Accounting and Auditing Organisation for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI)

Industry body #AAOIFI plans #standards for Islamic endowments

The Accounting and Auditing Organisation for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI) will develop a package of standards covering Islamic endowments or awqaf. AAOIFI did not give a time frame for the completion of its awqaf standards, but said its board had discussed and approved specifications regarding the accounting standards. The plans are part of wider industry efforts to modernise awqaf, which receive donations to operate specific social projects, such as mosques, schools and welfare schemes. Most awqaf do not disclose full financial figures, although their underperformance is believed to be considerable. In India, awqaf are estimated to own 490,000 properties but their estimated annual income is just 1.63 billion rupees ($25.22 million.)

Deadline for comments on #AAOIFI #Sukuk Exposure Draft set for 31 March

The Auditing Organisation for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI) has published the exposure draft of the accounting standard on Sukuk and invites feedback from the Islamic finance industry. The objective of the standard is to prescribe the accounting and financial reporting guidance for the accounting treatment and classification with regard to the Sukuk issuance. It also covers the presentation and disclosure of Sukuk issuance. It provides principle-based accounting treatments for broadly two types of Sukuk issuance, off balance sheet and on balancesheet as well as respective subcategories. Comments on the exposure draft are welcome and should be directed no later than 31 March 2017 to accounting@aaoifi.com. Comments and suggestions will be presented in an upcoming meeting to discuss and make necessary changes to the standard.

Islamic finance aims for easier #sukuk investment with proposed new #standards

Two standard-setting bodies are proposing new guidelines for sukuk that would make them more transparent and easier to structure. The Accounting and Auditing Organisation for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI) published draft accounting standards for sukuk. It clarifies how sukuk should be treated on balance sheets and which information issuers should disclose. The AAOIFI said it had also formed a working group to overhaul its sharia standards for sukuk. Last year, the Malaysia-based Islamic Financial Services Board (IFSB) drafted its own guidelines for disclosure related to Islamic capital market products. Aligning the market around common standards and requiring all issuers to disclose the same information could increase investment in sukuk.

Islamic finance body AAOIFI seeks to update guidance on #murabaha contracts

The Bahrain-based Accounting and Auditing Organisation for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI) has issued a draft standard on murabaha to update guidance on the most common financing tool used by Islamic banks. AAOIFI is conducting a wide review of its standards to encourage convergence of industry practices and increase consumer appeal. The proposed standard would supercede two earlier ones on murabaha. It would also cover new areas such as the accounting treatment on the liability side of a murabaha transaction. AAOIFI is seeking industry feedback on the draft until the end of March, aiming to make the final version effective from January 2019.

Islamic finance body drafts new #standard for centralised sharia boards

A global body for Islamic finance has issued a draft standard on centralized sharia boards, aiming to improve corporate governance in the industry. The proposed rules come at a time when Islamic banks are trying to widen their appeal in the Middle East and Southeast Asia, while opening up entirely new markets in Africa. The Accounting and Auditing Organisation for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI) is seeking industry feedback on the proposed standard until the end of February. AAOIFI said the standard would encourage convergence of industry practices by avoiding contradictory rulings and fostering consistency across products and services. While the standard does not prescribe term limits for scholars, it does require sharia boards to implement a rotation policy for its members while including members with expertise in areas such as accounting and law.

AAOIFI Shari'ah Board Adopts New Shari'ah #Standards on (Gold) and (Liability of Investment Manager)

The Shari’ah Board of AAOIFI held its annual meeting from 17 to 19 November 2016 in the Kingdom of Bahrain. The meeting was concluded with issuance of a number of resolutions as well as the adoption of two new Shari'ah standards. The new standard on the Liability of Investment Manager defines the concepts of transgression and negligence and breach of contractual stipulations on the part of the investment manager. The standard also sets out the Shari'ah rulings pertaining to investment manager's liability or volunteering to bear liability. AAOIFI has also approved a new standard on Gold and it Trading Controls. The standard will be officially launched at a press conference whose date will be announced shortly. It will also be published together with other standards in the new edition of AAOIFI's standards.

Draft of Sharia standard on #gold trading in public domain

A worldwide Sharia standard for bullion trading is moving closer to realisation. An exposure draft has been brought out and placed before the wider public for possible feedback. It was the Accounting and Auditing Organisation for Islamic Financial Institutions that adopted the exposure draft. This was the result of preparatory work and extensive consultations. The General Secretariat was tasked with inviting the opinions of scholars and experts to probe the depth of the exposure draft and its inclusion of relevant technical aspects and issues faced by practitioners in the industry.

