Monday, July 25, 2011
July 25, 2011
Islamic Microfinance sector is currently progress aggressively by addressing of deficiencies and challenges faced by the traditional Microfinance industry, right now near about 300 Islamic Microfinance Institutions are operating around the globe effectively, due to tremendous performance of Islamic Microfinance Institutions, now conventional Microfinance Institutions are opting Islamic system for poverty alleviation at large.
For addressing all the challenges and opportunities Islamic Microfinance, Islamic Microfinance Islamic Microfinance Network (IMFN) has launched in 2010 with the aim to provide a unique and common platform for National and international Islamic microfinance institutions (MFIs). The activities of IMFN includes coordinate the efforts of its members in jointly addressing poverty alleviation, establishing best practices in Islamic microfinance, developing guidelines and the implementation that comply with Shariah law.
Now the membership is being opened for nationally and internationally organization who are serving in the sector of Islamic Microfinance. The membership is available who are practicing Islamic Microfinance in their operations as Permanent members while other conventional Microfinance Institutions are also welcome as observers members, so that they enable to learn about Islamic Microfinance System. It is not only for the institutions while the academician and Advisor also becomes the member of this network.
Zubair Mughal – Chief Executive Officer , Islamic Microfinance Network ( IMFN) said that it is common responsibility of the industry stakeholders to address the things at one platform for brush up and standardization with the objective toward poverty alleviation, he also said that Almost 17,000 million people live below the poverty line in the world of which 44% live in the Muslim majority countries which become the prime reason behind Islamic Microfinance. At the moment 300 Islamic Microfinance Institutions in 32 countries including: Indonesia, Kenya, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Yemen, Egypt, Sudan, Tanzania, Mauritius, South Africa, Malaysia and Pakistan are working on Poverty alleviation. Due to its more productive role, Islamic Microfinance is gaining popularity in those countries where Muslims are in minorities.
Friday, July 15, 2011
(July 14, 2011)
An International Seminar on Financial Inclusion for Central Asia, the Caucasus, and South Asia organized by Asian Development Bank Institute-Japan, APEC Business Advisory Council -China, & Asia-Pacific Finance and Development Center from 12th – 14th July, 11, concluded days today in Urumqi, Peoples Republic of China. Delegate from China, Japan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Georgia, New Zeeland, Romania, Kyrgyz, UK and Afghanistan are participating in this Seminar, wherein Current State of Financial Inclusion Developing in Asia, Rural Finance in PR China, Key Regulatory Issues in Promoting Financial Inclusion, Evolution of Microfinance Institutions towards Financial Self-Sustainability through Innovation, Service Diversification and Islamic Microfinance were discussed in details.
The third day was allocated to Islamic Microfinance and Zubair Mughal – Chief Executive Officer, AlHuda Centre of Islamic Banking and Economics Pakistan gave the Key Note speech on Islamic Microfinance, said that Islam has given the best system for poverty alleviation and both Muslims and non-Muslims can benefit from it. He emphasized that the people from Central Asia, the Caucasus, and South Asia can equally get benefit from Islamic principles of Microfinance. He said the out of the total population of 1.7 billion about 562 million are Muslims in these regions, which becomes important for financial inclusion through this system. Islamic Microfinance is compatible to work with any model of Microfinance and it has the alternative to all the products of Conventional system.
Mr. Zubair Mughal further said that in the wake of the current financial crisis all around the globe, the Islamic Microfinance has gained even more importance due to its transparency and sustainability. He also discussed the poverty issues of Central Asia, the Caucasus, and South Asia separately so that Islamic Microfinance becomes an effective tool for poverty alleviation in these areas. Mr. Zubair Mughal offered his services from AlHuda-Centre of Islamic Banking and Economics who have also set up a Help Desk for Advisory, Trainings and Capacity Building for Microfinance Institutions. We provide complete solutions in Islamic Microfinance for poverty alleviation are practiced effectively.