Thomson Reuters Releases A Report on Morocco's Islamic Finance Market

Thomson Reuters released a country report on Islamic Finance in Morocco in collaboration with the Islamic Research and Training Institute (IRTI) and the General Council for Islamic Banks and Financial Institutions (CIBAFI). Based on exclusive retail consumer and corporate surveys, the report estimates that Islamic banking assets could potentially reach US$8.6 billion by 2018, with a profit pool of between US$67 million and US$112 million for Islamic finance providers. The national retail consumer survey indicates Moroccan Islamic banking assets could potentially reach up to 5% of total banking assets by 2018. However, Moroccans know very little about Islamic financial products, the report adds. Islamic banking and Takaful laws are expected to be passed by the Moroccan parliament this year.