Abdulbasit A. al-Shaibei

QIIB expects to receive licence for Moroccan JV before year-end: CEO

#Qatar International Islamic Bank (QIIB) expects to secure the licence from the Moroccan authorities for its joint-venture bank in the kingdom before the year-end. CEO Abdulbasit A. al-Shaibei said QIIB firmly believed that Morocco presented a 'good opportunity' for the bank, being a gateway to North Africa, which is in need of Shariah-based, value-driven banking. He said QIIB and its partners in Morocco have identified the branches and installed the IT systems. While there are opportunities, al-Shaibei said any new market would pose some challenges. In terms of overseas ventures, QIIB will now be focused only on Morocco. Al-Shaibei said 2016 was a challenging year not just in the Middle East, but everywhere. However, he said he remained very optimistic about the Qatari economy and the future opportunities of the country.

International Islamic backs charity auction

Qatari entrepreneur and philanthropist, Sheikh Ali bin Abdullah al-Thani and International Islamic CEO, Abdulbasit A. al-Shaibei participated in the celebrations held as part of the Charity Art and Photography Auction at the College of North Atlantic in Qatar on May 22. More than 100 selections of art and photography were up for bids. The majority of these pieces have been donated by members of CNA-Q’s art and photography clubs. The proceeds from the auction will go to Qatar Red Crescent. Institutions such as Qatar Red Crescent are committed to serving the local community and others in need. Through various projects they undertake such initiatives.

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