Infrastructure projects to boost Malaysia's lead role in Sukuk mart

The infrastructure projects to be launched in Asean and the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) regions will continue to put Malaysia as the champion in the sukuk market next year, according to CIMB Islamic Bank. Its Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer Badlisyah Abdul Ghani said the sukuk market will perform positively in 2014, with a projection of between US$42bil (US$1=RM3.25) and US$48bil of new issuances led by Malaysia and Saudi Arabia. CIMB Islamic has so far topped the lead manager league table after arranging RM9.70bil worth of sukuk issuance, garnering a 25.9% market share. Out of 20 countries worldwide, Malaysia was ranked third in terms of total Shariah-compliant assets at US$196.820mil, with 41 institutions offering Shariah services, representing 63.7% of the total population.