UK gov”t to support Islamic finance

The UK Treasury has introduced measures in Parliament to support Islamic finance and the issuance of corporate sukuk within the UK, Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) reported on Thursday.

“The Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 Order 2010,” will help to provide “a level playing field” for corporate sukuk within the UK, a statement by the Treasury said.

The Order provides clarity on the regulatory treatment of corporate sukuk, reducing the legal costs for these types of investments and removing unnecessary obstacles to their issuance.

Sukuk are a broad class of financial instruments designed to replicate the economic function of bonds, but with a structure which complies with Islamic principles. Although there is an obvious appeal to the Muslim community, sukuk can be issued and bought by everyone.

Treasury minister Sarah McCarthy-Fry said: “the objectives on Islamic finance are to enhance the UK competitiveness in financial services by maintaining its position as a Western leader for international Islamic finance; and to ensure that everybody, irrespective of their religious beliefs, has access to competitively priced financial products.

“This measure is another important step in the development of the Islamic finance sector in the UK and will help to provide a level playing field for Islamic financial products in this country. It is good news for the UK economy and for our Islamic finance industry”, she added.

source : Saba

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