He added, in a press statement, that the republic of South Africa is seen as one of the most significant countries that are transforming issuing conventional bonds into sukuk as sharia-compliant alternative that contributes to diversifying financing resources at the level of the African continent, given the position occupied by the South African economy and the good relationships with adjacent countries.
Al- Marzouq went on to say that in addition to leading and promoting sukuk issuance, KFH contributed to offering technical support and extensive experience that enabled the government of South Africa to amend some laws and regulations to be allowed to issue sukuk and take all approvals.
He expressed confidence in the good impact it left through the construction of the legislative structure, which allows issuing more sovereign sukuk in South Africa or other countries of the continent, or through the great success by 4-time oversubscription, where order book was about USD 2 bln from 130 regional and global accounts.
Al-Marzouq explained that KFH succeeded in posting 4-time oversubscription as part of sukuk issuance marketing. He indicated that meetings were held with investors in Europe, Asia and the Middle East in collaboration with the “BNP Paribas”, and “Standard Bank”. Also, representatives of the republic of South Africa focused in their sukuk promotional campaign in the GCC countries, on UAE, KSA, and Qatar that acquired more than 50% of the total sukuk value.
He said that as high qualified human resources and solvency that can achieve goals are available, KFH is looking forward to making Kuwait a global hub for issuing and marketing sukuk, not to mention a global financial center to provide the infrastructure for such outstanding product that enjoys global praise and significant expansion.
Moreover, Al-Marzouq noted that the sukuk issuance for South Africa is a debut sovereign sukuk at the level of the continent, and the third of its kind for non-Muslim countries after the sukuk issued by the United Kingdom and lately Hong Kong. It’s worth noting that the sukuk issuance was granted credit investment rating by the global rating agencies Moody’s, Fitch and Standard Poor’s, where they will be enlisted in the market of the Luxembourg Stock Exchange with a period of 5 years and 9 months and expected return of about 3.9%.
It’s worth mentioning that KFH participated in arranging USD 750 mln debut sukuk for the emirate of Sharjah where the sukuk witnessed 10-time oversubscription as order book was about USD7.8 bln from 250 accounts which reflects the growing interest in Islamic finance as a source of sovereign funding.
Kuwait Finance House (KFH)
KFH was established in Kuwait in 1977 and is enlisted in the Kuwait Stock Exchange. KFH Group is a global pioneer in the field of Islamic banking services, where it offers a wide array of Islamic products and services, not to mention a high standard of innovation and client service.
KFH manages its operations in the GCC, Asia, and Europe through over 375 branches, including KFH-Turkey, in order to offer services for the bank’s clients in Turkey, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Australia, Jordan, Dubai, and Manheim in Germany.
KFH’s mission is to achieve highest levels of excellence and innovation in the field of client service, while developing common interest for all those concerned with the financial institution. KFH’s vision is to spearhead the global development in Islamic financial services, and to upgrade the bank into the level of becoming the most sustainable profitable Islamic bank in the world.
KFH’s values include cementing leadership through all its businesses, including leadership in the Islamic banking services worldwide, through innovation and in client service and the development of its employees. In addition, KFH is committed to all its procedures, and to setting up long-life partnerships with the concerned authorities.
Originally published on www.zawya.com