The World Islamic Banking Competitiveness Report 2011/12, developed in collaboration with Ernst & Young, will be officially launched on 22 November 2011 at the 18th Annual World Islamic Banking Conference (WIBC 2011)
he World Islamic Banking Competitiveness Report, an initiative designed to not only identify but also to raise the bar of competitive excellence, strategic leadership and performance improvement in the global Islamic finance industry, now in its eighth annual edition, will analyse key strategies that leading Islamic financial institutions must deploy in order to ensure continued growth in a challenging economic environment.
Speaking ahead of the launch of the report, David McLean, Managing Director of the World Islamic Banking Conference said, “The global Islamic finance industry has undergone major transformations in the last few years in its quest to boost international competitiveness and to build a sustainably profitable business model. There has been a focus on product innovation efforts that aim to provide a more comprehensive array of Shari’ah-based products for the industry. The global Islamic finance industry has also seen significant developments in regulatory frameworks and Shari’ah standardisation making global connectivity that much more achievable.”
“However, both the challenge and the opportunity currently facing leading industry players is how will Islamic banks succeed in making this growth trend sustainable and profitable”, he added.
Ashar Nazim, MENA Head of Ernst & Young’s Islamic Finance Services, said, “Islamic banking has been continuously gaining market share across key MENA markets, but the question remains on how sustainable this growth is, especially in view of ongoing prolonged pressure on profitability. As the leading industry players compete to stay ahead, many are looking into transforming and improving their operational performance. Investment in operating model redesign, customer analytics, capital management and regulatory compliance appear to be essential features of the CEOs’ agenda in 2012.”
The report will be exclusively launched onsite at a special plenary session of WIBC 2011. The Report titled “A Brave New World of Sustainable Growth” will be presented by Imtiaz Ibrahim, Senior Director, Assurance, Ernst & Young and Abid Shakeel, Executive Manager, Ernst & Young.
World Islamic Banking Competitiveness Report to be launched at WIBC
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