News Bureau

June 12, 2018

DMCC Powers Islamic Bank of Afghanistan

DMCC, the world’s flagship Free Zone and Dubai Government Authority on commodities trade and enterprise, is entering new markets and has welcomed the Islamic Bank of Afghanistan (IBA) as the newest member of its DMCC Trade flow platform, a dedicated online platform for registering possession and ownership of commodities stored in UAE-based storage facilities.

The announcement follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) by Sanjeev Dutta, ?Executive Director, Commodities at DMCC and Amer Khalil urRehman, Chief Executive Officer of the Islamic Bank of Afghanistan, at DMCC’s Almas Tower in Dubai.

The collaboration will enable the Islamic Bank of Afghanistan to carry out Sharia-compliant Murabaha transactions using DMCC Trade flow’s platform to take multi-currency trades from across the globe.

“At DMCC we believe in building strong strategic partnerships with industry leaders to tap into new markets. We are pleased to welcome the Islamic Bank of Afghanistan to the DMCC Trade flow platform. Our partnership will facilitate the bank’s Murabaha transactions to develop a wide range of new Islamic financial solutions, through the platform robust regulatory framework, unparalleled security and an active trading base for commodities title transfers,” said Sanjeev Dutta, ?Executive Director of Commodities at DMCC.

“Exceeding 26,000 transactions in the first quarter of 2018, the number of trading members and transaction volumes through DMCC Trade flow is regularly increasing. This strong performance reflects the trust placed in DMCC Trade flow by its customers, and we will continue to provide the market with innovative commodity trade solutions going forward,” he added.

A fully digital and interactive ownership registry, DMCC Trade flow has handled AED 25.5 billion worth of Shariah compliant commodities traded in the first four months of 2018, involving more than 30 financial institutions across three continents.

Amer Khalil urRehman, Chief Executive Officer of the Islamic Bank of Afghanistan, also said:

“We are pleased to mark our collaboration with DMCC by signing this agreement and becoming a member of the DMCC Trade flow community. This will enable us to offer a broader range of Shariah-compliant financial products and services, and reach to the unbanked customers within our country”.

The Islamic Bank of Afghanistan sees Shariah-compliant finance as a unique feature that could help attract more people into the country’s financial system. The Islamic Bank of Afghanistan had paid-up capital of US$25 million and held US$148 million of deposits as of December 2017, offering its services across a network of 59 branches.

DMCC Trade flow enables banks, financiers and suppliers to manage and mitigate potential risks across the commodity value chain by providing a transparent, regulated platform for registering possession of commodities, which are stored in DMCC’s UAE-based facilities.