Saudi Arabia

Nigeria/IDB: Nigeria to Host IDB Business Forum

The Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Group, based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, will be hosting a two-day business forum under the title “IDB Group-Nigeria Business Forum” in cooperation with the Federal Ministry of Finance of Nigeria and the Nigerian National Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC).
The objective of the Business Forum, planned to be held during the period from 15-16 March 2012, at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, is to make the Nigerian public mre sensitive and underline the products and services being provided by the IDB Group, including eligibility criteria, modes of financing, terms and conditions of financing, procurement, and other operational matters.

Nigeria to Host Islamic Development Bank Group Business Forum

The Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Group, based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, will host a two day business forum under the title "IsDB Group-Nigeria Business Forum" in cooperation with the Federal Ministry of Finance of Nigeria and the Nigerian National Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC).
The event will be held during the period from 15-16 March 2012, at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja. Its objective is to sensitize the Nigerian public and highlight the products and services being offered by the IsDB Group, including eligibility criteria, modes of financing, terms and conditions of financing, procurement, and other operational matters.

Saudi market eyes strong year after sukuk success

The success of Saudi Arabia’s first government-backed Islamic bond issue, and the dairy company Almarai’s planned sukuk, will set the stage for what will probably be one of the kingdom’s strongest years for Islamic bonds.
The Almarai bond plus the four as-yet-unannounced sukuk issues that HSBC is also preparing, would total “multiple billions” of Saudi riyals. Saudi Arabia’s government is encouraging the current expansion of the sukuk market.
According to Khalid Howladar, an analyst with Moody’s Investment in Dubai and Fahad al-Saif, the HSBC sukuk developer, by issuing government-backed sukuks, Saudi Arabia also is trying to expand the capacity of its capital markets.

Saudi Arabia's cenbank, CMA to coordinate supervision

Saudi Arabia's central bank will have a bigger role in the supervision of the country's financial sector as the kingdom weighs opening up its stock market to direct investments by foreigners.
The country's Capital Market Authority (CMA) signed a cooperation agreement with the central bank or Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA) to coordinate supervision of the financial sector in order to improve its stability.
According to the agreement, the two entities will work together in the supervision of corporate governance, risk management measures, initial public offerings (IPOs), sukuk issuance and merger and acquisition regulations as well as the exchange of information.

Saudi Arabia Issues Its First Sovereign Islamic Bond

Saudi Arabia launched its first government-backed Islamic bond this week, for its aviation agency, establishing a benchmark for pricing of conventional and Islamic bond issues this year because of its size.
At $4 billion, it was the largest sukuk ever issued within the kingdom. The sukuk, guaranteed by the Saudi Ministry of Finance, was oversubscribed three times, and the Saudi General Authority for Civil Aviation will use the proceeds to finance the expansion of King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jidda.
The 10-year sukuk was sold in the domestic market, available only to Saudis.

Credit Agricole Has Two Mandates for Saudi Sukuk, Eedle Says

Credit Agricole SA (ACA) has two mandates to administer Islamic bond sales in Saudi Arabia. The statement was given by c the bank's global head of Islamic banking.
He added the fact that one of the issues will be denominated in U.S. dollars.

Saudi proposal for GCC Consumer Protection Council gets approval

A major GCC workshop on consumer protection has authorized Saudi Arabia’s proposal to set up Supreme Council for Consumer Protection in the GCC states. According to Dr. Nasser Al-Tuwaim, chairman of the Saudi Consumer Protection Association (CPA), the recommendations of the workshop, recently concluded in Doha, will be introduced to the next summit meeting of the Supreme Council of GCC leaders for approval.
Al-Tuwaim made the proposals while addressing the workshop on best practices to distinguish between original and counterfeit products that closed in Doha. The four-day event was set up by the Consumer Protection Department (CPD) under the Qatari Ministry of Business and Trade.

Malaysian global asset manager establishes first-in-class fund platform in Ireland

Ireland has conducted its first Malaysian-managed fund platform. The Central Bank of Ireland has approved the establishment of CIMB-Principal Islamic Asset Management (Ireland) Public Limited: a joint venture between Kuala Lumpur headquartered CIMB Group and Principal Global Investors.
The newly created joint venture will uphold a range of international Islamic funds on the platform from its Dublin domicile. Three equity UCITS are being registered: Islamic Global Emerging Markets Fund; Islamic Asia-Pacific ex-Japan Fund, and Islamic ASEAN Equity Fund.
Once registered the funds will be spread in the UK, Switzerland, Germany, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Singapore.

Islamic Finance in Africa to take off in 2012

Islamic finance banking options are progressively being seen as a viable alternative to traditional banking services in Africa and are growing to found not only the African Islamic community but all those searching for an interest-free banking alternative.
Key speakers from Nigeria, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia will join leading South African experts from ABSA, alBaraka Bank, KPMG and other financial institutions in the Islamic Finance Africa Conference that will take place on 21 - 24 February 2012 in South Africa.

