Islamic banking assets to top $1.8 trillion

By CCTV correspondent Sumitra Nydoo

Islamic banking has gained some serious traction in the global banking sector in recent years. With the 2008 credit crunch that saw the demise of some of the world’s oldest financial institutions, Islamic Banking organizations have been lauded internationally for weathering the storm. This is mainly because they are not exposed to volatile markets as other conventional banks.

According to Ernst & Young’s World Islamic Banking Competitiveness Report 2013, Islamic banking assets held by commercial banks worldwide are expected to exceed $1.8-trillion this year, a 38% increase compared with $1.3-trillion in 2011. But how is Islamic banking different from conventional banking?

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Islamic Bank: Global asset worth 750bn US dollars

The global asset of Islamic banking industry has been estimated at 750 billion United States dollars, an Islamic financial expert and Chief Executive, Metropolitan Skills Ltd, Abuja, Hajia Ummahani Amin, has said.

She spoke in Kano at a workshop entitled: Fundamentals in Islamic Finance Workshop for International Islamic Economics and Management of Sciences Project. She observed that the quoted estimate above is without some major Sukuk issues and structured deals, which analysts estimate will run into trillions of dollars in the years to come.

She explained that Islamic banking practices have taken root in the Middle East and Malaysia, while adding that Europe and North America have recorded giant strides in offering Shariah acceptable products in an attempt to satiate an ever-increasing demand for interest-free banking and profitable returns that fall within the parameters of the Islamic law.

She maintained that the quest for Islamic banking is currently moving towards the African continent, pointing out that, at present, only a handful of countries in the continent have an effective Islamic banking infrastructure even though the scope of the section is immense.

She noted that, “in Nigeria, the banking system is about experiencing a proliferation of Islamic banks as the Central Bank of Nigeria is about to introduce new measures that will encourage and facilitate the existence of Islamic banks.”
She argued that Nigeria has an approximately 50 per cent Muslim population, adding that providing a banking framework that would be acceptable to their belief system would not only increase the bankable population but would bring about the benefits of social responsibility and economic empowerment.

She noted that the integration of Islamic Economics has been successfully implemented in Islamic schools in South Africa in the last two years while adding that Kenya, Tanzania and Mauritius have expressed interests in its implementation. She urged the Federal Government, which she said had taken interest in this project, to introduce the Islamic Economics in the educational policy of the country.

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Islamic banks way ahead of conventional banks

The asset-base of the Islamic banks increased by 13.3 per cent in Oct-Dec 2009 compared to 7 per cent growth in total assets, posted by conventional banking system during the same period under review.
According to the SBP latest report, Islamic banking operations remain profitable and steady in Dec-09 quarter. Growth in assets of Islamic banking continued to surpass the growth of assets in conventional banking by expanding the share of Islamic Banking Institutions (IBIs) in the industry as a whole.
Report stated despite decline in the rate of infected portfolio during Dec-09, increasing Non-Performing Finance (NPFs) remains the key challenge facing IBIs since the first quarter of CY09.
The NPFs to financing ratio decreased by 20 bps to 6.3 per cent amid healthy growth in financing. Category-wise analysis shows continuous increase in NPFs in loss category which now constitutes almost half of the NPFs.
However, increase in NPFs has resulted in marginal change in provision largely due to enhancement of FSV benefit on classified loans. Resultantly, net NPFs to financing ratio increased and provision coverage ratio declined. Increasing net NPFs also deteriorated the capital impairment ratio by 1.5 percentage points during Oct-Dec 2009. Sector wise analysis depicts that textile, others and individuals have the major share in financing. However, infection ratio is quite high for the sectors of automobile & transportation equipment and textile. As per the report revelations, the balance sheet composition of Islamic banks remains stable during the quarter.
Nevertheless, in line with the historical quarterly trend, most components saw improvement during Dec-09. On the asset side, significant increase took place in financing and investments.

source : nation