SWIFT and AIBIM To Launch Islamic Finance Rulebook

SWIFT and AIBIM To Launch Islamic Finance Rulebook
24.06.2015 01:00 am

SWIFT and AIBIM To Launch Islamic Finance Rulebook

Islamic Finance

SWIFT, in collaboration with The Association of Islamic Banking Institutions Malaysia (AIBIM) announce the launch of a new rulebook for the purpose of promoting message standards in the Islamic banking and finance market.

The Islamic finance rulebook has been developed in response to the growing significance of the Islamic banking and finance market. It aims to provide greater clarity around the usage of Shariah-compliant MT messages in order to expedite market harmonisation and increase Straight-through Processing (STP) to improve efficiency and reduce risks and cost.

“With the growing internationalisation of Islamic finance, the rulebook marks a significant milestone in our collaborative efforts. Automation of Islamic finance confirmation flows is now possible through the adoption of international MT messaging standards” says Kiyono Hasaka, Standards Specialist, Asia Pacific. “The future ambition is to automate flows end-to-end covering all major Islamic finance practices”.

Since 2013, the Asia Pacific Standards team at SWIFT has been working in close cooperation with AIBIM to develop STP-enabled financial messaging specific to the requirements of Islamic financial institutions.

The SWIFT Islamic finance rulebook will continue to evolve as the Islamic financial industry continues to meet the evolving business needs in the global financial arena.

This version of the rulebook covers three types of SWIFT confirmation messages:

MT 300 (Islamic Foreign Exchange Confirmation)
MT 320 (Islamic Placement Confirmation)
MT 620 (Islamic Commodity Placement Confirmation)

The future of the rulebook is to include all practices that use Islamic financial instruments, such as previously developed SWIFT Murabahah solution (cost-plus-sales contract), Mudarabah (profit sharing) and Sukuk (Islamic bonds).

“The collaboration between SWIFT and AIBIM has resulted in a concise guideline that would facilitate our members to further enhance their efficiency. We look forward for other Islamic financial institutions in other jurisdictions to utilise this solution as well,” says Yusry Yusoff, CEO/Executive Director of AIBIM.

The SWIFT Islamic Finance rulebook was endorsed by Shariah Advisory Committee of AIBIM and adopted by AIBIM council. It will be available to the Message User Group (MUG) in July 2015. The MUG is a group of users that have registered to use specific messages within a controlled user community.

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