Dubai – MENA Herald: The Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Studies (EIBFS), a regional leader in banking and finance education and training, organised the 2016 Human Resources Managers Forum as part of its sustained commitment to engaging with HR managers of banks in the region and gaining their feedback for enhancing the content and quality of its training and academic programmes. 38 HR managers and their representatives from different banks attended this event.

Welcoming the participating HR managers to the forum, Husam Al Sayed, Group Chief Human Resource Officer, Emirates NBD, introduced the advisory members of EIBFS to all the banks. EIBFS representatives outlined the training results for 2015, the institution’s training need analysis for 2017, and highlighted the role of the advisory committee in ensuring the quality enhancement of all its training activities. The committee later elaborated on the current financial and training programmes and allied services provided by EIBFS.

Jamal Al Jassmi, General Manager of EIBFS, said: “This event enables us to annually engage and collaborate with HR managers of banks within the region. Through the valuable insights and contributions of these professionals, we are able to collectively improve the institution’s training and academic programmes in line with our objective of emerging as the leading independent training centre that offers world-class education in banking and finance.”

He added: “During the session, the participating experts offered several productive proposals to further enhance the quality and relevance of our training platforms. We are positive that the response will allow us to adapt our programmes to fit the latest market demands.”

Suggestions to improve the programmes included collaborating with a larger number of international institutes, implementing best global practices in training, building a network for banks to improve the training support offered to their teams, updating the network with new market developments within the UAE and the GCC region, and maintaining ongoing communication between banks and EIBFS.

For his part, Hussam Al Sayed said: “EIBFS has played a defining role in driving the development of qualified and skilled cadres within the region’s banking and financial services (BFSI) sector. The institute provides highly effective training and leadership programmes to our bank’s staff. We remain committed to participating in such initiatives that hone the competencies of the region’s finance professionals and enhance the regional sector’s credibility on a global stage. The annual forum enabled participating banks to engage in productive discussions on possible improvements for the institution’s programmes.”