OJK pushes Islamic banking transformation


The Financial Services Authority (OJK) is advocating the transformation of Islamic banking, which is facing several challenges currently, including a dearth of business models or product differentiation besides a lack of sufficient and quality human resources.

“So that later every customer who is banking on sharia can choose products with better quality,” chief executive of OJK banking supervision, Heru Kristiyana, explained at the virtual launch of the Islamic Banking Development Roadmap 2020-2025 in Jakarta on Thursday.

He urged Islamic banks to launch a variety of products without abandoning sharia principles. Kristiyana, who is also a member of the OJK board of commissioners, admitted to HR challenges every time there is a change of leadership in sharia banking.

“It is difficult for OJK to find the top leadership when it carries out a fit and proper test,” he remarked.

“We, in the supervisory and licensing system, have a very hard time to find human resources who can assume the leadership of sharia banking,” he said, adding that OJK needs the support of the Islamic banking association to resolve the issue of human resources.

Related news: Islamic banking grew faster than conventional banking amid pandemic According to OJK, low sharia literacy and inclusion index as well as inadequate digitalization are also posing a challenge to the sector.

For this reason, the OJK said, it is encouraging Islamic banks to launch unique products, optimize the Islamic economic and financial ecosystem, integrate commercial and social finance functions, and develop quality human resources and technology.

In 2020, Islamic banking showed a positive performance, including the distribution of financing, which reached Rp394.6 trillion as of December, 2020, a growth of 8.08 percent compared to the same period of 2019, the OJK noted.—ANTARA

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