Kamarul Ariffin Mohd Jamil

Islamic finance: Affin Bank and ICD upbeat on partnership

The Affin Bank Group hopes that its new new strategic alliance with the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD) will catapult both institutions to a new level. Affin Bank and ICD have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) where they agreed on strategic collaboration especially within the Asian region. The cooperation reflects ICD’s ambition to expand its geographic footprint and exert its influence within the Asian region. In the process, both parties will offer technical and advisory support particularly on product development and Shariah concepts. Mohammed Alammari, acting CEO of ICD, and Kamarul Ariffin Mohd Jamil, CEO of Affin Bank, signed the MoU. Mohammed Alammari expressed his strong support for the partnership.

Greater Collaboration Vital To Internationalise Islamic Finance

Collaboration between Islamic finance market players must be strengthened further in the effort to ensure continuous growth of the industry, especially in the international arena, said Kamarul Ariffin Mohd Jamil, Chief Executive Officer of Affin Islamic Bank Bhd. He also highlighted the fact that interest to venture into the Islamic finance industry has been expressed by non-Muslim countries such as Germany, Luxembourg, France, Australia, South Korean and Japan. The establishment of market infrastructure and regulatory frameworks in these countries are currently at various stages of development, he added. Moreover, the industry needs more professionals who are conversant and well trained in Islamic banking and finance.

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