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Wade urges Islamic banks to fight poverty

Bank - The Senegalese president, Abdoulaye Wade, on Monday in Dakar urged Islamic banks to help fight poverty in Islamic or predominantly Muslim countries.

Aston Business School launches first Islamic finance centre in Europe

Aston Business School in Birmingham, UK launched an Islamic Finance and Business Centre – the first of its kind in Europe.

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Calling Islamic financial institutions to become member of the United Nations Finance Initiative

IslamicFinance.de is calling Islamic financial institutions to become member of the UNEP Finance Inititiave to learn and contribute to international best practice in ethical and faith based finance:

"UNEP FI is a global partnership between UNEP and the financial sector. Over 180 institutions, including banks, insurers and fund managers, work with UNEP to understand the impacts of environmental and social considerations on financial performance."

membership information package:
http://www.unepfi.org/fileadmin/forms/MembershipInformationPack.pdf

Dubai Islamic Bank says no deposit withdrawals -TV

Dubai Islamic Bank DISB.DU has not witnessed any significant withdrawals by despositors after news of Dubai World restructuring shook global markets, the lender's financial chief said on Tuesday.

Ajman Bank Appoints Head of Finance Division

Ajman Bank, the emirate’s first Islamic commercial bank, has officially announced the appointment of their new Head of Finance Division, Seifeldin Abdelkareem. With a career in the financial field spanning twenty eight years, Abdelkareem has a multitude of experience to contribute as new Head of Finance.

Investment Dar Receives Support and approval of more than 2/3 of the Banks and investors for the Restructuring Plan

The Investment Dar Co. K.S.C.C. ("TID") and the Coordinating Committee of banks and investors ("Coordinating Committee") of TID and the Investment Dar Bank ("IDB") are pleased to announce that they have received the support of over 2/3 of TID and IDB banks and investors for the restructuring plan presented in Kuwait City and Dubai on November 24 and 25. As a result, TID and the Coordinating Committee are proceeding with the final implementation of the proposed restructuring plan and are aiming to complete this process as quickly as possible.

GCC Infrastructure Projects Need New Fund Sources

Infrastructure spending is still a major growth driver in the Gulf Co-operation Council countries, with current projects valued at a whopping $2.6 trillion, but alternative funding schemes need to be explored as the global economic crisis is stifling commercial lenders, experts said.

Adoption of Shariah Standards Issued by Accounting and Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI)

In order to standardize and harmonize Shariah compliance mechanism in IBIs, it has been decided that above AAOIFI
Shariah Standards are adopted in Pakistan. In the first phase, AAOIFI’s Shariah Standards No.3 (Default in Payment by a Debtor), No.8 (Murabaha to the Purchase Orderer), No.9 (Ijarah & Ijarah Muntahia Bittamleek) and No.13 (Mudaraba) have been reviewed and are hereby adopted for IBIs in Pakistan. The adoption of these Standards shall, however, be subject to certain clarifications and amendments as given in the attached Appendix- A. IBIs are also advised to be prepared for adoption of other AAOIFI’s Shariah Standards in next phases.

Proclamation of Al Baraka Bank Syria and the Election of its First Board of Directors

The Constituent General Meeting of Al Baraka Bank Syria was held in Damascus on 16 December 2009 in the presence of the founding shareholders or their representatives and representatives from the Ministry of Economy and Commerce, Central Bank of Syria, the Commission for Securities and Financial Markets and other representatives of concerned public authorities and bodies.

IDB co-operates with UN for food aid

A UN Food Agency is co-operating with Islamic Development Bank (IDB) to help advance agriculture in poor countries.

KFH: ‘No legally binding’ pact to buy YNH's RM920mil property

Kuwait Finance House (M) Bhd (KFH) has refuted YNH Property Bhd’s claim that it is in a legally binding agreement with the latter and can be made liable for backing out of a deal to purchase Menara YNH, a 45-storey office tower worth RM920mil.

Gulf Finance House forms new investment banking division (GFH Capital) and appoints Group Deputy CEO

Gulf Finance House (GFH), the leading Middle Eastern Islamic investment bank announced today that the Board has appointed Mr. Ted Pretty as Group Deputy CEO of the Bank.

Dubai sets up tribunal to settle Dubai World financial disputes

The ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, today announced the setting up of a tribunal to decide the disputes related to the settlement of the financial position of Dubai World and its units reported Bloomberg, citing a statement from his the ruler's press office.

OIC secretary general calls for concerted multilateral actions for knowledged based economies in Muslim countries

The Secretary-General of OIC, Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu has underscored the need for both inter-OIC cooperation and international partnership to enhance the popularization of knowledge-based economies in OIC countries.

World Bank for Islamic finance standardisation

The World Bank plans to support standard-setting bodies of the Islamic finance industry in turning their voluntary standards into binding banking regulations.

Tamkeen invests in Islamic banking professionals for the future

Bahrain's emergence as an Islamic banking hub has spurred Tamkeen to put in place an ambitious plan to train 130 Bahraini graduates in Islamic finance and business accounting.

Islamic and Conventional Banks in the GCC: How Did They Fare?

Excerpt from the IMF report
"Which group of banks is better-positioned to withstand adverse shocks?
With larger capital and liquidity buffers, Islamic banks are better-positioned to withstand adverse market or
credit shocks. On average, Islamic banks’ capital adequacy ratio (CAR) in the GCC is higher than that for
conventional banks (except in the United Arab Emirates). The risk-sharing aspect of Shariah-compliant
contracts adds to this buffer as banks are able to pass on losses to investors."

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Full Text for free download.

Islamic Finance in North America

Yasaar media published a new report called Islamic Finance in North America 2009 for free download, which is co-published by Codexa Capital, UM Financial Group, King & Spalding, and Doha Islamic.

According to the report Islamic finance in North America has developed along two quite separate paths:

  • The first path focuses on retail Islamic finance and centres mostly on home financing products and credit cards.
  • The second path involves a number of high profile GCC-based Islamic investment banks and their deployment of hundreds of millions of dollars in private equity and real estate developments in North America.

Read the full report for free at the link below.

New consultancy founded "Quantis"

Quantis was founded recently to provide expertise in responsible Islamic finance combined with quantitative methods by Marwan Muhammad and others.

http://www.quantislam.com

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