Global Islamic Finance Forecast to Grow as Main Markets Recover – S&P

SourceAsharq AL-awsat
SectorFinancial Markets
CountryMiddle east

The $2.2 trillion global Islamic finance industry is expected to grow 10 percent -12 percent over 2021-2022 due to increased Islamic bond issuance and a modest economic recovery in the main Islamic finance markets, S&P Global Ratings said.

The industry continued to grow last year despite the COVID-19 pandemic, although at a slower pace than in 2019, with global Islamic assets expanding by 10.6 percent in 2020 against growth of 17.3 percent the previous year.

Islamic finance has been on the rise for many years across markets in Africa, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia, but remains a fragmented industry with the uneven implementation of its rules.

“Over the next 12 months, we could see progress on a unified global legal and regulatory framework for Islamic finance. We believe that such a framework could help resolve the lack of standardization and harmonization that the Islamic finance industry has faced for decades,” S&P said on Monday.

The industry is expected to receive some support more...