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Nigeria: As Pioneer Islamic Bank Opens Shop in the Country

Jaiz is widely associated with non-interest banking in Nigeria. The bank has begun its activity in 2002 when the movement for the creation of Jaiz gathered momentous.
Before Jaiz there were many other attempts: starting with WAPA (West African Pilgrimage Agency), which was established during the colonial era to cater for the financial arrangements of Muslim pilgrimage, a name that is still common in places like Kano; to Habib Bank and numerous community and later micro finance Banks established for the same purpose.
But Jaiz is special because of the scale of the project and the hope that is place on the institution by millions of people among them ordinary investors who put their hard earn savings in the institution.

Crisis and opportunity

Afghanistan seems like a country which is tailor-made for Islamic finance, but it still doesn't have a single Islamic bank. However, moves are afoot to bring it to the country. Afghanistan has rarely been out of the news over the past nine years, as around 40 countries have been endeavouring to turn the country from one of the poorest to something more stable and prosperous. The economy, after years of desperate hardship has been growing at around 10 per cent a year, admittedly from a very low base.
The banking system has been created virtually from scratch and the Central Bank of Afghanistan or Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB), as it is better known, is at the forefront of the change, although the transformation not has been without its challenges.
The country has 17 (mostly private) banks including a number of foreign banks such as Standard Chartered, Punjab National Bank, National Bank of Pakistan, Habib Bank (also from Pakistan) and Bank Alfalah.

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