Call for law on Islamic insurance

THE government has been advised to look into the possibility of enacting a law to regulate establishment and operations of Takaful in the country. The Commissioner of Insurance, Mr Israel Kamuzora, said this in Dar es Salaam recently when briefing the Minister of State in the President’s Office (Special Duties) on the activities of the Tanzania Insurance Regulatory Authority (TIRA). He said the proposed law would provide guidelines in establishment and operations of insurers providing services that are in compliance with Shariah - Takaful. In Tanzania only few banks including the National Bank of Commerce (NBC), Amana Bank, People’s Bank of Zanzibar (PBZ) and KBC Bank offer Shariah compliant services. The Minister for Finance, Ms Saada Mkuya Salum, last month encouraged more local banks to provide Shariah compliant banking services to attract more Muslim customers.