MALAYSIA: Malaysian government and central bank issue Islamic papers
PAKISTAN: State Bank of Pakistan injects PKR743 billion (US$3.46 billion) into banks with 15.11% return rate, The Express Tribune reports
PAKISTAN: Rafah National Savings holds first Shariah board meeting; two Islamic products approved
PAKISTAN: Habib Bank opens new Islamic banking branch in Lahore, The News International reports
SOMALIA: IsDB assures it is working with Somalia to promote socioeconomic development and prosperity
UAE: Dubai Financial Market to allow Dubai Gold and Commodities Exchange licensed brokerage firms to become derivatives members
PAKISTAN: State Bank of Pakistan automates verification of refinance claims under Export Finance Scheme
MALAYSIA: APM Automotive Holdings issues Islamic medium-term note worth RM50 million (US$11.22 million)
SAUDI ARABIA: Council of Cooperative Health Insurance renews company qualification of Buruj Cooperative Insurance Company for one year
SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi Capital Market Authority board issues resolution to refer two companies to Public Prosecution
MALDIVES: Maldives procures medical equipment for frontline workers and health facilities with funding from IsDB totaling US$34.1 million to date
MALAYSIA: CIMB Islamic Bank to partner with Yayasan Waqaf Malaysia and Yayasan Belia Malaysia for Rider Entrepreneur Programme 2022
MALAYSIA: Malaysia Venture Capital Management welcomes Noor Amy Ismail as COO and Paramjit Singh Gill as chief investment officer
MALAYSIA: Ranhill Solar Ventures proposes Sukuk Murabahah program of up to RM310 million (US$69.54 million); ‘AA3/Stable’ rating assigned
MALAYSIA: BGSM Management issues two Islamic medium-term notes worth RM350 million (US$78.52 million) combined
MALAYSIA: BGRB Venture issues RM4 million (US$897,332) unrated Islamic medium-term note on the 15th August 2022
INDONESIA: Indonesia Stock Exchange lists Sukuk issued by Indah Kiat Pulp & Paper, Sarana Multi Infrastruktur and Kereta Api Indonesia
BAHRAIN: Central Bank of Bahrain’s monthly Sukuk Salam issuance worth BHD43 million (US$113.35 million) oversubscribed
MALAYSIA: Malaysian Ministry of Human Resources launches Shariah compliant financing facility for skilled workers, Bernama reports
MALAYSIA: Al Rajhi Bank Malaysia partners with Darwinbox to digitalize human resources processes
INDONESIA: Indonesian regulatory and financial entities collaborate to encourage younger generation to participate in sustainable investing
SAUDI ARABIA: Bupa Arabia for Cooperative Insurance appoints Loay Hisham Nazer as chairman of board; appoints other board members
ETHIOPIA: Kacha Digital Financial Services to finalize preparatory activities to launch Shariah compliant financial services
INDONESIA: Kereta Api Indonesia raises IDR4.6 trillion (US$313.08 million) through Sukuk and bonds; receives oversubscription of 2.3 times, Kontan reports
UAE: Pure Harvest Smart Farms eyes new Sukuk or conventional bond issuance to support expansion, Salaam Gateway reports
SAUDI ARABIA: Tamam Financing Company launches Murabahah financing to enable instant access to financing and flexible repayment options
OMAN: Oman Cement Company appoints Sohar Islamic Bank as mandated lead arranger for expansion project
OMAN: Bank Nizwa pledges OMR40,000 (US$103,547) to support flood-stricken communities in Rustaq and Al Awabi
GLOBAL: AAOIFI begins digital transformation and process automation journey; appoints Lyst Technologies to assist
MALAYSIA: Meem Gold & Jewellery receives Shariah compliance certification from Elzar Shariah Solutions and Advisory
MALAYSIA: Merchant commerce platform Pine Labs partners with Bank Simpanan Nasional to enable digital Pay Later
MALAYSIA: Malaysian banking associations increase security measures in response to iPay88 cybersecurity incident
UAE: Ajit Vijay Joshi resigns from position as non-independent, non-executive board member of Takaful Emarat Insurance for personal reasons
MALAYSIA: Sunway Treasury Sukuk issues RM50 million (US$11.24 million) one-month Islamic commercial paper
MALAYSIA: Bank Negara Malaysia prints short-term Shariah compliant papers
MALAYSIA: Bank Negara Malaysia and Securities Commission Malaysia to confer 6th Royal Award for Islamic Finance on 4th October 2022 in Kuala Lumpur
PAKISTAN: China Power Hub Generation Company closes short-term Sukuk worth PKR8 billion (US$36.28 million)
SAUDI ARABIA: Zahrat Al Waha for Trading Co renews Islamic financing facility worth SAR148.72 million (US$39.6 million) with Arab National Bank
AFGHANISTAN: IsDB provides US$525,000 to International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to meet humanitarian needs in Afghanistan
