Infrastructure to be catalyst for sukuk issuance in 2015

Funding for infrastructure projects will be the driver for sukuk issuances this year, says CIMB Islamic Bank chief executive officer, Badlisyah Abdul Ghani. He said the sukuk issuance in 2015 could emulate the peak of 2012, if all planned infrastructure projects such as My Rapid Transit, the Pan-Borneo highway and Kuala Lumpur-Singapore high speed train venture come on stream. Badlisyah said for the market to be sustainable, more mid size offerings of between RM1 billion and RM2 billion are needed, as compared to a single mega size issuance of RM20 billion. Meanwhile, on CIMB Islamic,Badlisyah said the bank is currently working on a few sovereign deals which are expected to come on stream in the middle of this year.