competitiveness as we gather to analyze and discuss Egypt’s performance on the CGI and better understand the impact of the recent economic reforms on Egypt’s overall global competitiveness.

Ashraf Mohamed Naguib

Chief Executive Officer  –  Global Trade Matters

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Registration – Morning Networking

Mr. Ashraf Mohamed Naguib


Mr. Ashraf Mohamed Naguib / Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer - Global Trade Matters

Keynote Speech

Mr. Sherif S. Samy / Former Chairman - Egyptian Financial Supervisory Authority (EFSA)
Dr. Claire Spencer

One-One Session

Dr. Claire Spencer / Senior Research Fellow – The Royal Institute for International Affairs (Chatham House UK)

Session One

Moderator - Mr. Karim Helal / Chairman of ADIB CAPITAL Hussein Shobokshi / Chairman of The Board - Naeem Holding Company For Investments Mohamed Khodeir / Corporate Commercial Partner - Al Tamimi & Company

Institutions, Financial Market Development and Macroeconomic Environment

This open-discussion panel will discuss Egypt’s performance on the 1st, 8th and 3rd Pillars of Global Competitiveness and address the major issues facing Egypt in up scaling and enhancing the quality, efficiency and competitiveness of its institutional framework and management of its public and private finances. Panelists will discuss both private and public institutions and their joint efforts to define roles, resolve differences and identify points of synergies between them. The panel will highlight the impact of the current economic reform efforts and explore the regulatory environment needed to enhance and sustain market growth and development. The panel will also explore the role of capital market and possible development of securities, bonds and other structured products in increasing the competitiveness of Egypt’s financial market. The panel will address key economic imperatives and policies required to make a notable change in Egypt’s macroeconomic competitiveness.

Session Two

Moderator -

Dr. Ghada Ghazal / Executive Director - Global Academy for Training & Development

Infrastructure, Labor Market Efficiency – Goods Market Efficiency – Market Size

This panel will analyze Egypt’s performance on the 2nd, 7th, 6th and 10th Pillars of Global Competitiveness. The panel will highlight successful infrastructure projects undertaken in the past two years and analyze their impacts on both the local and international investment communities. The panel will also discuss both private-sector and public-sector labor and related issues in addition to shedding light on some of the key policy issues hindering growth and development in the labor market. The panelists will address some of the main challenges facing the efficiency of the Egyptian Goods Market from both domestic and international perspectives and discuss policies determining openness to trade and to receiving FDI flows, the impact of trade agreements and related tariff dismantling schedules. Finally the panel will explore the impact of some of the major trade agreements and help understand the opportunities within those markets as Egypt seeks to increase its Market Size and reach.

Networking Break

Dr. Abdel Wahab EL-Ghandour

Session Three

Moderator -

Dr. Sara L. Lekas, Es.D 
/ Early Childhood Principal - Early Childhood Center - American International School
Dr. Abdel Wahab EL-Ghandour 
/ Secretary General of the Education Development Fund

Health and Primary Education – Higher Education and Vocational Training

This panel will analyze Egypt’s performance on the 4th and the 5th Pillars of Global Competitiveness highlighting the challenges facing both health and primary education and higher education and technical, vocational and continuous on-the-job training in Egypt. The panel will discuss the GOE’s strategies for reforming these vital sectors. The panel will also discuss the role played by the private sector in providing services within these vital sectors. Panelists will share international experiences of other countries that have consistently ranked favorably on those pillars on major global indices. Finally the panel will discuss the need for new jobs creation and address funding and financing issues, stagnating growth and development within these vital sectors.

Eng. Hussein El Gueretly

Session Four

Moderator -

Eng. Hussein El Gueretly 
/ Former Chief Executive Office - The Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA)

Technology Readiness, Innovation and Business Sophistication 

This panel will analyze Egypt’s performance on the 9th, 12th and 11th Pillars of Global Competitiveness proposing remedies to the challenges facing Egypt’s Communication and Information Technology sector. The panel will explore the nation’s technological progress and innovative potential and address some of the major challenges facing the research community and discuss the role of small and medium enterprises in up scaling the innovation capacities in Egypt. Panelists will also discuss the development of new technology parks and clusters across the nation and help understand the dimension of Egypt’s technological competitiveness. Finally this panel will discuss the policies required to enhance Business Sophistication in Egypt and identify the role of the government in further developing the markets.


Moderator - Mr. Noaman Khalid / Macro Economist CI-Capital Asset Management (CIAM)

Chairman - Mr. Sherif S. Samy / Former Chairman - Egyptian Financial Supervisory Authority (EFSA)

Keynote Speaker -

  Global Competitiveness and the Financial Sector

This roundtable meeting will host senior executives and industry experts to discuss the role of the financial sector in enhancing national competitiveness and improving Egypt’s Global Competitiveness ranking. The meeting will assess Egypt’s “Financial Sector Development Pillar” on the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index and explore means of further development.  The Session will also touch upon the impact of the present fiscal and monetary policies and their impact on Egypt’s performance on the Macroeconomic Environment Pillar of the GCI.


Enhancing Global Competitiveness through Human Development and Job Creation

This roundtable meeting will host industry experts and economists to discuss the vital role of Human Development in elevating a nation’s global competitiveness position by creating sustainable and innovative job opportunities.  The meeting will address some of the main challenges hindering competitiveness in the Egyptian job market and propose solutions for reducing unemployment while enhancing skills across both the public and private sectors.


Moderator - Mr. Ali Awni, Ph.D. / Professor of Practice, Director, The John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy, Civic Engagement & Responsible Business The School of Business The American University of Cairo - AUC

Chairman -

Keynote Speaker -

  Competitiveness and Economic Reforms – India Case Study

This roundtable meeting will host senior Indian diplomats and private sector leaders to share experiences on global competitiveness and explore the reasons behind India’s amazing performance and improvement on the GCI. The meeting will also shed light on the recent tax reforms implemented by the Indian Government and share the experiences of the India’s banknote recall. The meeting will also address some of the challenges and explore opportunities for Indian investments in Egypt.


Global Trade Competitiveness  - The Shifting Winds of Global Trade

This roundtable meeting will host as the 2017 reaches a close, this one day annual gathering of trade experts, senior commercial and economic officers, and senior government officials will openly review Egypt’s trade performance during 2017. The conference will highlight the key trading partners and review the performance of both bilateral and multilateral trade and investment agreements. The event will also provide an outlook for 2018.


The Next Age of Banking – Competing in a Disruptive Global Environment 

This roundtable meeting will host key industry leaders and regulators to discuss the competitiveness of the Egyptian banking sector and review the main trends currently changing the industry globally. The session will address the challenges faced by traditional banking as new technologies and innovations continue to disrupt the way the world conducts business. The session will explore new opportunities offered by the banking digital revolution and propose new policies which will better prepare the sector for the next age of banking.


Building on Africa's Competitive Advantage

This roundtable meeting will host senior diplomats, industry experts and economists to discuss the future of competitiveness in Africa and how can countries such as Egypt and South Africa take lead in uniting the continent under a one vision one approach towards global competitiveness. The meeting will assess the performance of African nations on the GCI and offer recommendations for enhancing the competitiveness dialogue across Africa.

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The Ritz-Carlton, Cairo
1113 Corniche El Nil, Cairo, Egypt

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