2nd International Conference on Islamic Finance

Nigerian financial operators have identified Sukuk Islamic bond as a major tool that can be used in closing the country's gap on infrastructural deficit. Raising from the two days 2nd international conference on Islamic Finance which opened on the 30th Nov and closed 1st of Dec 2015 in Abuja, financial experts from the country's public and private sector having exhaustively deliberated with their international global counter parts, resolved to urgently turn up the volume on enlightenment campaigns so as to create the required awareness to investors and operators on the potentials of Sukuk. The conference also recognized and appreciated individuals whom have contributed immensely in Islamic banking in Nigeria and globally.

Nigeria: FG Mulls Exploration of Sukuk for Budget Financing

The Directors General of the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) Aminu Diko and Debt Management Office (DMO) Dr. Abraham Nwakwo have said that Nigeria would not be left behind in benefiting from the growing global Sukuk. They gave the assurance on Tuesday in Abuja at the two-day 2015 International Conference on Islamic Finance themed: "Islamic Capital Market: Infrastructure, Sukuk and Asset Management in Africa". Based on a 30-year National Integrated Infrastructure Master plan (NIIMP), Nigeria requires an expenditure of US$ 3.10 trillion in 30 years covering energy, transport, agriculture and water resources, social infrastructure and vital registration and security.

Pourquoi la finance islamique séduit de plus en plus les pays africains En savoir plus sur

Après l’Afrique du Sud et le Sénégal, la Côte d’Ivoire lance à son tour une émission de sukuks. Le pays vient de lancer une émission de sukuk, pour 150 milliards de francs CFA, soit 230 millions d’euros. L’opération a commencé le 20 novembre, et les investisseurs peuvent souscrire jusqu’au 21 décembre. Les fonds obtenus seront affectés à des projets de développement. En cas de succès, le gouvernement ivoirien compte bien renouveler l’opération ultérieurement. Il pourrait également faire des émules chez ses homologues, notamment au Niger et au Nigeria. Pour ces pays, l’intérêt de ce type d’emprunt est d’abord de diversifier leurs sources de financement.

UPDATE 1-MOVES-Standard Chartered appoints CEO for Islamic banking business

Standard Chartered has appointed Rehan Shaikh as chief executive of its global Islamic banking business, it said in a statement on Wednesday.
Shaikh moves to Standard Chartered Saadiq from Dubai Islamic Bank, where he was senior vice president and business head, private sector and transaction banking. He previously worked for StanChart in Pakistan from 1998 to 2007, the statement said.
He takes over from Sohail Akbar, who was interim chief executive of the Islamic banking operation after the departure of Afaq Khan earlier this year.
StanChart remains committed to the business despite a period of hiatus across other parts of the bank as global chief executive Bill Winters moves to restore profitability. It announced plans this month to reduce costs by $2.9 billion by 2018 and cut 15,000 jobs.
"Islamic finance is an integral part of the business at Standard Chartered and we continue to see growing demand from clients in many of our markets," said Sunil Kaushal, the bank's regional chief executive for Africa and the Middle East.

Ivory Coast launches Sovereign Sukuk

Five year 150 billion CFA issuance sukuk priced at a profit rate of 5.75%
The Ivory Coast is to become the latest state to issue a Sovereign Sukuk as it today launched its debut five year 150 billion CFA issuance sukuk priced at a profit rate of 5.75%. The addition of the Ivory Coast displays the continued growth of the Islamic finance market into Africa and represents a highlight in quiet year for sukuk issuance’s with total issuance volumes down considerably due to tightening of liquidity in traditional Islamic financial markets of the Gulf and South East Asia.
The sukuk is being arranged by the Islamic Corporation for Private Sector Development (ICD). The ICD signed an agreement in April 2015 for the implementation of a five-year Sukuk programme for 300 billion CFA to be issued in two equal phases of 150 billion CFA each. A road show was held in Saudi Arabia from 14 to 19 November and followed a recent upward revision of the Ivory Coast’s sovereign rating by Moody’s from B1 to Ba3.

Value of global Islamic finance assets projected to reach $3.2 tn by 2020

Global Islamic finance assets had an estimated value of $1.8 trillion in 2014 and are expected to almost double by 2020 to reach $3.2 trillion, according to the ICD Thomson Reuters Islamic Finance Development Indicator.

The projections come ahead of the 2015 World Islamic Banking Conference (WIBC 2015), which will be hosted by Thomson Reuters, the world's leading provider of intelligent information for businesses and professionals, and The Islamic Research and Training Institute (IRTI), an affiliate of the Islamic Development Bank Group.

