Islam: Islamic finance can alleviate suffering

By its very nature, Islamic finance can help alleviate suffering in the Mediterranean and particularly in North Africa, Malta Institute of Management president Reuben Buttigieg told last week’s Mediterranean Islamic Finance Conference.

This is the time to show that the values we preach come to reality in a region that is begging for such opportunity
 “Microfinance will be desperately needed in the region and we must find ways to encourage various Islamic finance institutions to ensure that the necessary financing is available,” Mr Buttigieg said.

The two-day conference organised by the MIM at the Westin Dragonara Resort in St Julian’s was themed “New openings”. It featured a varied programme of presentations and panel discussions on issues such as ICT in Islamic finance, alternative investment products, governance frameworks, microfinance, dispute resolution, and trusts and wealth planning.

Participants included local business people, representatives of professional service providers, local and international banks, among them Al Baraka Banking Group, the event’s main sponsor, Deutsche Bank and HSBC, and some of the world’s most respected Islamic finance leaders and scholars.

In his opening address, Mr Buttigieg stressed that Malta had a potential added role in the region. The island’s humanitarian efforts throughout the Libyan crisis could now be extended to support the provision of the necessary financing to North Africa in a Shariah-compliant manner.

Read more:

Categories: Economics, Islam

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.