Islamic Finance in Sub-Saharan Africa: Status and Prospects

 
Author/Editor: E. Gelbard ; Mumtaz Hussain ; Rodolfo Maino ; Yibin Mu ; Etienne B. Yehoue
 
Publication Date: August 11, 2014
 
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Summary: Islamic finance is a fast growing activity in world markets. This paper provides a survey on Islamic Finance in SSA. Ongoing activities include Islamic banking, sukuk issuances (to finance infrastructure projects), Takaful (insurance), and microfinance. While not yet significant in most Sub-Saharan countries, several features make Islamic finance instruments relevant to the region, in particular the ability to foster SMEs and micro-credit activtities. As a first step, policy makers could introduce Islamic financing windows within the conventional system and facilitate sukuk issuance to tap foreign investors. The entrance of full-fleged Islamic banks require addressing systemic issues, and adapting the crisis management and resolution frameworks. The IMF can play a role by sharing international experiences and providing advice on supervisory and regulatory frameworks as needed.
 
Series: Working Paper No. 14/149
Subject(s): Islamic banking | Sub-Saharan Africa | Financial sector | Financial institutions | Insurance | Microfinance | Bonds

 
English
Publication Date: August 11, 2014
ISBN/ISSN: 9781498348669/1018-5941 Format: Paper
Stock No: WPIEA2014149 Pages: 27
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