IsDBI completes dev of its industry-leading Islamic Finance country assessment framework



The Islamic Development Bank Institute (IsDBI) is pleased to announce that it has completed the development phase of its industry-leading initiative, the Islamic Finance Country Assessment Framework (IF-CAF).

The IF-CAF is a holistic diagnostic assessment tool which will provide an early indication of the strengths and weaknesses of a country’s Islamic finance ecosystem, including analysis related to existing laws, regulations, supervision, taxation, governance, financial inclusion, financial-sector digitalisation and other issues.

Additionally, in line with the forward-looking vision and development mandate of the IsDB Group, the IF-CAF adopts a “developmental” assessment approach aiming to facilitate integration of the Islamic finance industry into the mainstream national development agendas of the IsDB Member Countries.

The Acting Director General of IsDB Institute and Group Chief Economist, Dr. Sami Al-Suwailem, said: “The IF-CAF is an important diagnostic tool which will facilitate integration of Islamic finance to support member country governments in achieving many of their key strategic objectives such as boosting financial inclusion, enhancing digitalisation of the financial sector, developing their social finance sector and diversifying the sources of funds for the governments and the business sector, thereby aligning Islamic finance with the Sustainable Development Goals”.

The IF-CAF covers diagnostic assessment on the various sectors of the financial system including Islamic banking, Takaful, Islamic capital markets, Islamic social finance, and non-banking institutions such as leasing companies, development finance institutions, microfinance and non-profit financial institutions, FinTech and digital banks, etc.

The Framework was developed over a period of two years and involved several rounds of rigorous consultation with experts from both within the IsDB Group and external partnerinstitutions including central banks and international organisations. —Zawya News

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