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CBJ plans to issue sovereign Islamic sukuk
BY MUSA KEILANI March 23, 2013
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AMMAN: The Central Bank of Jordan (CBJ) is examining mechanisms to issue sovereign Islamic sukuk in the primary market in order to widen the base of investment tools that can be traded in the secondary market on the one hand and, on the other, to come up with a new method for financing the treasury besides the traditional financing means.

Addressing experts  meeting at the Arab Academy for Banking & Financial Sciences on Thursday, CBJ Governor Ziad Fariz underlined the importance of coming up with new financing tools in accordance with Sharia (Islamic law)  to accelerate the economic growth, the state news agency, Petra, reported.

Fariz said that the issuance of sukuk will help Islamic banks invest their financial surpluses which account for 17 per cent of the total surplus reserves in the kingdom’s banking sector.

The governor pointed to an increase in demand on Islamic banking which has developed immensely, noting that its pioneering services are marked by diversity and outreach not only in Arab and Islamic states but in Western countries as well because  they demonstrated resilience, stability and strength in the face of internal and external financial crises. He also credited Islamic financial services for the strong link between the financing sector and the real productive sector in the economy.

Meanwhile, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) president has said that Jordan needs to market its image to investors as an open economy with a skilled labour force.

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