AAOIFI approves France model for issuing sukuk
Dubai, December 16, 2010
A top Islamic finance body has approved France’s model to issue local sukuk, or Islamic bonds, which would ease their listing on the Paris financial market, a French official has revealed.
The Accounting and Auditing Organisation for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI) has approved the Islamic bond model aimed to marry France’s tax laws with the Islamic financial instrument, Thierry Dissaux, the chief executive
officer of the French Deposit Guarantee Fund, was quoted as saying in a report in our sister newspaper Gulf Daily News.
“The news is that AAOIFI sharia scholars have approved the issuance model presented to them with some technical adjustments,” he told a forum at the Dubai International
Bahrain-based AAOIFI reviews and amends accounting and auditing standards for Islamic financial institutions.
Although Dissaux said there were “no obstacles for the development of Islamic finance in France,” he pointed out that several issues had come up, notably that of Islamic financial instruments in a secular system.
Arnoud de Bresson, the head of Paris Europlace, which promotes the Paris financial market, told the forum earlier that France has made legal and tax changes to accommodate Islamic financial products.
“We have made a series of legal and tax adjustments to integrate transactions and concepts that comply with Islamic ethical principles in our financial system by ensuring their tax neutrality with respect to conventional finance,” he said.
Paris is vying to develop its own market for Islamic finance following the pattern of London, which has become in few years a flourishing centre for Islamic finance.
Britain has a Muslim population that some estimates put at over two million people, while France has roughly six million Muslims, around 10 per cent of its population.