The Libyan central bank governor Saddek Omar Elkaber said Monday, that Libya hopes to start implementing its new Islamic banking law by the end of the year and expects strong demand among the public for sharia-compliant financial services.
The country has been working to amend its legislation about an Islamic banking law to attract foreign investment and stimulate its private sector following last year’s war that ousted Muammar Gaddafi since last May when it approved the Islamic banking law.
Elkaber is reported by Reuters telling journalists on the sidelines of an Arab central bankers’ conference in Kuwait, that the demand is so high in Libya, as such, it has decided to set up a higher committee for Islamic finance…”Now they are working to set up a road map for Islamic finance in Libya,” he added.
Asked when Libya might be able to start implementing the rules, he said: “Hopefully very soon. Hopefully this year.”
He went on to say that the Libyan authorities envisaged several options for Islamic banking services. One would be to allow conventional banks to open branches or windows for Islamic finance, while another would be permitting conventional banks to become Islamic. Libya is also looking at introducing a special licence for Islamic banking, he said.
But, he added, the licensing option is still under discussion because authorities have yet to agree on capital requirements.
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