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Mainstreaming sustainability in Malaysia 

The Malaysian Islamic financial industry has been progressively gaining depth, diversity, and maturity to embark on a more innovative and forward-looking initiative of sustainable agenda. The industry is now taking more proactive efforts to make positive impact and contribution to sustainable economic development.  

Recently, the Value-based Intermediation (VBI) Community of Practitioners (CoP) has issued the first cohort of VBI Financing and Investment Impact Assessment Framework (VBIAF) sectoral guides on palm oil, renewable energy, and energy efficiency, through joint work with real sector experts, and academicians of the industry. The Sectoral Guides provide comprehensive guidance to the financial institutions in developing and implementing impact-based risk management according to the VBI principles. 

Download the infographic below to get more information on the VBIAF Sectoral Guides.

Stay tuned for the second cohort of VBIAF sectoral guides on oil and gas (O&G), manufacturing, and construction and infrastructure by the end of 2021.

In a separate development, an Islamic fintech innovation programme called FIKRA was launched in May 2021 by the Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) in collaboration with the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF). The programme is to advance the development of Islamic fintech while creating an ecosystem that nurtures talent, funds innovation, commercialises ideas and solutions in Malaysia’s Islamic capital market.



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The Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) in collaboration with the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) launched FIKRA Islamic Fintech Accelerator Programme (FIKRA), which aims to address 3 key challenge areas; new Islamic capital market offerings, accessibility and social finance integration.
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Labuan IBFC signs MoU with QFC  Authority

Labuan International Business and Financial Centre (Labuan IBFC) Inc. signed MoU with the Qatar Financial Centre Authority (QFC Authority) to develop long-term cooperation and boost economic and financial sector ties between the two financial centres.
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Sukuk will remain dominant in Malaysian debt market

Sukuk is expected to continue being a dominant role in Malaysia’s debt market due to strong appetite for higher-yielding instruments as global interest rates are expected to remain low in 2021.
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IsDB issued SOFR-linked sukuk

The Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) has issued the first-ever Secured Overnight Financing Rate (SOFR)-linked sukuk in the global capital markets. The SOFR will be the new global benchmark rate, replacing the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) that is being phased out by June 2023.
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Convergence of Islamic finance and sustainability
Date: 8 June 2021

Ethical Finance Summit 2021
Date: 8 - 10 June 2021
 
Global News on Islamic Finance
  1. Dubai restructures government bodies, dissolves Islamic Economy Development Centre
  2. Indonesia to develop more regional development banks, Shariah-compliant pension funds
  3. Bangko Sentral Ng Pilipinas approves liquidity risk management framework for Islamic banks
  4. Islamic investment window launched in Brunei
  5. New think tank to develop Europe’s halal economy
  6. New Islamic pension fund in Nigeria to launch before June
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