New bond scheme for Mideast, N. Africa World Bank: World Bank official

A new international bond and grant scheme to help countries dealing with the fallout of war and instability in the Middle East and North Africa should be in place by spring, a senior World Bank official said.
In a Reuters interview, Hafez Ghanem, the World Bank's vice president for the Middle East and North Africa, said the type of investment targeted by the plan - education, infrastructure and jobs - was vital to addressing the region's refugee crises. He said that humanitarian aid alone was not enough and the alternative was “one or two lost generations” in a region with 15 million refugees or internally displaced people.

Nigeria: Abubakar Now Jaiz Bank Acting MD As Islam Quits

The Board of Directors of Jaiz Bank Plc has approved the appointment of Mahe Abubakar as the acting Managing Director/CEO of the bank. He succeeds Muhammad Nurul Islam, whose two-year contract ended on November 17, 2015.
Until his appointment, Abubakar was an Executive Director in charge of Business Development. A statement by the Head, Corporate Communications Department of the Bank, Idris Salihu described Abubakar as an astute banker with over 20 years cognate experience.
Before he joined Jaiz bank, he was a General Manager/ Group Zonal Head of Zenith Bank Plc in charge of the Northwest region. His wealth of experience is expected to impact greatly on Jaiz Bank's business development drive. Abubakar has a Master Degree in Business Administration from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and he is a qualified Dealing Clerk of the Nigerian Stock Exchange.
He had attended several trainings in and outside Nigeria including High Potential Leader: Accelerating Your Performance at Wharton School, Pennsylvania, USA; High Performance People Skills, London Business School; and Senior Management Programme, Lagos Business School.

Entrenching Sukuk into SA economy

It is anticipated that the South African taxation legislation governing the specific elements around Murabaha and Sukuk will be extended to cover listed companies, effective in January.
The government has followed through on their intention of ensuring Islamic financial arrangements accessibility to “other” entities (over and above just sovereign government itself and state-owned entities) to also allow for an alternate additional source to raise capital.
Over the last few years, the government has introduced Islamic compliant financial structures in stages. With the first of such introductions coming through in the Taxation Laws Amendment Act of 2010 – “the Act” that recognised for the first time arrangements like Diminishing Musharaka, Murabaha and Mudaraba as alternates to their conventional counterparts – these amendments were effected to enable banks to offer a Shari’ah compliant product.
In 2011 further amendments to the same act were effected, wherein Sukuk was introduced. However, issuance was limited to the sovereign government. Later on, effective from April 2015, Sukuk issuance was extended to state-owned entities.

The Sukuk In Africa: Financing Africa’s Future

It’s simple. No interest on investments but the lender and borrower share the returns.
This form of financing, known as Islamic finance, confronts the lifelong convention in finance of receiving interest on a loan.
The global financial system depends on the founding concept that money itself is a commodity that needs not be invested into an underlying commodity to have value. That said, money can be leveraged to create greater returns through the application of derivatives. Critics artfully label these leveraged and speculative winning, or more euphemistically, returns making money out of nothing. This can ultimately have catastrophic results.
Islamic finance theoretically eliminates the speculative nature of conventional finance. In prohibiting the “unjustified enrichment” and “speculation or excessive risk,” Islamic scholars pushed three principles:
Prohibition of interest.
Profit and loss sharing (riba).
No speculation (gharar).

JAIZ Bank appoints Ex-Zenith Bank’s GM as acting MD

Jaiz Bank Plc, Nigeria’s sole Islamic bank has announced the appointment of Mahe Abubakar as the acting Managing Director/CEO of Jaiz Bank Plc.
Until his appointment, Abubakar was an Executive Director in charge of Business Development.
A statement from the Head, Corporate Communications Department of the Bank, Idris Salihu said Abubakar is taking over from Muhammad Nurul Islam, whose two-year contract ends on the 17th of November, 2015.
Salihu said the Board expressed gratitude to Islam for his innumerable contributions towards the growth and success of Jaiz Bank Plc in the last two years.
Nurul Islam joined Jaiz Bank in November 2013 and turned it around from a negative balance-sheet to a positive result in 2014. “He came in on a Technical Agreement Jaiz Bank has with the Islamic Bank of Bangladesh to train and put the staff of Jaiz Bank through Islamic Banking because of their long experience in the subsector” the statement said.
Jaiz Bank is now operating in 21 locations from the 10 locations he met. Under Islam’s leadership, Jaiz also obtained Approval-in-Principle for a license from the Central Bank of Nigeria to operate nationwide.

Islamic Finance: Ushering in a New Era of Growth for Africa

Markets across Africa now offer a world of exciting growth opportunities, with experts projecting that 7 out of the 10 fastest growing economies in the world will be in Africa. Djibouti is rapidly becoming an important hub for Islamic finance in Africa, with strong support coming from the President.
The Central Bank of Djibouti is leading the way in terms of driving the practical legal and regulatory framework. Djibouti's strong commitment to Islamic finance is further cemented by its drive to connect with memberships in important international industry organizations, such as the Islamic Financial Services Board and the General Council for Islamic Banks and Financial Institutions.

