BSP to strengthen Islamic banking

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is planning to open up the its rediscounting window to sharia lending entities, essentially a mechanism that allows lenders to exchange their loan receivables for cash but at a discount, effectively giving them cash that they then use to turn around and give even more loans. The sharia rediscounting window forms part of a larger effort to achieve an inclusive financial system that delivers financial services not only to the unbanked but also to the Muslim community. Moreover, the BSP is preparing to draft new rules for the BSP to extend its financial services to Islamic banks that are in accordance with the provisions of Islamic banking. The draft bill has already been submitted to the Senate and the House of Representatives.