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Labuan IBFC and Qatar Financial Centre launch joint publication on Islamic finance

Joint publication was launched in conjunction with masterclass series which featured panel discussions on Shariah-compliant leasing and wealth management solutions

Qatar, Doha, 9 May 2024 – Labuan International Business and Financial Centre (Labuan IBFC), Asia’s premier business and financial centre, and Qatar Financial Centre (QFC), a leading onshore financial and business centre in the region, have launched a joint publication titled “Mutual Cooperation Towards Global Connectivity”. This joint publication is an initiative following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) last year between both Labuan IBFC Incorporated Sdn Bhd (Labuan IBFC Inc.), the official marketing agency for Labuan IBFC, and Qatar Financial Centre Authority, which is responsible for the development and promotion of QFC. The non-binding MoU is valid for a period of three years.

The publication provides an overview of both jurisdictions’ Islamic finance capabilities as well as solutions and offerings. It then highlights, via two in-depth cases, potential areas for collaboration which complement the respective jurisdictions’ strengths. Positive factors that will contribute towards ensuring the collaborative efforts are meaningful and achieve their intended objectives are also outlined. The publication concludes by noting both jurisdictions have pivotal roles to play in advancing the digitalisation and globalisation agenda in Islamic finance.

Datuk Iskandar Mohd Nuli, Executive Chairman cum CEO of Labuan IBFC Inc. commented: “The launch of this joint publication marks a milestone in the collaboration journey between Labuan IBFC and QFC. We are confident that this publication is a significant step towards ensuring both Labuan IBFC and QFC are active participants in the push for the digitalisation and globalisation of Islamic finance. This is underscored by the introduction of the Islamic Digital Asset Centre in Labuan IBFC that acts as a Shariah-compliant digital gateway”. He further added, “The publication also serves to underscore both jurisdictions as an ideal platform for intermediaries looking to establish their presence in both the Asian and MENA regions”.

Yousuf Mohamed Al-Jaida, Chief Executive Officer, QFC, said: "We are thrilled to collaborate with Labuan IBFC on developing this joint publication, which showcases the potential areas of cooperation in Islamic finance that we can harness. This partnership exemplifies our shared vision to advance Islamic finance solutions across sectors and regions, promote closer collaboration, and bridge markets, ultimately driving economic growth in our respective jurisdictions”.

Strategically located in Asia and the Middle East, both Labuan IBFC and QFC play a key role in expediating regional economic growth. A continued strategic relationship between both financial centres will serve as a platform to expand the marketing of solutions and services especially Islamic products and enhance their acceptability in both regions. It will also serve to facilitate the growth of fintech and its supporting ecosystems, thus easing entry into new markets as well as expanding and providing mutual recognition of both jurisdictions and their intermediaries.

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Labuan International Business and Financial Centre (Labuan IBFC), Malaysia, through its internationally recognised yet business-friendly legal framework, is the preferred international business and financial centre in the Asia Pacific region.

It offers global investors and businesses the benefits of being in a well-regulated jurisdiction, while providing for fiscal neutrality and certainty, in addition to being an ideal location for substance creation.

Labuan IBFC boasts a wide range of business structures and investment solutions catered to cross-border transactions and international business dealings. It offers services and solutions in niches such as asset leasing, risk management, commodity trading, wealth management, international business companies and Islamic financial services to global businesses looking at penetrating Asia and Asian entities aiming to go global.

Labuan IBFC operates within clear and comprehensive legal provisions, guidelines and practice notes, enforced by a single regulator, Labuan Financial Services Authority.

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