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AAOIFI Convenes its International #Conference Tomorrow in Madinah, Marking its 25th Anniversary

Accounting and Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI) holds on 4 May 2016 its International Conference, marking its 25th anniversary. Dr. Hamed Hassan Merah, Secretary General of AAOIFI said time is proper to revisit the 40 years history of the Islamic finance industry to evaluate its experience and contemplate the way forward.

La #FinanceIslamique: une opportunité de financement pour le Pse

La Finance Islamique, c’est plus de $2.000 ms et 35% de taux de croissance. Une manne financière qui doit être saisie par le gouvernement du Sénégal pour le financement du Plan Sénégal émergent (Pse). Oulimata Diop, Directrice de la Monnaie et du Crédit au Ministère de l’Economie des Finances, a dit l'financement du Pse qui doit être pris en charge par le secteur privé à hauteur de 60%, c’est pourquoi le gouvernement compte mettre en place des stratégies pour capter l’investissement Islamique.

#Islamicfinance’s entry into #gold market could send price soaring

The Islamic finance industry has set sight on the gold market as initiatives are underway to establish a new standard to make the metal tradable under Shariah finance rules. World Gold Council (WGC) together with Amanie Advisors and the Accounting and Auditing Organisation for Islamic Financial Institutions in Bahrain are now developing the standard to increase transparency and harmonisation of the use of gold investments. The Islamic finance entry could shake the gold market as Islamic financial institutions hold around $2tn in assets and are expected to double that asset base up to 2020.

Zakat to promote equitable redistribution of wealth and foster a sense of solidarity among the Muslims

On the annual distribution of Zakat by the Elders Consultative Forum of Supreme Council for Shariah in #Nigeria Abiola Ajimobi called on the Muslims to address the effective, efficient collection and management of Zakat fund. One of the beneficiaries of the Zakat distribution, Ridwan Olalekan, who spoke on behalf of others, promised to make judicious use of the items.

Woori Bank launches service desk in #Iran

#SouthKorea’s Woori Bank has launched a Korea Desk in Iran to help Korean companies with their business activities in the Islamic Republic. Central Bank of Iran's deputy Gholam-Ali Kamyab said this move could prepare the ground for the opening of Woori branches in Iran. Korean companies will be able to use Woori Bank’s service in the Iranian bank or the Korean bank’s outlets in neighboring cities of Bahrain and Dubai for their businesses in Iran.

CIBAFI launched Global Forum "Rethinking Values for #Sustainable #Growth"

The General Council of Islamic Banks and Financial Institutions launched its Global Forum 'Rethinking Values for Sustainable Growth' in Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain. The Forum was attended by delegates from more than 28 countries. Special keynote guest Dr. Mark Mobius covered expert views on MENA and emerging markets including the impact of oil prices on economies, as well as what structural reforms are required for sustainable growth.

Hong Kong bank funds said frozen in 1MDB probe by #Singapore and other authorities

Hong Kong bank accounts belonging to several unnamed individuals have been frozen amid global investigations into the finances of the Malaysian state fund 1MDB. Owners are being probed by authorities in countries outside of Malaysia. Authorities in Singapore charged two men following investigations into their dealings with the fund. A Malaysian parliamentary committee had identified at least US$4.2 billion of irregular transactions by the fund.

#Microfinance Institution Alif Capital of Tajikistan Receives Banking License

Alif Capital has been approved by the National Bank of Tajikistan to provide banking services in both hard currency and somoni, the currency of Tajikistan. Alif Capital is marketed as the first regulated microfinance institution in Tajikistan that offers Sharia-compliant finance. Its loan terms vary from four to six months, with an average size of $4,000 as of 2015.

Unlocking innovation in the #MiddleEast through financial inclusion

The Middle East remains the most financially excluded region in the world despite being a middle income region. When the World Bank conducted its first Global Findex survey in 2011, the Middle East had the lowest bank account ownership rate of the six developing regions. In the Middle East only about 14% of adults have an account, virtually unchanged from 2011. The World Bank has made substantial efforts to ensure that SMEs obtain access to finance over the past six years – with large line of credit operations in Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia and Morocco.

Satyajit Das: Should we worry about the global economy?

#Debt continues to be a major source of instability for the global economy. Since 2007, global debt has grown by $57trillion or 17 % of GDP. Since 2007, no major economies and only five developing economies have reduced the ratio of debt to GDP in the real economy. In contrast, 14 countries have increased their total debt-to-GDP ratios by more than 50 percentage points. Over 20 countries now have debt-to-GDP ratios above 200 per cent, led by Japan (400 %).

#Banks make blanket exits from businesses and account closure, regulators disagree

In response to fears of being fined for compliance failings banks are making blanket exits from certain businesses or closing clients' accounts on a large scale. Regulators disagree with such wholesale withdrawal from certain areas of business, even if it is done in the name of de-risking. Such de-risking moves are being carried out mostly at the large international banks, however Asia has seen very little de-risking so far.

