Conference on challenges in sukuk markets

Updated 15 November 2016
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Conference on challenges in sukuk markets

The Sukuk Conference organized by the Capital Market Authority (CMA) in collaboration with the World Bank, will be held on Dec. 6.
It will discuss the role of debt markets in supporting the economic growth in addition to other several topics discussed in five sessions. Government officials and representatives from the World Bank and the private sector, as well as economists and financial partners in the capital market will participate in the conference.
The conference sessions will include topics such as: Elements of sukuk markets, dynamics of sukuk markets, establishment of an effective environment for sukuk market, regulatory issues and governance in the sukuk market, and the role of debt markets in economic growth.
The CMA pointed out that the conference aims to achieve its strategic objectives, which include deepening the capital market and encouraging the issuance of debt instruments, in addition to promoting the economic development of the Kingdom within the 2030 Vision.
Furthermore, the CMA is working hard to develop the debt instruments market in the Kingdom due to its importance in national economy, and being a major support to the funding of development projects.
As the introduction of the debt instruments market and its continues flourish depends on a combination of success elements associated with the CMA and third parties, this would require coordination with those parties and they all need to agree on the importance of sukuk and debt instruments market in the future as a main financing source to support commercial banks.


Alef Education launches first project in US

From right, Geoffrey Alphonso, CEO of Alef Education; Geoffrey Canada, president of the Harlem Children’s Zone and chairman of NexGen Education; and Hanut Singh, CEO of NexGen Education and CEO of QBS Learning.
Updated 17 October 2018
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Alef Education launches first project in US

Alef Education, a UAE-based education technology company, has announced the launch of its Alef education system in the US.

The system will be used at Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ) schools in New York city, starting Oct. 15.

The Alef education system brings together a blend of the latest technology and pedagogical approaches geared toward learners of today. A key component of the system is the “Alef Platform,” which has three main pillars: 

•A fun and easy-to-use digital learning environment 

•High-quality digital content developed to engage and stimulate learning with a blend of videos, interactivities and games. 

•Real time data provided within each lesson to truly enable educators to support personalized learning and identify student strengths and weaknesses. 

The partnership between Alef Education and the Harlem Children’s Zone schools started in 2017 when leaders of those organizations met. The meeting included a review of best practices in pedagogy, instructional design, the use of technology, and the best ways to identify difficult concepts and detect struggling students early using data. 

Alef Education identified NexGen, an education technology startup based in New York City, as its US-based partner to carry forward the implementation of the program at the Harlem Children’s Zone schools and other school systems across the US. 

Geoffrey Alphonso, chief executive of Alef Education, said: “As a leading education technology company, we want to play a significant role in the creation of the next generation of innovative individuals around the world, and continue to provide the latest innovations in artificial intelligence-based and technology-driven education solutions within a holistic education system.” 

He added: “The implementation of our innovative education system in the Harlem Children’s Zone schools in New York city speaks of a quantum leap in our long-term mission to leverage technology to provide students with the personalized education they need to succeed, while also empowering teachers with real-time, actionable data.” 

Geoffrey Canada, president of the Harlem Children’s Zone schools in New York and chairman of NexGen Education, named one of the world’s most influential people by Time magazine and as one of the 50 greatest leaders by Fortune magazine, said: “We are pleased to welcome Alef Education’s innovative education system into our schools in New York as of October 2018. Education systems across the world are witnessing unprecedented transformations and a transition to a more dynamic education based on new technologies. In this context, we have decided to adopt this program to further enrich the resources available to our students to ensure they have access to the best the digital education industry has to offer.”