The Establishment Post

Weaknesses Remain in Indonesia’s Financial Sector

Four weaknesses in the financial system explain Indonesia’s capitulation to the crisis in 1998: the undercapitalisation of the banking system, a substandard regulation and supervision, the lack of inter-bank competition and the availability of cheap credit from state-owned banks with low risk which provided no incentive for the corporate sector to raise funds in the capital and bond markets. Between 1997 and 2013, the Indonesian government adopted a number of policies to rebuild and modernise Indonesia’s financial sector. It is through these policies that the Indonesian government has effectively reduced risks and moved the Indonesia financial sector from a state of collapse towards a modern financial system.

Malaysia Plans To Be A Pioneer of Islamic Wealth Management

Malaysia hopes to be the first country in the world to introduce Islamic wealth management and champion new products under the Islamic financial system, said Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Ahmad Maslan. According to him, Islamic wealth management is an attractive sub-sector and promises good returns in the financial services industry. Ahmad said, to boost Malaysia’s aspiration to be the center of intellectual excellence in Islamic finance, the government stepped up efforts in that direction. The Islamic wealth management is expected to evolve to the next stage in the Islamic finance industry with the availability of infrastructure in terms of human resource development for the Islamic financial institutions and expertise that is existing today.

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