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Past, present and future of the IMF, Islamic private equity podcast

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Commentary: Past, present and future of the IMF

By Mark Sobel in Washington

This year’s International Monetary Fund-World Bank Group annual meetings will take place in Bali, Indonesia, two decades following the Asia financial crisis and in one of the countries that posed great challenges for the IMF at the time. In this three-part series, I will examine the difficulties faced by the Fund then, how it has evolved, and the trials ahead. The IMF has demonstrated its relevance to a new generation of global public policy officials, but will need to stay alert to modernise and cope with new and critical looming challenges.

Read the full commentary on the website.

Podcast: Islamic private equity industry – Part 1


Emilio Escartin, former vice-president and head of investments at the Bahrain Development Bank, joins Julia Demidova from OMFIF to discuss the Islamic private equity industry. This podcast provides an overview of Islamic private equity funds and their distinction from conventional funds. Escartin assesses global investor trends and the evolution of Islamic private equity around the world, particularly in emerging markets, as well as some trending fintech topics and their impact on Islamic fund management, banking and financial services.

Listen to the recording, or search for OMFIF on your smartphone’s podcast app.

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