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The brighter Islamic finance picture beyond Iran's woes

November 2, 2015

The negative growth recorded in the aggregate assets of Islamic financial institutions in this year's survey can almost entirely be attributed to a collapse in the value of the Iranian rial. When delving further into the data, a much more healthy picture emerges.

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Digital leaders emerge in Islamic finance industry

November 2, 2015

The reputation for conservatism among Islamic financial institutions does not extend to the world of digital banking, where many of its leading players are showing an innovative streak that matches anything coming out of their conventional peers.

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Islamic finance targets Indonesia and Africa

November 2, 2015

The large unbanked Muslim populations of Indonesia and Africa present a huge opportunity for Islamic financial institutions, with Africa's infrastructural shortfall providing a particularly fertile ground for the sukuk market.

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DIEDC chief looks to drive Islamic economy

November 2, 2015

The Islamic economy – be it the halal industry, tourism, retail, pensions or telecommunications – needs well-regulated, geographically harmonised sharia-complaint finance if it is to realise its full potential, Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre CEO Abdulla Mohammed Al Awar tells The Banker.

Awakening the sleeping giants of Islamic finance

October 26, 2015

Financial institutions are looking to the new markets of south-east Asia and Africa as the Islamic finance industry evolves. 

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Will Suez Canal expansion live up to Egypt's expectations?

October 1, 2015

The speed with which Egypt completed its Suez Canal expansion has given observers confidence that the country’s ambitious SCZone plan really could become the economic powerhouse the government envisions.

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Nigeria’s problems pile up

October 1, 2015

Weak GDP growth, jittery investors, tumbling oil prices: Nigeria’s banking sector is a challenging place to be as the central bank introduces some controversial regulatory measures

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Nigeria's economy hits a bump in the road

October 1, 2015

Nigeria's economic growth has slowed over the past year, and delays in naming a cabinet by new president Muhammadu Buhari are doing little to restore confidence in the country. However, the long-term prospects for Africa's largest economy remain strong.

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Bahrain SWF overcomes bout of turbulence

October 1, 2015

Bahrain's sovereign wealth fund, Mumtalakat, has weathered economic and political uncertainty both at home and throughout the wider Middle Eastern region, and is now back on a path to growth, with its aviation holdings being at the forefront of this turnaround.

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The fiscal route to a fairer Egypt

September 1, 2015

Egypt's recovery from a period of economic, social and political upheaval is now well under way and, says minister of finance Hany Kadry Dimian, a new fiscal policy is playing a key role within this comeback, while also ensuring that all sections of society feel its benefits.

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