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Malaysia to teach Islamic banking to Kazakhstan

06 june 2011, 16:33
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Malaysia will teach Kazakhstan the ropes of Islamic banking, Tengrinews.kz reports.

“There is deep interest to Malaysia’s experience of Islamic banking. Malaysia is ready to provide trainings. We are inviting to send a [Kazakhstan’s] delegation to study our practices”, Malaysia’s Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said, adding that his nation is a global leader in Islamic banking.

Today, June 6, Malaysia’s Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak met President Nazarbayev in Akorda, President’s Palace in Astana.

Malaysia’s Prime Minister will be taking part in the 7th World Islamic Economic Forum to be held in Astana June 7-9, 2011. Kazakhstan will be the first nation of Central Asia to host a World Islamic Economic Forum.

World Islamic Economic Forum is headquartered in Malaysia. Formerly known as the OIC Business Forum, the Forum was renamed to reflect the inclusion of Muslim business communities in other parts of the world and also to include the participation of the non-Muslim business community interested to establish good business relationships with the Muslim world.

The WIEF Foundation was established on the 6th March 2006 to institutionalize the World Islamic Economic Forum. The Foundation seeks to fulfill its objective of organizing its annual and regional Forums and to implement the programs established under the WIEF initiatives.

Kazakhstan is already home to Al Hilal Islamic Bank, which is a 100% subsidiary of Al Hilal Bank, UAE, and the first Islamic bank in Kazakhstan and CIS countries. First Islamic banking license obtained on 17th of March, 2010. A second Islamic bank is to shortly emerge in Kazakhstan to offer services mostly to individuals.

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