Islamic finance important to end exploitation: Alvi

Updated 15 Sep 2020

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President Arif Alvi addresses the 10th ceremony of Global Islamic Finance Awards (GIFA). — APP
President Arif Alvi addresses the 10th ceremony of Global Islamic Finance Awards (GIFA). — APP

ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi on Monday said Islamic banking and finance offered a broad-based platform to end economic exploitation and stressed its implementation to uplift underprivileged segments of society.

Addressing at the 10th ceremony of Global Islamic Finance Awards (GIFA), he said fairness, equality, transparency and pursuit of social harmony constituted the principles of Islamic financing.

He also called for focusing on Islamic principles to prevent concentration of wealth in the society and eliminate exploitation by discouraging elitism.

Dr Alvi said Islamic finance contributed $2.7 trillion globally, however the size of the sector was much much less than conventional banking.

He appreciated that 17 per cent of Pakistan’s banks had turned to Shariah-compliant instruments and commended the role of the State Bank of Pakistan and Security Exchange Commission of Pakistan in this regard.

He stressed the need for raising public awareness about Islamic finance, particularly the spirit leading towards its positive impact on society due to far bigger scope than just being limited to money lending.

He said a justified profit-making and setting a suitable limit to avoid exploitation was a real challenge for banks.

President Alvi called for keeping in view the factors such as inflation while lending money to consumers, and mentioned the example of China which promoted white money through simplified system based on transparent scientific modules.

Published in Dawn, September 15th, 2020