Lack of Relevant Laws Constrains Growth in Islamic Finance

With Islamic banking and insurance gaining ground in the country, there are calls for new legislation by banking and insurance regulators to enable the companies to invest in Sharia-compliant securities. Two banks – Gulf African and First Community – are operating fully pursuant to Sharia-compliant banking principles, although up to five other commercial banks are also offering Sharia-compliant banking products alongside conventional products.

Affin sees potential of Islamic banks in Indonesia

Jakarta (APBankers) Affin Holdings Bhd expects to complete the conversion of PT Bank Ina Perdana of Indonesia into a syariah-compliance bank in two years once the acquisition of the bank is completed in the second half of this year. Chairman Tan Sri Mohd Zahidi Zainuddin said the group was in the midst of getting an …

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Bank Sarasin urges a stronger focus on Islamic Financial Planning

In its second annual Islamic Wealth Management Report, Bank Sarasin urges the Islamic banking community to take a stronger focus on Islamic Financial Planning. Bank Sarasin also calls for the industry to move forward by developing the Sharia framework, diversifying products and differentiating its offerings. Islamic Financial Planning, a religious obligation requested in the Qu’ran, involves the acquisition, preservation and philanthropic distribution of wealth.