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France seeks Islamic financial system

The laicist French government seeks to make amendments to laws improving Islamic finance investors access to France. Although a relevant draft law was turned down by the Constitutional Council in form, but not in content, French Minister of Economy, Industry and Employment Christine Lagrade made it certain that the government would work further. The French minister's advisor Thierry Dissaux told KUNA that the government would introduce amendments to French legal and tax systems in order to match Islamic financial principles.

According to recent studies, Islamic financial investments in France are estimated at roughly USD 120 billion.

Talal al-Kandari reported on Kuna.

Islamic banks outperform non-Islamic banks in UAE quality bank benchmarking study

Seven Islamic banks were included in this year's study which tested the service quality performance of 27 banks across the UAE. Five of the seven Islamic banks included claimed a place within the top 10 performance ranking table.

Bank Islam taps into IPO business

Bank Islam Malaysia Bhd is expanding its corporate investment banking business to include initial public offerings (IPOs) as part of its expansion drive.

Islamic finance looks attractive to shipping industry

Islamic finance in the GCC is emerging as a credible alternative source of ship finance.

7th IFSB Summit: "Global Financial Architecture: Challenges for Islamic Finance"

The Islamic Financial Services Board (IFSB) is organising its 7th Summit on 4 - 5 May 2010 in Manama, Bahrain. The Central Bank of Bahrain is hosting the Summit, which is themed: "Global Financial Architecture: Challenges for Islamic Finance".

Why CSR is important for businesses in Bangladesh

Concepts of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and its practices in Bangladesh have a long history of philanthropic activities from time immemorial.

In general, it is true that in Bangladesh, the status of labour rights practices, environmental management and transparency in corporate governance are not satisfactory, largely due to poor enforcement of existing laws and inadequate pressure from civil society and interest groups like consumer forums.

A focus on CSR in Bangladesh would be useful, not only for improving corporate governance, labour rights, work place safety, fair treatment of workers, community development and environment management, but also for industrialisation and ensuring global market access.

Dubai Bank signs MoU with Community Development Authority

Dubai Bank announced today the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Community Development Authority (CDA). The MoU marks a significant step forward in the bank's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme, and is in line with its commitment to support educational causes through its CSR activities.

Saudi Al Jazira Bank Q4 loss up, ANB profit falls

Saudi's Al Jazira Bank widened its losses for the fourth quarter by 189 percent while smaller rival Arab National Bank saw net profit falling 31.8 percent, the lenders said.

ADIH starts work on $400m Indian project

Abu Dhabi Investment House (ADIH) has begun enabling works and site facilities for its $400 million India Entertainment City (IEC) development in Navi Mumbai.

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.

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