PAKISTAN: ZoodPay partners with Neem to introduce Shariah compliant inventory financing to online merchants
SAUDI ARABIA: Cornelius Alexander Ionnes Ankel resigns from Saudi Enaya Cooperative Insurance Co as board member
MALAYSIA: Sabah Credit Corporation issues RM200 million (US$44.95 million) Islamic medium-term note
INDONESIA: Bank Indonesia voices commitment to support development of women Shariah business players to accelerate inclusive economic growth
MALAYSIA: RAM reaffirms ‘AA3/Stable’ rating on Solar Management (Seremban)’s RM260 million (US$58.31 million) ASEAN Green SRI Sukuk (2020/2038)
SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi Electric Company obtains US$3 billion international syndicated facility from 15 entities including Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank
MALAYSIA: Mudajaya Land obtains Islamic financing facilities worth RM55 million (US$12.36 million) from Al Rajhi Banking & Investment Corporation (Malaysia)
UAE: Mohammed Hussain Mohammed resigns from post as board member of Islamic Arabic Insurance Co
UK: Offa welcomes Sayful Rahman as new senior business development manager
SAUDI ARABIA: Al Alamiya for Cooperative Insurance Co appoints Waleed Khalid AL Dhubaib as non-executive board member
MALAYSIA: Gabungan AQRS proposes RM200 million (US$44.95 million) Islamic commercial paper/Islamic medium-term note program
The Malaysian government has identified Islamic fintech as a strategic avenue to further bolster its global Islamic economic standing and as a source of economic growth. There is much to gain from developing this area. However, establishing a vibrant supportive ecosystem is a collaborative exercise involving many moving components, with funding as an instrumental factor of success for any start-ups. With the input of industry stakeholders, this report, supported by Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation, identifies four key priorities and six strategic recommendations to facilitate an Islamic fintech funding ecosystem in...
|Wednesday, 20 Apr 2022|
IFN and Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation are pleased to release the Islamic Fintech & Digital Financial Inclusion Report. The findings of the report are based on the input of senior decision-makers and leaders from the Islamic finance industry, including the government, regulators and fintech community, given during the ‘Islamic Fintech Dialogue 2020: Driving Financial Inclusion through Islamic Fintech’. Key highlights: Islamic fintech stakeholders identify nine strategic priority areas that will further reinforce and enhance financial inclusion in Malaysia Key priorities include setting up a national Islamic fintech taskforce, developing smart...
|Wednesday, 22 Jul 2020|
A collaborative endeavor with stakeholders of the Islamic fintech ecosystem, this report deep dives into the fast-accelerating industry and provides a snapshot at what it has to offer in Malaysia. Within are the latest facts on the opportunities Malaysia has to offer in the Shariah fintech sector. This also includes the challenges it faces. More importantly, it highlights suggestions from the community. Among them are major pointers on how to best address marketplace gaps and other key recommendations that can drive the Islamic fintech agenda forward. View PDF Edition
|Tuesday, 14 Apr 2020|
The Middle East is a hotbed for project financing opportunities: with a thriving infrastructure pipeline, an established energy industry and of course a vast field of petrochemical and utilities projects, among others. As the sector gathers pace and sophistication, priorities are also beginning to shift towards a more conscious attitude regarding clean energy, green business and environmental awareness – especially as the economic and geopolitical challenges in the region and globally cast a shadow over potential progress. As the industry develops, IFN asks, how will this new path impact project...
|Monday, 14 Dec 2015|
Backed by rising liquidity and sound financials, Dubai as become a hotbed for investors – domestic and international – looking to take advantage of the region’s growing economy and increasing curiosity among local issuers and investors on the prospects of Shariah compliant finance. How has or will Dubai attract issuers (both domestic and international) to use Dubai as the issuing center? In April 2015 a group of industry-leading regional and international experts gathered together at the DIFC in Dubai to conduct a high-level discussion on current and future of Sukuk...
