MIFC Epicentre March 2015 / Jamadilawal 1436H
 
A recent spike of interest in Islamic finance from Europe is creating opportunities for global Islamic finance hubs. Following monumental sovereign sukuk issuances by the UK and Luxembourg, several signposts lead to increased opportunities. Expanding trade links between Europe and OIC countries, growing preference for ethical financial solutions, massive infrastructure requirements to meet 2020 targets, governmental support for the Islamic finance sector plus the structure of the EU single market system are all seen to be providing opportunities for sukuk issuances, Islamic banking products and services, trade financing and Islamic funds.
   
OTHER HIGHLIGHTS:
Securities Commission Malaysia Annual Report 2014 - Malaysian Capital Market Grew to RM2.76 Trillion in 2014
Malaysia affirmed its leadership in the Islamic capital market, having grown at an average of 12% per annum over the last five years to RM1.59 trillion in 2014, accounting for 58% of the capital market.
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12th Islamic Financial Services Board Summit, 20 & 21 May 2015, Almaty, Kazakhstan
The 12th IFSB Summit aims to bring together an experienced international group of chairpersons and speakers, with a projected audience of over 200 delegates from all sectors of the financial services industry across the globe. The theme of the one and a half day Summit is "Core Principles for Islamic Finance: Integrating with the Global Regulatory Framework."
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MasterCard Partners with INCEIF to Empower Female Talent in Islamic Finance
MasterCard and the International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance (INCEIF) announced they are partnering to launch the MasterCard – INCEIF Scholarship for Women, aimed at boosting the pipeline of female talent in the Islamic finance sector. This is a timely collaboration, given the growing importance of Islamic finance, especially in Southeast Asia.
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