DUBAI PRECIOUS METALS CONFERENCE

PROGRAMME

 

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Day 1: Wednesday, 10 April 2019

17:00 - 19:00

Registration

19:00 - 22:00

Cocktail Reception

 
Day 2: Thursday, 11 April 2019

09:00 - 09:10

Opening Address

09:10 - 09:30

Keynote Speech

09:30 - 10:30

Central Banks Approach to Gold

  • This panel will discuss the impact of factors such as loss of faith in fiat currencies, trade spats and safe-haven aspects of gold in influencing Central Banks’ approach to gold and what course it might take going forward, given the preference of certain central banks in increasing their gold reserves lately.

10:30 - 11:30

Mining and Return of Hedging

  • This panel will discuss and gauge the current mindset of mines in terms of whether to hedge or not in the wake of rising nominal dollar interest rates creating an attractively positive forward yield curve for the first time since the GFC in 2008, and what impact that might have on rest of the precious metals community (for example, effects on demand, supply and price of gold).

11:30 - 11:50

Networking Coffee Break

11:50 - 12:50

Emerging Technology Affecting Precious Metals Industry

  • This panel will discuss the recent trends in technology innovation in precious metals industry (digitally held fractional ownership; traceability from mine to market; use of technology in advanced trading; and technology as security enabler for banks and FI’s such as in RFID etc.); identify how this could potentially affect market participants going forward; whether they need to adopt these new trends; and how the future of precious metals business is linked to technology.

12:50 - 14:10

Lunch

14:10 - 15:10

Jewellery – Relevance in the Changing Landscape

  • This panel will discuss decline in global demand for jewellery, examine its relevance going forward, and what steps might jewelers take to arrest or reverse this decline. Also under evaluation will be the impact of VAT on UAE’s jewellery sector one year on.

15:10 - 15:30

Networking Coffee Break

15:30 - 16:30

Opportunities and Challenges in White Metals

  • This panel will discuss, as the name suggests, opportunities and challenges in the white metals space (namely, platinum, palladium and silver) and examine the impact on demand from factors such as technology and emission standards (for example, shift from gas (petrol / diesel) engines to electric cars; reduction in petroleum refining and use of catalysts; production and distribution of silver and platinum; and use of silver in battery manufacturing, and the relative value of gold versus silver, platinum and palladium.

16:30 - 16:50

Price Outlook

16:50 - 17:00

Launch of the World Silver Survey

  • Published by The Silver Institute, it provides market participants with supply and demand statistics for key sectors of the silver market, as well price and trade data.

17:00 - 17:10

Closing Remarks

19:00 - 22:00

Gala Dinner