Indonesian Government Raises $1.5 Billion From Sukuk Sale

The Finance Ministry raised Rp 14.9 trillion ($1.5 billion) from the sale of rupiah-denominated Islamic bonds to Indonesian citizens on Monday. The sale of the Shariah-compliant sukuk notes is intended to plug its budget deficit but also to spur growth in the Islamic finance sector in the country. The sukuk is called Sukuk Retail Indonesia (Sukri) and was sold to retail investors. Indonesia also plans to sell dollar-denominated sukuk and conventional bonds this year.