Workshop Encourages Bank Lending in Bahrain and GCC Region

The Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance, (BIBF) has partnered with Fitch Learning to introduce a specialized training program in Advanced Corporate Credit Risk Analysis to encourage bank lending in Bahrain and the wider GCC region.

This intensive three-day workshop will be conducted by Fitch Learning, and aims to enhance the credit analytic skills of participants at an advanced level, using specialized software and highly interactive training methods. The workshop is scheduled to be held from 26 to 28 September at the BIBF’s campus in Juffair.

Recent market conditions have forced banks to tighten its lending which can be counterproductive on a macro-economic level, as there is a need to lend smarter with a lower level of risk, rather than reducing lending altogether.

The BIBF’s Head of Banking, Accounting and Finance Mr. Deen Jayah stated:

“This advanced three day workshop organised by the BIBF in cooperation with Fitch Learning is designed to enhance the skill levels of senior credit professionals in structuring a healthy credit portfolio for their institution by analyzing client cash flow drivers, liquidity and dynamics of the sector. The workshop will provide credit professionals with effective tools to enhance their experience ultimately making them more robust in their roles”.

Participants will use a structured and systematic approach to evaluate the credit standing of a company and assess the relative attractiveness of the risk-return profile of the lending/investing propositions. The workshop is delivered through case studies tailored to the local market allowing participants to apply the concepts acquired during the workshop to a real-life scenarios.

The BIBF’s Director Ms. Solveig Nicklos noted the importance of the program and its contribution to the enhancement of the skills of professionals in the local and regional banking sector.

“The advanced corporate credit analysis program will also serve to strengthen the banking and financial industry as it will train participants on how to apply analytic frameworks and tools, as well as develop their critical judgement.”
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