The IMF Survey Magazine devotes the 'IMF Research' section to Islamic banking and finance. Doha Bank, a Qatari bank, is working to expand into Japan and provide Japanese financial institutions with a link to the Middle East. The Japanese Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) is exploring a sukuk issue, which would be the first from a government organization within the Group of Eight countries.
Malaysia looking to develop standards for Islamic financing of construction.
Islamic products may provide a higher return than conventional investments, according to economists in Kuwait.
Pakistan will see its first mortgage-backed sukuk.
Lloyd's TSB made a public commitment to Islamic finance.