30.04.2013 - UK aims to boost role in Islamic finance
Prime Minister David Cameron is looking to Southeast Asia to boost the UKís role in Islamic finance. Itís the Bank of England he needs to convince first, say Shariah-compliant lenders based in Britain. Central bank rules require lenders to hold easy-to-sell assets as protection against short-term funding shocks. Most are off-limits for Islamic banks because they pay interest. Islamic lenders are "disadvantaged," Sultan Choudhury, managing director of Islamic Bank of Britain, said in a phone interview from Birmingham, England, on April 22. ..............................................Full Article: Source
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