AfDB calls for investment across Africa to close annual US$162bn funding gap – Kenya borrows US$1bn via syndicated loan – Nigeria raises mere NGN100bn in bond sale – Nigeria looking to secure US$5.2bn World Back funding package – Zimbabwe warns South Africa over proposed land reform – Russia’s Rosatom committed to nuclear plant project in South Africa – Senegal issues Eurobond – Saudi Aramco stalls on US$20mn Zambia loan - Zimbabwe secures US$1.7bn loan from Afrexim Bank
Unlike borrowers in other parts of the world, those based in the GCC region have flexibility in being able to access funding from both conventional and Islamic bank. But co-financings involving conventional and Islamic banks raise structural issues which need to be overcome in a way which is going to be acceptable to both sets of banks.
Saudi Arabia loses market share in the oil sector – Saudi Electricity Co. in talks over sukuk – ACWA makes landmark 22-year trade – Etihad bonds drop on Alitalia news – UAE bankruptcy laws to improve operating environment – Dana Gas in debt restructuring talks – ADCB plans new issue – QNB hits the market, plans to make inroads in KSA – Bahrain feels FX strain – Oman in US$3.6bn loan talks – OETC prices upsized trade – Jordan places another Eurobond – NBK mulls new unsecured notes – Iran struggles to attract foreign investment
Whether you call it Fintech, Insure-tech or Takaful-tech, Fintech has become a buzzword in the Islamic finance industry. Though not a sudden development, the evolution of Fintech in the industry has evolved rather rapidly.
After wowing the markets with its landmark US$17.5bn sovereign bond, the KSA repeated the trick on the Islamic finance side, issuing the largest sukuk in history and pricing effectively flat to the conventional sovereign curve.
UAE-based airline Etihad Airways tapped the Islamic finance market with the largest ever sukuk issuance in the MENA region’s aviation history to date, an impressive debut.
Yinson Holdings Bhd’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Yinson Production (West Africa) Pte Ltd successfully converted conventional debt into a sharia-compliant format through the company’s maiden Islamic transaction, the proceeds of which were used to finance the conversion of existing facilities into a floating production, storage and offloading unit (FPSO).
The deal was the largest ever syndicated Kuwaiti Dinar financing in the country. NBK acted as Coordinator, Initial Mandated Lead Arranger and Global Facility Agent for the KWD710mn KNPC Conventional Facility and KWD490mn Murabaha Islamic Facility for the Clean Fuels Project.
The Saudi royal family has been vocal about its plans to diversify the country’s economy for years. As internal energy demand rises sharply, the multibillion tender for a series of solar and wind projects marks one of the first concrete steps taken by the Kingdom towards sustainability.
The AFC’s upsized US$150mn was the first US dollar denominated sukuk issued by an African multilateral development bank and the first dollar denominated sukuk of 2017, helping the financial institution fund a number of infrastructure projects on the continent.
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