The Forum Agenda
Day 1
20 Mar 2018
Day 2
21 Mar 2018

Opening Ceremony

Opening Ceremony attended by H.H. The Emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah

First session: Investing for the “Future Kuwait”

  • “Northern Gulf Gateway” – a new integrated flagship project for fostering development and realizing Kuwait “National Vision 2035”.
  • Kuwait an important partner in the Belt & Road initiative (BRI).
  • Fostering regional and global liberalization, trade integration, and cultural cooperation.
  • Pioneering role of the private sector in development, financing and investment.
  • Introducing legislation and supportive systems for sustainable development.
H.E. Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah
Dr. Merza Hasan
Mr. Omar Kutayba Alghanim
Mr. Timothy Keating
Ms. Noura Al-Qabandi

Networking Break

Second Session: Trade Facilitation: A Driver for Development

  • Fostering Trade Facilitation.
  • The Eco-system of the Logistics Services.
  • Enhancing Customs Services.
  • Kuwait Leading Position in integrated Logistics Services and Cross Border Supply Chains.
  • Advancing Land, sea, and air transport facilities for a prosperous economy.
Sheikh Salman Al-Humoud Al-Sabah
Mr. Jamal Al-Jalawi
Mr. Osamah Al-Nisf
Mr. Majed B. Jamaluddin
Mr. Tarek Sultan

Special Feature: An Update on ‘New Kuwait’

Special to the KIF, various ministers will present progress and outlook on Kuwait Vision 2035: New Kuwait. This exclusive session is the first public event since the vision's launch in January 2017 and will shed light on the progress to date on each of the program's seven pillars.


  • Shedding light on progress and upcoming perspective for Kuwait “National Vision 2035” launched as “New Kuwait” campaign.
  • Showcasing developments and projects pertaining to National Vision seven pillars: Effective Government, Diverse & Sustainable Economy, Quality Infrastructure, Sustainable Living Communities, Quality Healthcare, Innovative Human Capital, and Prominent International Position.
H.E. Dr. Nayef Al-Hajraf
H.E. Ms. Hind Al-Sabeeh
H.E. Khaled Nasser Al-Roudan

Keynote Speech

Topic: Investing in Youth – Creativity & Technology
Dr. Adnan Shihab-Eldin

Third Session: Investment Opportunities – Lucrative Options in Dynamic Sectors

  • Modern Oil Industries: Strategic Vision towards a promising future.
  • Roads & Transport projects catalyst for regional connectivity.
  • Role of Public Private Partnerships in fostering development.
  • Industrial sector in Kuwait: Plethora of opportunities and supportive environment.
  • ICT projects a catalyst for Digital Transformation.
  • Investing in New Cities to enhance urban development.
  • Tourism sector: a magnet for investments.
  • Investing in Sports facilities to unleash youth potential.
Eng. Salim Muthib Al-Ozainah
Dr. Khaled Mahdi
Mr. Mutlaq Al-Sanei
Eng. Ahmed Al-Hassan
Mr. Abdulkarim Taqi
Mrs. Wafaa Yousef Al-Zaabi
Mr. Abdulwahab Ahmed Al-Marzouq
Eng. Manaf Al-Hajeri
Mrs. Hadeel Bin Naji
Ms. Ebru Özdemir

Keynote Speech

Mr. Jiang Zengwei

Fourth Session: Financing for Sustainable Development

  • The banking system and advancing financing and investment channels.
  • Upgrading Kuwait Bourse and the role of CMA in diversifying investment tools.
  • Banking Industry and Challenges of Fintech.
  • Financing Investments: Credit & Guarantees.
  • Foreign Banks experience in Kuwait.
Dr. Mohammad Yousef Al-Hashel
Mr. Mishaal Mussaid Al-Usaimi
Mr. Isam Jassem Al-Sager
Mr. Hamad Al-Marzouq
Mr. Jason Channell

Closing Session: Dialogue on “Kuwait Development Path: The Vision & the Determination”

Closing Session: Dialogue on “Kuwait Development Path: The Vision & the Determination”
H.E. Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah
H.E. Mr. Anas Khaled Al-Saleh
Sheikh Dr. Meshaal Jaber Al-Sabah