Kiddie-Pool Loan Ends Indonesian Invisibility in Islamic Banking

Indonesia, the country with the world’s largest Muslim population, is developing its Islamic finance industry. It’s speeding up government approvals and fixing a fragmented regulatory system as part of an effort to reach more unbanked Muslims and increase the portion of Islamic assets in the banking system to 15 percent by 2017, from 4.3 percent. Currently, Indonesia ranks fifth in the amount of outstanding Islamic bonds, the number of Indonesians using Islamic financial products increased 36 percent over the past year. However, that’s still only 13.4 million people in a country of 208 million Muslims, which shows Indonesia's growth potential regarding Islamic finance.