The Malta Stock Exchange (MSE) has announced that it will be hosting the general assembly and annual meeting of the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE) later this month, an event MSE chairman Joseph Portelli believes “will consolidate Malta as a reputable financial jurisdiction”.

The event will bring together over 200 delegates from all over the globe, including leaders of global exchanges, regulatory authorities, the buy-side, industry experts from academia and media, which will gather for in-depth discussion on major issues surrounding the exchange industry.

The WFE annual meeting will take place over three days starting 27th September 2022 at the Hilton Malta. It will be one of the first major global financial services events to take place in Malta.

“We look forward to welcome delegates from all over the world to Malta,” said Mr Portelli. “Hosting WFE’s prestigious general assembly and annual meeting is a unique opportunity for the MSE, and hosting such an event 30 years after starting our operations in 1992 makes it even more special.”

This will be the 61st general assembly of the WFE. The 60th general assembly and annual meeting took place virtually last year in Shenzhen, China.

Mr Portelli will be one of many speakers who will be addressing the WFE annual meeting. In fact, following the general assembly, which will be held on the morning of 28th September, Mr Portelli will be joined by the CEO of the WFE, Nandini Sukumar, in the opening ceremony of the event.

The annual meeting will feature various keynote speeches, a plenary panel session, as well as fireside chats. Speakers include foreign delegates and CEOs of various exchanges from around the world, as well as local delegates and experts in the field from entities like Bloomberg, Nasdaq, Standard and Poor, BlackRock, JP Morgan, Saxo Capital Markets UK, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants (IESBA), the Central Bank of Malta, the Malta Financial Services Authority, and the Malta Stock Exchange.

The meeting will cover a number of topics, such as the role of market infrastructure through the pandemic and beyond, liquidity as the fundamental building block for healthy and thriving markets, global markets and fragmenting regulation, innovation in technology, the crypto market, ESG and others.

Since its foundation in 1961, the WFE has organised committees, meetings, general assemblies, conferences, and workshops for its members to transfer knowledge and share expertise. As an industry trade organisation, the WFE has discussed virtually every aspect of the capital market: the technical, the commercial, the legal and the economic. In the past four decades the WFE has published studies and reports on issues such as CCP recovery & resolution, business continuity, self-regulation, cross border trading, HFT, sustainability, SMEs, and cyber security.

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