Medafrica Times

Nigeria and Ivory Coast negotiate the sukuk issuance with the Islamic Development Bank

Nigeria and Ivory Coast have begun negotiations with the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD) for sukuk issuance. According to the ICD head Khaled Al-Aboodi, the two countries are looking to emulate Senegal’s successful move into the market for Islamic bonds. Al-Aboodi added that they were exploring with Nigeria and Ivory Coast. The issuance by Senegal has opened up the whole region, he said. The ICD hopes to support at least two countries in 2015 to issue a sukuk. Meanwhile, Niger has signed up for a sukuk programme worth 150 billion CFA francs ($260 million), although the timing has yet to be determined.

A dozen Islamic banks seek licences in Morocco

Bank Al-Maghrib, Morocco’s central bank, has reportedly received several requests for approval from Islamic banks from the Gulf countries. Al Baraka Bank (Bahrain), the Kuwait Investment Bank and the National Bank of Qatar are among those banks that wish to settle in Morocco. Some of these institutions have already established agreements with local credit institutions like Bahraini bank Al Baraka Bank. Banque Centrale Populaire (BCP) has, meanwhile, last year signed a strategic partnership in the field of Islamic finance with Guidance Financial Group (GFG), a subsidiary of Barwa Qatari sovereign wealth fund. The Moroccan banking group Attijariwafa Bank, however, has announced in late January that it has intended to develop its subsidiary dedicated to Islamic finance Dar Assafaa without an alliance with a foreign partner.

Djibouti plans to become Africa’s Islamic finance hub

Djibouti has hosted the last three summits of the African Conference of Islamic finance, mainly in order to attract foreign direct investment, including Muslim countries. The country’s economic expansion depends entirely on the service sector. Islamic banks have helped strengthen Djibouti’s financial ambitions. The four Islamic banks that have settled down the last eight years in the country are now holding 15 to 20% market share. Thesê banks could make Djibouti a sub-regional financial center.

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