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Sharia finance body, Maldives lender to set up bank

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Points of Essence:

  • Islamic Banking & Finance Institute of Malaysia and the Government of Maldives sets up the first Islamic bank in Maldives
  • Maldives Islamic Bank will be established in the next 6 months would be the impetus for the creating of the a conducive regulatory framework  for Islamic banking industry in Maldives

KUALA LUMPUR Oct 26 (Reuters) – A Malaysian Islamic finance industry body and the Maldives Islamic Bank signed a deal on Tuesday to set up Maldives’ first sharia lender. Maldives Islamic Bank hoped to set up the bank within six months, its managing director Harith Harun said in a statement. A subsidiary of the Islamic Development Bank holds a 70 percent state in the Maldives bank while the government of Maldives owns the rest. The deal with the Islamic Banking and Finance Institute Malaysia, which is owned by the Malaysian central bank and several sharia banks, would enable a study of Maldives’ regulatory framework to create an environment that would foster the industry’s growth, the statement said.  (Reporting by Liau Y-Sing; Editing by Razak Ahmad)

Source: Reuters

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Written by Suapi Shaffaii

October 26, 2010 at 11:29 pm

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