KFH-Research: Participation banks growing rapidly in Turkey

KFH-Research issued a report stating that participation banks (Islamic banks) in Turkey form 5.2% of banking assets and will reach 10% by 2018, since those banks surpass the rest of the banking sector and have steady financing growth over 20% per year. The report noted that KFH-Turkey is first in deposits, and that participation banks are highly demanded and offer a wide array of products. There are currently four participation banks in Turkey, which are Albaraka Turk, Kuveyt Turk, Turkiye Finans, and Bank Asya. The low penetration rate of participation banking should ensure that its significant growth will continue over the coming years. Continuous measures and initiatives taken by the Turkish government as well as the large Muslim population will drive the participation banking sector to grow in the longer term.