Photos: JSE conference officially opens, set to explore issues in ‘watershed year’
General Manager Marlene Street Forrest in her address at the conference opening, dubbed 2017 as a ‘watershed year for the world’.
“It’s a year where the players in the market are not quite sure of what to expect in the financial area,” Street-Forrest said.
Consequently, there will be a greater demand for products and services that fit investors’ risk appetite in volatile times.
“We must explore these issues over the two days of the conference, appreciating the fact that investors are no longer constrained by geographic boundaries but will utilize technology to encourage inflow to our markets,” she said.
Under the theme, “Global Investment Horizon: Our Options and Our Future”, this year’s conference features high-profile speakers who will, “discuss thought provoking issues and present participants with a raft of meaningful ideas and information,” according to Street-Forrest.
“We have always striven to ensure that this conference isn’t a ‘talk-shop’ and so the impressive slate of speakers will explore topics and present workable solutions for business leaders and all others attending the event,” she said.
Now in its twelfth year, the conference brings together key participants in the financial services industry to discuss and present ideas on issues pertinent to the development of the capital market; facilitate growth for the development of strategies necessary for the future growth of the sector in the region; as well as provide a showcase for the industry trends, products and services.
“We will examine issues such as leadership and governance; investor confidence, regulations, new financial products and services and key winning products and services within the region. The venture capital pitch room will open on Wednesday and on Thursday morning CEOs will discuss their companies’ outlook for 2017,” Street-Forrest said.
Street-Forrest said to expect some announcements during the conference.
See photos from Tuesday’s opening in the slider.