ICD, the private sector arm of the Islamic Development Bank Group (“IDB”) cooperates with Coris Bank International to launch Islamic windows

The Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD) and Coris Bank International have entered into a Joint Strategic Collaboration to establish Islamic windows. ICD is assisting Coris Bank International’s subsidiaries in launching four dedicated Islamic windows in Cote d’Ivoire, Mali, Senegal and Benin. The advisory agreement was signed by the CEO of ICD, Mr. Khaled Al Aboodi and Mr. Idrissa Nassa, CEO and Chairman of Coris Bank International. Mr. Nassa stated that the signature of this advisory agreement with ICD aims to achieve the bank's objectives. The current strategy of the group is to implement an Islamic Window in all its banking network. In midterm the group aspires to create sharia compliant subsidiaries.

Islamic Development Bank to fund education sector projects in Benin

The Islamic Development Bank (BID) has given Benin 216.4 million U.S. dollars to support development projects in the higher education sector and an integrated micro-finance program. The first part of the BID aid of about 166.4 million dollars will be spent on funding development projects in the higher education sector. The other 50 million dollars will support the integrated micro-finance program. The program aims to contribute to the improvement of living conditions for rural communities in Benin. It will help to increase access to funding for small scale traders and reinforce capacities of micro-finance institutions, among others. The latest aid brings BID’s total funding to Benin to around 824 million dollars.

Benin: Cotonou to hold 'Islamic Development Bank days'

Cotonou will hold a two-day 'Islamic Development Bank (IDB) days' from Tuesday to strengthen cooperation between the bank and Beninese public and private stakeholders. The event aims particularly at familiarizing the Beninese public and private stakeholders with the different policies and actions implemented by the IDB group in the country. The assistance covers various areas such as education, health, agriculture, infrastructure and environment. For this year, the bank's projects include a the Tovegbamè bridge for which US$9 million has been approved and US$120 million for a basic education project. The bank will also give technical assistance and donations to flood victims in Benin.

Islamic body to open banks in Mali, Benin

Two new Islamic banks are planned to be opened in Mali and Benin by the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD). The openings are scheduled for next year. The initiative is part of the efforts to expand the industry's consumer base in Africa. According to Khaled Al-Aboodi, the development of Islamic banking in Africa is more important in terms of supplies than in terms of the potentially massive demand. ICD further intends to establish Islamic financial institutions including banks and takaful insurers in Africa. The established in 2009 Tamweel Africa Holding (TAH) is to contribute to the establishment, acquisition and management of Islamic financial institutions in West Africa.

ICD to open two new Islamic banks in Africa

The Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD) considers opening two new Islamic banks in the countroes of Mali and Benin in the coming year. This was announced by the CEO of the ICD - H.E. Khaled Mohammed Al-Aboodi - at the Islamic Banking Summit Africa in Djibouti. This way, Islamic financial services can be provided in a greatly underserved area. Furthermore, the corporation intends to issue a $200 million Sukuk which is to serve the Government of Senegal to provide liquid Islamic products for Islamic banks.

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