Making Islamic microfinance happen

Professor Badr El Din A. Ibrahim, President of the Microfinance Unit at the Central Bank of Sudan, discusses ways to implement Shari'ah-compliant microfinance. There are some options to introduce it in the existing conventional microfinance institutions (MFIs). Hence, separate windows for conventional MFIs, not banks, are necessary to extend interest-free finance. Challenges for the Islamic windows-based business model are Shari'ah compliance and the need for changing regulatory requirements to allow for this model. The choice of Islamic windows requires raising new capital exclusively for the window.

IRTI launches Islamic Social Finance Report 2015

The Islamic Research and Training Institute (IRTI) of the Islamic Development Bank Group has launched the Islamic Social Finance Report 2015, which is the second edition in the series. This edition of the ISFR focuses on the Sub-Saharan Africa, outlining the regional trends and prospects as well as proposing policy recommendations for the Islamic social finance sector, which includes zakah, waqf and Islamic microfinance. It analyzed the regulatory environments and practices in six selected countries, namely Sudan, Nigeria, Kenya, Mauritius, South Africa and Tanzania.

‘Islamic banking windows can benefit everybody’

Ambassador Adamu Babangida Ibrahim, a banker, has served as Nigerian Ambassador to the Syrian Arab Republic and the Republic of Guinea. Ambassador Ibrahim is the pioneer Director-General, Jaiz Charity and Development Foundation, a charity arm of the Jaiz Bank. Jaiz Foundation uses the income that the bank cannot recognise under their profit and loss as Halal income for charity purposes. These monies are supposed to be used for charity and development purposes for interventions, especially in the poor and underserved people for economic empowerment, for intervention in health, education and so forth.

‘Islamic banks facing identity crisis’

Islamic banking has gradually been making inroads into the Nigerian banking system. But as a renowned Islamic finance and risk management expert and Registrar of the Islamic Institute of Accounting and Finance in Nigeria (IIAF), Dr. Busari Shaamsuddeen Akande said, there are grey areas in the strict practice of Islamic banking. Islamic banks, Dr Akande asserts, suffer from an identity crisis in practising the system. He delivered the paper titled, “Ethical Challenges and Product Innovation Crisis for Islamic Banks”at the South-South Summit on Islamic banking. The underlying fact of the paper is that the major crisis is that Islamic banking products are modelled after existing conventional bank products.

FNB targets Islamic banking on continent

First National Bank (FNB) is looking to expand its Islamic banking offering to Zambia and Tanzania before the end of its financial year in June next year. FNB, which has been on an expansion phase in select countries in the rest of Africa, is looking to use the Islamic banking offering to capture clients, especially in those countries that have big Muslim communities. Amman Muhammad, the CEO of FNB Islamic Banking, said that in sub-Saharan Africa there were about 280-million Muslim people and the FirstRand group had a presence in countries that had about 200-million Muslims. The bank already offers Islamic banking in Botswana.

First Islamic Investment Fund launched in Kumasi

An Islamic Investment Fund has been launched in Kumasi with the objective of reviving economic activities within Muslim communities. The Shari’a complaint financial system is to mobilize funds from the Muslim Ummah for development, whilst creating jobs for the teeming youth in need of jobs. The Fund is initiated by the Ahlussunna WalJama’a Ashanti Regional Imam (ASWAJ) to offer “ethical investment” tools to investors seeking to invest in profitable “halal” business ventures which have minimal risk but good potential for growth. A Gh100,000 is to be raised in the initial public offering of 200 shares at a share value of Gh500 per share.

Promising future for Islamic banking in Ghana

The opening of the Islamic financial services (IFS) sector in Ghana is expected to create new financing and lending opportunities in the coming years, with sharia-compliant banking offering particular potential in the retail and small and medium-sized enterprise segments. In Ghana there is currently just one sharia-compliant financial institution – Ghana Islamic Microfinance, which began as an NGO – though there is significant scope for growth. The Bank of Ghana (BoG) may be preparing to issue the country’s first licence for a sharia-compliant bank in late 2015 or early 2016, with an accompanying reform to the regulatory framework also expected to be implemented.

Djibouti to host International Islamic Banking Summit

The International Islamic Banking Summit Africa will take place on November 4-5 in Djibouti. The conference will convene international industry leaders to boost economic development and facilitate greater trade and investment flows between Africa and the OIC markets through Islamic finance. It has a format spread over 2 days and will be officially inaugurated on the 4th of November with special keynote addresses by Ahmed Othman, Governor of the Central Bank of Djibouti; Abdelrahman Hassan Abdelrahman Hashim, Governor, Central Bank of Sudan; and Ijlal Alvi, Chief Executive Officer, The International Islamic Financial Market (IIFM).

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