Inside #lraq’s Cash Economy: Fully Reserved #Banking in a Monetary Dystopia

In Iraq the private sector is primarily cash-based. Bank financing is unavailable for all but the largest companies and even then is limited mainly to overdraft facilities. Private banks are subject to large and unpredictable demands for cash from depositors, while money transfer companies do not take deposits at all. The majority of households do not have a bank account, those with savings often hold them in the form of US dollar hoards in private safes.

New insurance rules bode well for #Qatar

Sheikh Abdullah bin Saud Al Thani, the governor of the Qatar Central Bank (QCB), issued operating instructions and governance principals for insurers operating in Qatar. The instructions relate to licensing, regulations and controls, risk management, accounting and actuaries reports. The new law stipulates that listed insurance companies must have capital greater than QAR100 mn or their risk-based capital requirement, while unlisted insurance companies must have capital higher than the figure set by the QCB.

#Takaful sector set to double growth rate

#Malaysia’s #takaful industry is set to double its growth rate this year as companies focus on selling cheaper policies in rural areas. Malaysian Takaful Association's chairman Ahmad Rizlan Azman said the number of policies would rise 10% to 5.05 million in 2016, compared with 4.3% growth in 2015. Insurers entering the micro-takaful market and the liberalisation of commission structures are the biggest drivers.

#Qatar National Bank claims customer data released by hackers is authentic

Qatar National Bank has admitted that its systems were hacked but said the incident will not have a financial impact on the bank’s customers. Security researcher Omar Benbouazza said a Turkish far-right group called Bozkurtlar for Grey Wolves has claimed responsibility for the bank breach. He stated that the attackers used an SQL injection tool and the bank made a big mistake using known vulnerable software in the targeted host.

Al-Arafah #Islami Bank elects chairman, vice chairman

In Bangladesh Abdus Samad has been elected as the chairman and Mohammed Abdus Salam as the vice chairman of Al-Arafah Islami Bank. Samad is one of the founder directors of the bank, and vice chairman of S Alam Group. Salam is a sponsor shareholder and ex-chairman of Al-Arafah Islami Bank, and the current managing director of Mir Group.

Bank Muamalat signs #corporate integrity pledge with MACC

Bank Muamalat CEO Datuk Mohd Redza Shah Abdul Wahid and MACC deputy chief commissioner Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali signed the Corporate Integrity Pledge of Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC). The signing ceremony was also witnessed by Bank Muamalat chairman Tan Sri Dr Mohd Munir Abd Majid. The signing of the pledge signifies Bank Muamalat's declaration against corrupt practices and its resolve to work towards a highly principled business environment.

#Pakistan's Summit Bank eyes Burj Bank for #Islamic #banking entry

Summit Bank has received approval from Pakistan's central bank to conduct due diligence on Burj Bank. Burj Bank held 4.4 billion rupees ($42 mn) in paid up capital as of December, compared with the regulatory minimum of 10 billion rupees. Burj Bank said it had shortlisted three financial institutions to conduct due diligence on a non-exclusive basis. It also received an extension from the central bank to meet the mimimum capital requirement until June 30.

Finance participative : conférence de presse du Salon SIFEP 2016 à Casablanca

La 1ère édition du Salon International de la Finance Ethique et Participative SIFEP 2016 se tiendra du 20 au 22 octobre 2016 au Parc d’Expositions de l’Office des Changes à Casablanca.
Dans le cadre de la préparation de cet évènement majeur pour le développement de la finance islamique au Maroc, une conférence de presse consacrée à la présentation du Salon SIFEP 2016 sera organisée le mardi 17 Mai 2016 à 17h à l’hôtel Goden Tulip Farah – Casablanca.
La conférence de presse sera l’occasion de revenir sur le contexte du démarrage des institutions de finance participative et de l’émergence de la finance islamique au Maroc.
M. Reda EL HADDAJ, Directeur Général du SIFEP et M. Abderrahmane LAHLOU, Commissaire Général du SIFEP, effectueront une présentation du SIFEP 2016 et du Forum du SIFEP organisé en marge du Salon.

CMA Oman's sukuk regulation aims to provide transparency

Capital Market Authority of Oman (CMA Oman) recently issued new sukuk regulations that aim to provide clarity and transparency to market players, while providing protection to investors in sukuk transactions. At the forefront of the historical initiative is Kemal Rizadi Arbi, a Malaysian who is an adviser at CMA Oman as well as a member of the Oman government’s sukuk committee. “It is to be noted that not all jurisdictions have specific and separate sukuk regulations, particularly in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, with many just having a conventional bond regulatory framework with some additions made on the syariah requirements. “In addition, it has been drafted to provide flexibilities and spur innovation in the market, among others introducing a new trust regulation and structure and allowing the issuance of a sukuk programme,” said Kemal in an email to Business Times recently.

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