Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB)

Banks cannot charge fees on loan deferral says Central Bank of #Bahrain

The Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB) has clarified that no fees, except insurance, can be charged by lenders on the four-month loan deferral for Bahrainis and local companies. The regulator also said no late payment fees must be charged on credit cards’ outstanding balance due for payment this month. S&P noted that the measures carried out by the CBB have been effective so far. The measures include relaxation in prudential requirements and asking banks to defer instalments for six months, in a bid to help the private and retail sectors cope with the pandemic.

#Bahrain to launch compulsory risk regime for Islamic banks

The Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB) will publish a consultation on a proposed risk assessment framework for Islamic banks in the first quarter of 2018. Khalid Hamad Abdul-Rahman Hamad, director of banking supervision at CBB, said the bank was planning to issue a very detailed risk management toolkit to improve risk management practices taken by Islamic banks. Under the proposed new rules, banks are required to have proper reserves, be it profit equalisation reserves or investment risk reserves. Whenever banks are investing, they must have a pre-plan regarding how much of bank assets will be funded by unrestricted investment accounts and how much will be invested from funds.

Islamic banks in #Bahrain urged to fully comply with new standards

Islamic banks in Bahrain have until June-end next year to fully comply with new standards mandated by Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB). According to CBB executive director for banking supervision Khalid Hamad, the new Islamic banking legislation, where independent external scrutiny is a mandatory requirement, will promote corporate governance and compliance with Basel III norms. Hamad said the CBB was also preparing comprehensive and detailed risk management legislation. According to him, Islamic investment banking needs to develop a sustainable business model as well as more mergers for a clear competitive advantage. To enhance governance and performance, Islamic banks are required to obtain a credit rating. The industry also needs to work on building the capacity of board members, senior management and officials, particularly those in risk management, through qualifications and training.

Growth in Islamic finance industry necessitates regulation advancement

Organised jointly by the Accounting and Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI), the Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB) and the World Bank Group, the 11th AAOIFI-World Bank Conference has started on Monday. CBB Governor Rasheed Al Maraj said in his keynote address that the CBB would introduce a set of new regulations for the Islamic Financial Industry. He added that the industry also needs to invest in the training of the human capital in addition to working on succession planning. Participants discussed the challenges, opportunities and development of Islamic finance in the changing economic climate. The main take away of the day was about the future prospects, innovation, differentiation between the capitalism and the Islamic finance as a whole.

Bahrain: Bid to up takaful profitability

According to expectations, the measures introduced to bring the rules on takaful insurance up to date and expand them will be of help to the efforts of the segment to make inroads into the market share. The first Islamic policy writer opened in 1989, which, compared to other countries in the Gulf region and Asia, is very early. However, although Bahrain was working on becoming an insurance and takaful centre in the region, it is still necessary to strengthen its position. This could be accomplished by developing the Kingdom's human resources pool through advanced training programmes.

Waqf Fund 'supporting industry'

The Waqf Fund, which purpose is to support Islamic finance training, education and research, has expanded its scope of activity and started supporting the industry in various ways during the last year. According to a statement by Khalid Hamad, fund chairman and Central Bank of Bahrain executive director of banking supervision, the fund is supporting Bahrain University in their Bachelor of Arts in Sharia for banking and finance as well as Shaikh Isa Library.

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Board member is appointed

According to an announcement by Al Baraka Islamic Bank, Abdul Rahman Abdullah Mohammed has joined the bank's board. This was made possible by Central Bank of Bahrain's approval. Abdul Rahman Abdullah Mohammed is an expert in banking business with over 36 years experience in numerous institutions including NBB banking group where he was general manager until recently.

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Mena mortgage market growth is set to surge

Experts oppinion is that the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) mortgage market is set for double digit growth. They added that it was time developers laid stress on affordable housing rather than those out of reach of most.
The event was held at the Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence and Spa, and was put together by Cityscape, under the patronage of the Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB), and in partnership with Sakana Holistic Housing Solutions and Naseej Properties.

Islamic investment grows to over $1.5 trillion said Al Baker

Compliant products globally, including equities that conform with Islamic principles, sukuk and Islamic funds, stands at over $1.5 trillion.
Abdul Rahman Al Baker, the Executive Director of Financial Institutions Supervision, Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB), stated that Islamic asset management industry is an area that has become larger to an increasingly substantial segment within the financial markets. He also added that Islamic financial products symbolize a class of investment which is adressed to those looking for a socially responsible or ethical investments.

Conference on Islamic finance in Bahrain

Bahrain has inovated the modern Islamic finance industry in the region, as its history on Islamic finance goes back to more than 40 years.
Khalid Hamad, Executive Director of Banking Supervision at the Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB), that their was to introduce new concepts and to formulate rules and standards for Shariah-compliant financial transactions.
Khalid Hamad, while commenting on the AAOIFI Annual Shariah Conference which opens on Monday in Bahrain, undelined the fact that the CBB has always been supporting AAOIFI and its conference as part of its commitment to the industry.

BLME to start Bahrain operations

Bank of London and The Middle East (BLME) has received a licence from the Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB) to open its regional office in the Kingdom.
LME provides a wide range of services and advice to businesses and individuals, with a strong focus on Europe, the Mena region, as well as the US.
The opening of the Bahrain office, BLME’s first overseas office in the Gulf region, reinforces its ambition to provide a bridge between the UK and the GCC to offer a range of investment opportunities to the global investment community.

CBB hosts IIFM meeting on Islamic hedging products and its standardization

The Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB) had a meeting with the International Islamic Financial Market (IIFM) Shariah Advisory Panel and selected IIFM member banks active in Islamic hedging/risk mitigation segment of the Islamic finance industry.
The purpose of the meeting was to have deliberation between Shariah scholars and market practitioners on Islamic hedging products which are essential for risk mitigation of real assets and real economic activity.
The meeting was attended by honorable scholars including Shaikh Dr. Ali Muhyealdin A. Al Quradaghi, Shaikh Nizam Yaquby, Shaikh Esam Ishaq, Shaikh Dr. Muhamad Akram Laldin, Shaikh Dr. Eltegani Abdelgadir and Shaikh Dr. Mohammed Burhan Arbouna.

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