Halim Alamsyah

Islamic Banks Poised for More Growth

Islamic Banks expect rapid growth in 2013. According to a central bankier, Indonesian banks will register higher profits in upcoming year despite more stringent rules imposed by the Indonesian central bank. The total amount of Islamic assets including Islamic-compliant rural banks grew up by 37 percent comparing to last year, a deputy governor of Bank Indonesia said. He expects that the amount of Islamic assets will continue growing in the next year.

Shariah Included in Indonesian Bank Rule

Indonesian central bank plans to strengthen payments on housing and automotive loans at Shariah banks. New requirements will be similar to those of conventional lenders for housing and vehicle loans issued on March 15. Due to new regulation, which took effect on June 15, it will be necessary to pay 25 percent for two-wheeled vehicles and 30 percent for four-wheeled vehicles as down payment.

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