Saudi private sector warms to ICIEC's export credit and political risk insurance services

Saudi Arabia is the largest beneficiary of the services of the Jeddah-based Islamic Corporation for the Insurance of Export Credits and Investment (ICIEC), the standalone export credit agency (ECA) of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Group.
The request for political risk insurance (PRI) is strongly increasing and PRI supply by members of the Bern Union is remaining strong and pricing is reflecting a buyer's market. It seems that in the MENA countries, this includes demand for Shariah-compliant PRI which has increased significantly.

Saudi Sukuk analysis

Saudi Arabia has the largest population, GDP and oil reserves in the GCC region and is strategically and militarily important on both a regional and global scale. Despite all this, unlike its neighbors the UAE or Bahrain, Saudi Arabia is not a culturally or economically-welcoming place for international business and as such much of Saudi Arabia’s non-oil related business is an internal market.
The country has given birth to some monumental Sukuk over the last few years, like the 20-year $2.1bn Saudi Basic Industries Corporation issue of 2007.
Most of the Sukuk issued have been for internal consumption.

Saudi Arabia to Issue Innovative Riyal Sukuk By Early 2012

It seems that Saudi Arabia is discussing with banks the issuing of a riyal-denominated Islamic bond. High-level talks are currently ongoing between the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (Sama) and a number of local and international banks with operations in the kingdom regarding the details, expecting an issue as early as the first quarter of next year.
The sukuk will not be launched directly by the government but will instead be marketed by either a governmental agency or a state fund.
The discussions with banks are focusing on the technicals of the issue, such as the tenor and whether the sukuk will have a fixed or floating profit rate.

Saudi in sukuk talks

Saudi Arabia is discussing with banks the possibility to launch a riyal-denominated Islamic bond, or sukuk as the kingdom abandons its aversion to sovereign-level debt to help build a local currency yield curve.
Talks are ongoing between the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency and local and international banks with operations in the kingdom, with an issue forseen in the first quarter of next year. The sukuk will be marketed by a governmental agency or a state fund.

Sukuk is the way to fund Jeddah’s $7.2 billion new airport; Saudi civil aviation is set to be on its own

Sukuk will fund the new $7.2 billion airport project that is anticipated to issue in Jeddah within two months, inspite of a four-week delay of works related to the project. The statement came from head of the General Authority of Civil Aviation in Saudi Arabia, Prince Fahd bin Abdullah bin Mohammed al-Saud.
He also added that there are plans to change the General Authority of Civil Aviation to a stock-holding company and it will constitute four companies, specializing in four departments including international airports, domestic airports, air navigation, technology transfer and information.

ICD poised to boost activity with SR1 billion SME fund

It seems that the private sector funding arm of the IDB Group, is entering a new strategy to take its financing directly to its constituencies and to make its financing impact more on the real economy through the generation of employment and promoting growth.
This contains opening regional offices; setting up two new departments at the ICD; launching more Ijara (leasing companies) in diverse markets such as Albania, Saudi Arabia and Algeria; establishing SME investment funds including a SR1 billion fund for Saudi Arabia; and establishing a mortgage finance company in Saudi Arabia in anticipation of the long-awaited mortgage law.

Saudi Arabia: Dar Al-Arkan gets approval for SR4bn fund

It appears that the Public Investment Fund (PIF) authorized SR4 billion financing facility for the Qasr Khozam development project of Dar Al-Arkan Real-Estate Development Company.
Tadawul website stated that this funding will contribute to the project by increasing the speed of the development operations and pushing ahead to the next phase of sending evacuation notifications, the compensation and transfer of ownership of the properties located in the project area.

$1 billion Islamic bond for Saudi Aramco-Total joint venture refinery oversubscribed 3.5 times

Saudi Aramco Total Refining and Petrochemicals Company stated that it has gathered $1 billion for its 400,000 barrel per day refinery project by selling an Islamic bond.
It added that sukuk is 3.5 times oversubscribed and matures in about 14 years.

Islamic Finance Forum convenes September 20 in Astana

The Second Annual Islamic Finance Forum will gather investors, borrowers and regulators in the same place to accomplish a better understanding of existing instruments of Islamic Finance and to find answers to problems encountered frequently in the course of doing business.
The forum delegates is amde of representatives from the Embassies of UAE, Malaysia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Russia, Kyrgyzstan and other countries.

Egypt Rekindles Interest in Islamic Finance

Egypt has renewed interest in the growing sector of Islamic banking and finance in an effort to rebuild the economy of the country using internal methods of financing.
Part of the country's pursuit will be to launch a sovereign Sukuk, or bond, program within months. It would be Egypt's first sovereign Sukuk, ahead of country states including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey and Jordan aditionally mature markets such as Great Britain and France.

MENA countries lead Sharia-compliant Takaful growth

At the recent International Takaful Summit 2011 the experts from Takaful stated that they expect to reach $12 billion by the end of this year.
Ernst & Young think that emerging markets will be the key actors leading Takaful’s growth.
Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Malaysia are currently the top three Takaful markets. They are followed by c, Bangladesh, Sudan, and Pakistan.

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