Monday, July 02, 2007

Islamic banking, durra and IFC investment in Islamic finance

The International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance (INCEIF) held a conference in Yemen about the challenges facing Islamic banks. Another conference in Bahrain discussed the growing prominence of Islamic banking. In Kenya, the lack of a Shari'ah-compliant interbank money market raises questions about the viability of Islamic banks in the market, particularly the recently opened First Community Bank.

Women in the UAE's Islamic finance industry are pushing for a greater number of female senior executives.

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank, will invest in Islamic mezzanine notes issued by Tamweel. The issue will be the first Shari'ah-compliant multitranche mortgage-backed security in the UAE. IFC hopes its investment will help "develop long-term capital markets in the GCC and expand availability of Islamic finance products" according to Lee Meddin, the IFC Deputy Treasurer and Global Head of Structured Finance.

The Waqf Fund established by the Central Bank of Bahrain in 2006 will have a special fund to support Islamic finance education & training.

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