Islamic finance body AAOIFI looks to finalise new standards by yr-end

The Accounting and Auditing Organisation for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI) plans to finalize several new standards by the end of the year. Bahrain-based AAOIFI has published a draft sharia standard for gold-based products with a one month consultation period ending on Nov. 9. AAOIFI's sharia board also discussed work on a new sharia standard covering credit cards, while a final draft of a sharia standard covering liability of investment managers would be issued during its next meeting. Standards for murabaha, sukuk and ijara are also underway with a working group expected to finalize them by the end of the year. A revision of the existing standard on sukuk will cover issues including the asset-backed and asset-based nature of sukuk, capital boosting instruments, beneficial ownership and non-viability clauses.

AAOIFI to convene its Annual Shari'a Conference

Accounting and Auditing Organisation for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI) will arrange its Annual Shari'a Conference on 7 and 8 May 2012 in Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain. The conference will be held under the patronage of the Central Bank of Bahrain.
The conference represents a part of AAOIFI's consultation with the industry to help its standard-setting efforts.
Some of the topics that will be discussed at the conference include Shari'a compliance and supervision processes, continuing development of Islamic financial and capital markets, legal issues in Islamic finance, potential areas for further growth of Islamic finance, and development of human capital resources in Islamic finance.

Islamic finance accounting changes proposed

The Accounting and Auditing Organisation for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI) has suggested more specific accounting standards for real estate while increasing disclosure for Islamic banks’ investment accounts.
The move made by the Bahrain-based AAOIFI submits it is responding to the same kind of pressure to tighten standards that has been noticed in the conventional finance industry since the global financial crisis discharged in 2008.
Both suggestions were discussed at a public hearing for industry participants in Manama and there will be another hearing in Doha on April 12.

Amanie Advisors opens Egypt office

Amanie Advisors opened a new office in the Egyptian capital of Cairo, having as purpose to captalise on the considerable business potential in Egypt and North Africa advising bankers and fund managers.
Dr. Mohd Daud Bakar is administring the Amanie Advisors group.
Dr. Bakar is also the Chairman of Shariah Advisory Board of Central Bank of Malaysia and Securities Commission of Malaysia as well a member of Shariah board of the Accounting and Auditing Organisation for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI); Morgan Stanley (Dubai); Noor Islamic Bank and Takaful (Dubai); Bank of London and Middle East (London); and Jadwa-Rusell Islamic Funds (Riyad), amongst others.

Al Khaleej Takaful Group reports H1 profits down 11 per cent to QAR 57.02 million ($15.7 million)

Al Khaleej Takaful published the first results since the company took the decision to adopt the same accounting framework of Qatar Takaful Company, a subsidiary, which are the Financial Accounting Standards issued by the Accounting and Auditing Organisation for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI).
It seems that earnings per share fell to QAR 4.01 from QAR 4.51.

AAOIFI forum a big success

At this year's Accounting and Auditing Organisation for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI) annual conference came 400 delegates from more than 20 countries from as far afield as South Africa, North Africa, Asia and Europe.
Despite the recent unrest in the kingdom, the conference wasn't affected, it was a big success. The conference closed at the Gulf Hotel and AAOIFI will now carry out training workshops in Bahrain until Friday.

Rethink structure of sukuk says key study

It seems that islamic bonds are not perceived as positively as conventional debt markets.
That was the message from LAU assistant professor of finance Dr Rima Turk Ariss, who was speaking on the sidelines of the fourth Accounting and Auditing Organisation for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI) conference at the Crowne Plaza.

Russia Islamic finance push is probed

As part of its efforts to promote Islamic finance around the world, the Accounting and Auditing Organisation for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI) secretary-general Dr Mohamad Nedal Alchaar, and the Grand Mufti of the Shura Council of Russian Muftis, met in Moscow with the Russian Association of Experts in Islamic Finance.
The purpose of the meeting was to enhance the prospects of the development of Islamic financial institutions and products in Russia and the application of AAOIFI standards to regulate them.
Dr Alchaar highlighted the importance of establishing a suitable legal and regulatory environment to help accommodate and promote the Islamic financial industry in Russia, noting that the Islamic sukuks in particular have a promising market in the Russian economy.

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Key Islamic finance standards published

Accounting and Auditing Organisation for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI), the international standard-setting organisation for Islamic finance, has published its new standards publications. It is entitled Sharia Standards 2010 and Accounting, Auditing, and Governance Standards 2010. The Sharia Standards 2010 publication contains 41 Sharia standards including 11 new standards.

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