Europe

Qatar Islamic Bank studies expansion into Egypt and Turkey

Matthew Martin reported on 18 March that Qatar Islamic Bank (QIB) is evaluating opportunities to acquire a conventional Egyptian bank and convert it into an Islamic bank, and is also applying for a banking licence in Turkey.
Qatar Islamic Bank will likely follow its strategy of independent brands, like before in regard to European Finance House in London, Asian Finance House in Malaysia and Arab Finance House in Lebanon.

Source: meed.com

Takaful help Prudential to make as much profit in Asia as in UK

The Guardian reported on 17th March about the takaful business of Prudential. Prudential is looking to expand into Egypt as the executive who runs the insurer's fast-growing Asian business seeks other markets with scope for rapid growth, like before Indonesia, where 25% of all sales in the fourth quarter of 2007 were sharia-compliant products.

Figures on Friday showed that profits of the Pru's Asian operations broke through £1bn for the first time in 2007 and now match the profits achieved by the insurer's traditional UK operations.

Stowe is already responsible for 13 countries. In India, he believes Pru can soon overtake the state-owned insurer that occupies the number-one slot in the country.

Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2008/mar/17/islamicfinance.insurance?gus...

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Denmark: Islamic Mortgages

Three local banks in the Jutland region of Denmark have agreed to offer mortgage loans that comply with Islamic laws.
The bank owns the property until the terms of the lease, typically a 30-year agreement, are completed. The three banks -- Sparekassen Farsø, Sparekassen Vendsyssel and Sparekassen Hobro -- with cooperation of a fourth -- Den Jyske Sparekasse -- created a company to handle the new Amanah Kredit mortgages. Niels Mogaard, director of Amanah, said the arrangements were already in use, especially in the city of Aalborg, the Copenhagen Post reported.

source: http://www.upi.com/NewsTrack/Business/2008/03/12/danish_banks_to_comply_...

German: Vortrag - Ansätze in Europa zur finanziellen Einbindung von Muslimen

Der Vortrag zeigt vergleichsweise die Grösse und die Spezika des deutschen im Vergleich zum britischen Finanzmarkt für Muslime auf. Desweiteren werden Produktvorschläge, welche die Zielgruppe in Deutschland benötigt und Schlüsselbegriffe des Islamic finance erläutert. Ziel von Islamic finance ist somit die finanzielle Einbindung von Muslimen in Deutschland (financial inclusion).

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