Dear Friends,

It is an honour and pleasure to be hosting the 37th IOMA: WFE's Clearing & Derivatives Conference in Malta from 25-27 March 2020. Although the Malta Stock Exchange has been affiliated with the WFE for over 25 years, it is our first time hosting a major WFE conference.

Malta is currently one of Europe’s fastest growing economies, and you can sense excitement in the air. We have a long and rich history dating back to 5900 BC. From the Phoenicians to the Carthaginians, to the Arabs, French, and British, few countries have had such a rich mixture of diverse cultural influences. With a land mass half the size of Singapore, we attract over 2.7 million tourists annually - that’s about six times the size of our population.

As hosts, we will endeavour to ensure that our international guests have an exciting and enjoyable experience in Malta. But ultimately, IOMA: WFE’s Clearing & Derivatives Conference will be about exchanging ideas relevant to our industry, sharing best practices, and deepening our knowledge and networks.

We are excited that the conference in 2020 will include a broad discussion on blockchain and the future of digitisation and security tokens. Malta has become a global leader in drafting laws that regulate digital assets. Indeed, the Malta Stock Exchange, through its subsidiary MSX, hopes to be a trailblazer in this exciting and nascent space.

On behalf of the Malta Stock Exchange we look forward to giving you all a very warm, Mediterranean welcome.

Joseph Portelli 
Executive Chairman
Malta Stock Exchange