Thursday, June 30, 2011

Alhamdulillah ... Islamic Finance Industry Grows 14 Percent

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KUALA LUMPUR - Islamic finance industry has experienced significant growth over the past two decades. In fact, with the provision of Islamic financial system, shows the growth reached 14 percent, over the last 15 years.

Capital Chapter Executive Director, Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) Izlan Zainal Abidin Zainal said the financial industry is estimated to have reached 1 trillion U.S. dollars. Players in this industry has made some progress especially in Malaysia and Gulf countries, seeking to penetrate new markets such as Europe and Africa.

"Of the total assets of sharia, the visible segment grew strongly last few years is the sukuk," he said as quoted by The Star, Tuesday (28 / 6). Zainal said that during the last 12 months to May 2011, the value of global sukuk rose by 30 percent to 140 billion U.S. dollars over the same period the previous 48 billion U.S. dollars.

According to him, this is an instruction for the perpetrators of Islamic finance, to immediately realize a greater challenge. "Because if not recognized promptly, this will inhibit the growth momentum in the future," he explains.

He said one challenge was related to how to overcome regulatory uncertainty, ranging from legislation to implementation of the tax for Islamic finance. "The challenge becomes more acute when we get into cross-border situations where the jurisdiction of the laws, regulations and applicable double taxation," he said.

As a result, Islamic financial Zainal rate will probably be on the economic route is less definite, in contrast to conventional business. "There will be fears among the industry players and practitioners to fully embrace Islamic finance," he said.

In addition, the achievement of harmonization in the interpretation of sharia principles is also a major challenge for this financial. He said this would affect the industry's efforts to build scale in terms of product development, distribution and expertise, and cost efficiency.

"Therefore need a variety of initiatives to provide a conducive environment for the application of Islamic capital markets practice," he asserted. He added that necessary guidelines to regulate the issuance and offering a wide range of Islamic financial products to ensure industrial development as well as guidelines on a regular basis to ensure relevance and effectiveness.


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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

So ambitious Nigerian Sharia Center

Abuja - Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Mallam Sanusi Lamido, said that Nigeria has the potential to be Islamic financial hub of Africa. As reported by local daily Punch, he indicated a significant Muslim population figures plus a large population of Nigeria was one factor supporting this ambition.

''Moreover, Nigeria is now the economy has changed and become one of the investment destination country,''he said. ''Not this fantasy can be done?''

According to him, Islamic banking which do not allow the interest is also in accordance with the law in Nigeria. Although not yet commonly used, Mallam said the introduction of non-interest system would bring the country in a new market and new institutional players such as stock exchanges and investment manager of Islamic sharia.

''In the long run, this brings a chance to absorb the labor force,''he explained. He believes public money is not reached by conventional systems that can be absorbed by the sharia.

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