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How London Became a 'Mecca' for Islamic Finance
by Mark Piggott
1,800 delegates will gather at London's Excel Centre this week (29-31 October) at the 9th World Islamic Economic Forum, cementing the capital's reputation as "one of the leading financial and cultural centres of the world and the business gateway between the Muslim and non-Muslim world".
Among 15 leaders scheduled to attend the forum are the Sultan of Brunei, President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan, King Abdullah II of Jordan and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan.
Speaking ahead of the event PM David Cameron said: "With some of the world's fastest growing markets in Muslim majority countries, demand for Islamic finance is growing and this presents major opportunities for the UK. I am determined that we do everything we can to make Britain the best place to start, grow and do business and this demonstrates that we are a global partner of choice for Islamic finance with the expertise, innovation and services that are fundamental to the industry's growth."
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