Rising partner: A Turkey-Pakistan alliance for Islamic banking
Turkey is well on its way to become the next hub for Islamic banking and finance. It only needs its government to show its commitment to Islamic finance so that other participants in the industry join Turkey in building a vibrant Islamic banking and finance industry. The recent successful $1.5 billion sovereign Sukuk issue denominated in dollar as well as the lira-denominated $900 million sovereign Sukuk have lead the county's way to the global platform of Islamic banking and finance. Since Pakistan has the most Shariah authentic model of Islamic banking, a Turkey-Pakistan alliance will contribute to the promotion of Islamic banking in Turkey, and, furthermore, it is expected to bring a new juristic approach to product development and structuring.