Tunisia and Pakistan join the sukuk rush

Countries including Pakistan, Tunisia and South Africa are drawing up plans to issue government bonds that comply with Islamic law as they seek to take advantage of strong investor demand for emerging market sovereign debt. Tunisia is working with the Islamic Development Bank to issue a 1bn dinar ($580m) sukuk this year, while Jordan has instructed a committee to look into the possibility of issuing sukuk next year. Governments in South Africa and the Philippines also say they are considering raising money through the sale of Islamic debt.