Cityscape Hosts Real Estate Summit in Malaysia 2015

Cityscape Malaysia 2015 to Host Malaysia Real Estate Summit
and Islamic Property Finance Forum
A Gathering of Thought Leaders to Discuss & Debate the New Frontier of Malaysia’s Property Sector

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Dubai, 23 December 2014Cityscape, the world’s largest property event, which is making its debut in Malaysia from 4th to 6th February 2015 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, will be hosting the Malaysia Real Estate Summit and the Islamic Property Finance Forum. Business leaders, authorities and think tanks from Malaysia and overseas have been gathered together to discuss strategic issues relating to changes and growth opportunities in Malaysia’s property sector. The Malaysia Real Estate Summit (MRES) will be held from 4th to 5th February 2015 and the Islamic Property Finance Forum will be held on 6th February 2015, in conjunction with the Cityscape Malaysia 2015 exhibition.

Deep Marwaha, Group Director of Informa Exhibitions and organiser of Cityscape said “We are gathering thought leaders to share global insights into property development and business intelligence in securing growth and adapting to changes in the property market. In addition to the Malaysia Real Estate Summit which will feature the country’s foremost leaders in real estate, Cityscape Malaysia is also launching the first Islamic Property Finance Forum. Malaysia is at the forefront of Islamic finance and many of the tools and products on offer are creating new opportunities for the real estate community. This forum will serve as the platform for an in-depth understanding of Sukuk and the other Islamic funding tools for property development.”

Moody’s “Credit Ratings, Islamic Finance & Malaysian Banking System Outlook” issued in September 2014 reported that the Islamic finance industry is estimated to be around USD1.5 trillion of assets globally and has an annual growth rate in excess of 10%.

Key discussions for the Islamic Property Finance Forum include property investments through Sukuk, Islamic REITs, and innovative Islamic Finance products in asset management. Daud Vicary Abdullah who is CEO of International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance (INCEIF), former Global Islamic Finance Leader with Deloitte, acting CEO of Asian Finance Bank, and Managing Director of Hong Leong Islamic Bank, will be opening the forum with a keynote address on Islamic Finance and its growing presence in the global property market. Badlisyah Abdul Ghani, CEO of CIMB Islamic Bank will also be speaking at the forum.

Malaysia’s property sector is charting new market scenarios with the implementation of various governmental measures to curb property speculations. Set against this dynamic yet challenging backdrop, the Malaysia Real Estate Summit (MRES) is aimed to highlight insights on how industry players are leading the way forward.

IQI Holdings is jointly heading the summit track on “Malaysia’s Zones for Investment: How Does Malaysia Compare to the Region?” According to Kashif Ansari, CEO of IQI Group, Cityscape Malaysia will bolster the significance of the Malaysian real estate market as a global asset class. The international property and investment company is a Silver Sponsor for the event.

Veena Loh, General Manager of Malaysia Property Inc, an establishment under the purview of Malaysia Economic Planning Unit, will be sharing her expertise on working with land prices, latest laws, regulations and polices, making investing easy with multiple supporting arms and working strategically with service and infrastructure industries to maximize value. Joining her is Datuk Ismail Ibrahim, CEO of Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) and Datuk Azlan Bin Abdul Karim, CEO of Putrajaya Holdings, who will discuss Public-Private Initiatives and property’s value links to infrastructure developments. SM Faliq SM Nasimudin, Board Director of NAZA Group, will join a panel of speakers in a discussion on Malaysian market analysis and investor profiles.

Datuk Hashim Wahir, Group CEO of KLCC Property Holdings Berhad, is a panel speaker for the summit discussion on “Mixed-used Developments, Where ‘Less is More’ do not Apply”. Datuk Hashim Wahir said “Mixed-use developments are a true modern urban enclave, not just skyscrapers, but the coming together of diversity in living, meeting, business, conference, entertainment, fashion and culture. The opportunities and excitement are limitless in mixed-use developments.”

Imparting insights into housing and mortgages within the affordable housing market, particularly for the youth and mass market, is Dr. Rahah Ismail, Johor State Director of Valuation and Property Services Department, Malaysia’s Ministry of Finance. Datuk Francis Goh, President of Sabah Housing & Real Estate Developers Association who will be giving participants an overview and the future outlook of Sabah’s property development, added that “Despite the turbulences that happened this year, I am confident that the property development market will prevail in the upcoming year following the proper adjustments by the government and the private sector.”

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Overseas speakers at the Malaysia Real Estate Summit (MRES) include Shafi Syed, VP of Hotel Development and Acquisition at Trump Hotel Collection. He is joining the panel of speakers for the dialogue on investment for hotels and resorts and insights on the rates of return. Other esteemed speakers include Elvin Fernandez – Board Director of Malaysia Property Inc and Managing Director of Khong & Jaafar Sdn Bhd; A. Padman – Board member of RICS Malaysia; Patrick Liau – Director of BlackRock Malaysia; Paul Tan – Managing Director of Senja Aman Group; James Chua – Executive Director of GreenRE Malaysia; Shan Saeed – Chief Economist at IQI Holdings; Alexander Woo – Vice President of Financial Education of IQI Holdings and Dr. Daniele Gambero – CEO and Co-founder of REI Group of Companies.

Cityscape Malaysia is supported by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia, MyCEB, and Visit Malaysia Year 2014. The event is expected to attract over 5,000 participants and 50 exhibitors. More information can be found on www.cityscapemalaysia.com.

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