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Islamic Banking Set to Emerge as a $4 Trillion Industry

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  • Islamic banking is poised to reach $4 trillion in the next 5 years due to its resilience from the global financial crisis. With good governance and prudence in place, no wonder Moody’s has been favoring the potential growth of Islamic banking. Good discipline imposed on the Islamic financial institutions has worked greatly in averting risky banking ventures thus strengthening the institutional system of Islamic finance in the process. Khaleej Times has the report.

By Issac John

DUBAI – Islamic banking, which is predicted to become a $4 trillion global industry over the next five years, is the least affected sector in the current global economic meltdown triggered by subprime tsunami in the United States, experts said.Khaled Al Aboodi, CEO and general manager of Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD), was quoted as saying that since Shariah did not allow Islamic banks to invest in subprime product, they were safer from the toxic subprime assets when compared to conventional banks.

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Written by Suapi Shaffaii

December 31, 2008 at 4:16 am

Standard & Poor’s cuts ratings on UAE banks

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  • UAE based Islamic financial institutions have been snubbed rating-wise by S&P by according  them a revised down rating and outlook for the upcoming year. This was largely contributed by the uncertainties in the economic outlook of the UAE due to the gloomy global financial sector. CPI Financial has the report.

Rating agency Standard & Poor’s has revised down its ratings on Dubai Islamic Bank, Emirates Bank International, National Bank of Dubai and Sharjah Islamic Bank.

Standard & Poor’s has lowered its long- and short-term counterparty credit ratings on Dubai Islamic Bank to ‘A-/A-2’ from ‘A/A-1’ and revised its outlook on the bank to negative from stable; revised its outlook on Emirates Bank International and National Bank of Dubai to negative from stable and affirmed its ‘A/A-1’ counterparty credit ratings on the two banks; and revised its outlook on Sharjah Islamic Bank to stable from positive and affirmed its ‘BBB/A-2’ counterparty credit ratings on the bank.

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December 31, 2008 at 3:13 am

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Aseambankers deals

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  • Malaysia based Aseambankers is seeking to forge an alliance with Japanese financial institutions to develop Islamic capital market products. This being part of the plan to enhance the sukuk market in Japan via the MIFC platform. As the investment arm of Malaysia’s largest bank, Maybank, Aseambankers is strategizing for a global expansion to Indonesia through Maybank’s latest aquisition of BII and also leveraging on Maybank’s strong presence in Hong Kong and Singapore. Business Times has the report.

By Roziana Hamsawi
A few financial conglomerates from Japan have expressed interest to work with Aseambankers Malaysia Bhd in developing Islamic capital market products, its chief executive officer Mohammed Rashdan Mohammed Yusof said.

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Written by Suapi Shaffaii

December 31, 2008 at 2:53 am

Emirati woman becomes world’s first ever recipient of CIMAs Islamic finance certificate

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  • Rehab Lootah, a senior vice president of the UAE based Mawarid Finance has emerged the world’s first female recipient of CIMA’s Islamic finance certificate. The certificate comprises professional study of Islamic commercial law, Islamic banking and takaful, Islamic capital markets and instruments and Islamic corporate finance accounting, with comprehensive case study on contract-based Islamic banking transactions. Eyeof dubai.com has the report.

Rehab Lootah, Senior Vice President, Mawarid Finance pjsc

Rehab Mohammed Lootah has been awarded CIMA’s Certificate from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, a London-headquartered institute with eight branches in China, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa and Sri Lanka. With this achievement, Rehab Lootah becomes the world’s first woman ever awarded a certificate in this highly specialized professional area.

“The importance of this professional specialization stems out of the vital role played throughout the world by Islamic banking industry including Islamic financing and investment governed by the principles and provisions of Islamic Sharia;” said Rehab Lootah, Mawarid’s SVP-Business Development, Products and Corporate Communication and CEO-Tamaiaz Award.

Rehab added: “Islamic banking constitutes for the Islamic world a basis of economic and social development and is viewed as a practical realization of concepts and rules of Islamic economy.”

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December 31, 2008 at 1:39 am

Japan’s biggest bank to launch Islamic Finance in Middle East, Asia

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  • Japan’s Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ plans to extend a full range of Islamic financial services products in the Middle East and Asia which are to be launched from its Malaysian based unit.

TOKYO, Dec 16 (KUNA) Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, a unit of Japan’s biggest bank by assets, will offer a broad range of Islamic financial services in the Middle East and Asia, with the business set to kick off with its local unit in Malaysia, a major Japanese financial daily reported Tuesday.

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Written by Suapi Shaffaii

December 17, 2008 at 1:05 am

Sharia-compliant banking looks north

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  • Islamic banks in the UAE seem to be venturing out of Dubai by setting up branches in the northern side of the Emirate.This was spurred by the demand in the Islamic financial services offerings. The Arabian Business has the report.

by Jason J. Nash

Islamic banking and insurance services are gaining ground in the Northern Emirates, as consumers, companies and public institutions increasingly come to rely on such services to meet their financing needs.

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December 16, 2008 at 11:13 pm

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Japan moves carefully toward Islamic finance

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  • The current global financial crisis and the fact that Japan is in recession have not put a restraint to the country’s interest to introduce Islamic finance. Substantial legal framework has already been put in place to allow Islamic finance operations in Japan. At the global front, Japanese institutions play significant role in Islamic finance by getting involved directly in issuing Shariah compliant financing. Membership with the IFSB has also put Japan on the global  Islamic finance radar. Asahi has the report.

BY MANABU HARA, STAFF WRITER

The Japanese government has taken a small but important step toward introducing Islamic finance here amid the global financial crisis triggered by unsustainable subprime loans in the United States.

Earlier this month, the Financial Services Agency (FSA) amended financial regulations to let bank subsidiaries handle Islamic finance operations.

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Written by Suapi Shaffaii

December 12, 2008 at 7:06 pm