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Seminar Islamic finance opportunities in the Netherlands

Islamic finance is gaining ground in various jurisdictions, including the Netherlands. To fully benefit from the (inter)national opportunities Islamic finance has to offer, active government support, as seen in the UK, France and Luxembourg, is a must to further develop this form of sustainable financing.

The purpose of this seminar is to further discuss the opportunities, issues and challenges of Islamic finance.

Chairman of the seminar will be Salim Rabbani, chairman of the Netherlands-Middle East Business Council.

16:00 – 16:30 Welcome reception and registration
16:30 – 17:00 David Testa, CEO of Gatehouse Bank, elaborating on Islamic finance opportunities in Europe.
17:00 – 17:30 Kees Hooft and Niels Muller, heading Loyens & Loeff's Islamic finance team, discussing the Dutch tax and legal aspects of Islamic finance.

JAK School in English, 7-9 August, Malmo, Sweden

We are planning a JAK School in English in the summer 2009, between the 7th and the 9th of
August in Malmö, south of Sweden. It will be the first JAK School in English and we want to
make it a meeting point between JAK members who are working in the international
spreading of our ideas and people from abroad who have created (or would like to create)
other interest-free projects.

The programme and more details about the JAK School in English would be published in our
webpage and in the next issue of this newsletter. But you can already send your application if
you want to participate. Write us an e-mail to with your name, contact
details and the project in which you are involved in at your home country. We have limited
places: 15 guests from abroad, 10 guests from Sweden.

JAK School in English is free (including accommodation and maintenance) but the travel
should be fixed by the participants themselves.

Faith in Capitalism - 16th June 2009, 09:30 – 12:30, London

16th June 2009, 09:30 – 12:30
Islamic Cultural Centre - London Central Mosque, Regents
Park, London

Faith in Capitalism
A ground-breaking conference for financial representatives
of faith institutions and thoughtful investment management

Increasing awareness of the social impact of investment is
driving many thoughtful investors, especially private
clients, family offices, endowment funds and those having
strong faith values, towards a new philosophy of “Making
money and stewarding it responsibly”.

The morning’s presentations will include a Keynote Address
on “Faith in Capitalism” and panel discussions debating
“What does faith tell us about responsible investing?” and
“How can investors do good while making money?”

Do not miss this exceptional opportunity to gain a fresh,
inspirational perspective from renowned experts on
faith-based and sustainable investing. The conference will
be open to questions and comments from the audience, and
promises to be a uniquely informative event with
unprecedented opportunities for networking. There is no
charge to attend, thanks to the following sponsors:

Forum African de la Finance Islamique, Avril 1 et 2 2009

Isla Invest Consulting, the first french advisory services compagy is
going to organize the second edition of FAFI, the african islamic
finance forum in Casablanca, 1 and 2 April 2009 in Casablanca, Morocoo.

More details in french:

Crise financière & finance islamique, quelles perspectives pour l'Afrique ?

La Place de Paris a adopté, au cours des six derniers mois, des
mesures censées lui permettre de devenir le « hub » de la finance
islamique en Europe et d'être aussi compétitive que la place de Londres.

Trois mesures phares ont été adoptées en 2008 :
- Conditions de la cotation de sukuk sur Euronext - Paris
- Neutralité fiscale des opérations de murabaha
- Déductibilité fiscale de la rémunération versée au titre des sukuk

Elles complètent la recommandation de l'AMF de juillet 2007 concernant
les OPCVM Islamiques.

7th International Conference on "Zakat and Waqf Economy"

Venue and Sponsor: The Faculty of Economics, Universiti Kebangsaan, Malaysia
Date: January 6-7, 2010
Deadlines: Abstract July 31, 2009 (electronic submission), completed paper October 31st, 2009.


1) Prof Abdul Ghaffar Ismail,
2) Prof Masudul Alam Choudhury, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman,

USA: Panel Discussion - The Evolution of the Global Financial System from the Current Crisis

Monday, March 16, 2009
3:30 to 5:30 pm
Pound Hall 335, Harvard Law School
Confirmed panellists: Samuel L. Hayes, Baber Johansen, E. Roger Owen, Aamir A. Rehman

More details:

Islamic Finance: Opportunities in the Swiss Market - in German

Wachstumschancen für schweizer Finanzdienstleister in der Finanzkrise

Islamic Finance ist trotz oder gerade wegen der Finanzkrise der Wachstumsmarkt schlechtin. Schweizer Finanzdienstleister haben in den letzten zwei Jahren ihre Onshore-Präsenz in der arabischen Welt signifikant erhöht. Nun gilt es, bestehende Angebote intelligent um Schariah-konforme Produkte zu ergänzen und dadurch das stark gestiegene Bedürfnis vieler Muslime nach Islamischen Finanzprodukten zu adressieren. Schweizer Institute verfügen hier aufgrund ihrer guten Reputation in der Region über ausgezeichnete Voraussetzungen, mit "Swiss Islamic Banking" eine nennenswerte Position in diesem viel versprecenden Wachstumsmarkt einzunehmen.

19. März 2009 - Zürich, Metropol.

Islamic Finance Conference - Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

A range of international speakers representing Gulf funds and Malaysian institutions will take part in Scotland's first Islamic Finance Conference, which will be held jointly by the Islamic Finance Council and Scottish Financial Enterprise, and hosted by Tods Murray LLP.

The event is primarily aimed at fund managers. Speakers include Datuk Noripah Kamso (CEO CIMB Islamic, Malaysia), N. Tariq Shaikh (Managing Partner RHT partners, Dubai), Iqbal Asaria (MD Amiri Capital, London) and Lord Sheikh (Chairman Camberford Law).

To book:

Event details:
Date:2 Apr 2009
Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Venue: Tods Murray LLP, Edinburgh Quay, 133 Fountainbridge, Edinburgh
Open to: Members Only
Cost: Free attendance

World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists

Location: Abu Dhabi, UAE
Date: 22, 23 March 2009

The World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists (WCMP) is the premier community of individual donors and foundations of Muslim heritage, established to promote informed and effective giving.

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