|Friday, 22 May 2015|
In September 2014 a group of regional and international experts gathered together at the Shangri-La Hotel in Jakarta to conduct a high-level discussion on the future of the Indonesian Islamic insurance industry. With a broad range of perspectives including from the regulatory, practitioner, reTakaful and observer angles, the debate was wide-ranging and rewarding, with lively interaction and valuable collaboration between the parties. Seeking to uncover the key trends and developments in the Indonesian Takaful and reTakaful industry and gain an understanding of the requirements for growth going forward, the conversation...
|Friday, 07 Nov 2014|
The search for human capital poses significant challenges to organizations faced with the need for global managers with international experience, and qualified specialists with multi-functional expertise. Organizations must consider investing in human capital as a strategic target and an essential requirement for future success. A group of the foremost industry experts in the field of training and accreditation recently gathered at the Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC) under the aegis of IFN and the Dubai financial authorities to discuss the current and chronic gap in the provision and training of...
|Saturday, 01 Nov 2014|
A group of leading industry experts recently gathered at the Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC) under the aegis of IFN and the Dubai financial authorities to discuss the current lack of a robust and material Islamic wealth management sector that can meet the needs of its high net worth clients and attract them away from the conventional arena. The crux of the discussion revolved around the lack of a track record in Islamic wealth management and the current inability to attract investors. An average Middle Eastern high net-worth individual is...
|Wednesday, 01 Oct 2014|
A group of leading industry experts recently gathered at the Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC) under the aegis of IFN and the Dubai financial authorities to discuss the challenges and opportunities of building a global Shariah compliant trade finance network and the possibility inherent in creating a suite of products to service this goal. Trade finance currently supports 90% of the world trade but emerging economies have seen the highest volumes of trade globally. Where does Islamic trade finance sit in this equation: what are the challenges that we’re encountering...
|Monday, 01 Sep 2014|
A group of leading industry experts recently gathered at the Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC) under the aegis of IFN and the Dubai financial authorities to discuss the challenges and opportunities of liquidity management within the industry; to discuss the requirements needed to develop the short to medium-term instruments that the Islamic finance industry needs to manage liquidity; and to evaluate and identify potential solutions to develop the Islamic money market going forward. Islamic Finance news was delighted to bring together the experience and expertise of industry stalwarts including Moinuddin...
|Friday, 01 Aug 2014|
On the 1st May 2014, a group of leading industry experts gathered at the Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC) to discuss the potential for Dubai’s rapidly developing Islamic debt capital market in the context of its wider Islamic economy ambitions and attempt to identify the key challenges and opportunities that currently exist in its path towards becoming a global hub for Sukuk. Backed by rising liquidity, sound financials and healthy oil prices, Dubai has become a hotbed for investors, both domestic and international, seeking to take advantage of the region’s growing...
|Sunday, 01 Jun 2014|
In conjunction with the IFN Asia Forum 2014, Islamic Finance news held the first in a new series of Islamic finance-focused Roundtable discussions, sponsored by CIMB Islamic. A group of leading industry experts gathered together in a closed-door session to discuss the first in a series of broad yet crucial concepts designed to promote inclusion and participation in the wider industry. ‘Islamic Finance for CFOs’ aimed to create a roadmap for encouraging more corporates to tap the Islamic markets by identifying the key barriers, answering the key questions, addressing the...
|Sunday, 01 Jun 2014|
Dubai as the World's Capital of the Islamic Economy On the 30th April 2014, a group of leading industry experts gathered at the Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC) to discuss the strategy and prospects for Dubai to drive its ambitions as a global capital of Islamic economy. In October of last year Dubai's ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, announced a three-year program to promote Dubai as the leading global center for the Islamic economy, based on a framework of seven key pillars and supported by 46 strategic initiatives. While...
|Thursday, 01 May 2014|
Efforts by the UK government to introduce Islamic finance into the mainstream economy as an alternative investment mechanism are becoming more evident with the set-up of the UK Islamic Finance Task Force, and other government-led initiatives pioneered by TheCityUK as well as regulatory amendments to accommodate Shariah compliant transactions. As the UK fights to keep its leading edge as the world’s foremost financial center, Islamic finance has been suggested as a booster to the nation’s economy; primarily to encourage inflows of liquidity from the GCC and Asia and to accommodate...
|Saturday, 01 Jun 2013|