Uzbekistan emerging market for Islamic finance



The Two Days Specialized Training Workshop on Takaful organized by AlHuda Centre of Islamic Banking and Economics was successfully concluded at Uzbekistan Banking Association, Uzbekistan on August 5-6, 2019. The purpose of the training was to equip the professionals with Islamic finance knowledge keep focusing on the Islamic Insurance models and operational mechanism. Alongside, the Islamic finance promotion and to strengthen the industry in the region were also the agenda of the training.
The world well know trainer and consultant of Islamic finance, Mr. Muhammad Zubair Mughal conducted the training on the subject. During the training, the concepts, product development of Islamic insurance (Takaful) and product innovation was discussed. Mr. Zubair said that many new Islamic Finance markets are seen to be emerging on the horizon in the world including Commonwealth Independent States (CIS) countries. Uzbekistan is one of the emerging markets aggressively working for Islamic finance promotion and implementation. ICD – IsDB working very closely with various financial institutions for the development of Islamic finance in the region. ICD- IsDB also has huge investment portfolio for Islamic finance avenues in Uzbekistan.
Uzbekistan plans to introduce Islamic finance regulations and set up an Islamic finance institution to expand its banking sector and tap foreign markets. The Govt. of Uzbekistan is also plan to introduce the issuance of different tenure Sukuk (Islamic Bonds) to address the long-term and short-term liquidity and investment requirements of Islamic finance industry. Insurance companies are also working to start Takaful operations to meet the need of the Islamic financial market in the country.—Reuters

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