Islamic finances face massive demand boom in Africa

Africa is expected to see a massive population boom, many of whom will grow up Islamic. As such, demand for Islamic products and services on the continent are expected to rise in the coming years. Financing projects through Islamic financial instruments has massive potential within the African region. One such instrument is sukuk. This is beneficial to projects that require long term financing. These opportunities are not only for delivering Sharia-compliant goods and services to the Muslim population. Even in countries with a low proportion of Muslims, the values and principles of Islamic financing—such as investment products that avoid alcohol or gambling, and no-interest lending—appeal to investors seeking ethical schemes or banking customers seeking alternative products.