Dubai, March 8, 2016 – Dr. Aabed Al Saadoun, Chairman of the Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (APICORP), today rang the market-opening bell to celebrate the listing of a USD 500 million Sukuk on Nasdaq Dubai.

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The momentum in sukuk sales, which are rebounding from a lull in 2015, is expected to continue into next year, according to Moody's. Courtesy Apicorp

Soaring sukuk sales mean outlook is encouraging



Sukuk sales, which increased 44 per cent last year to US$88 billion, are set to continue to rise this year as issuers refinance debt and sovereigns continue to tap the Sharia-compliant fixed income markets, according to a new report.

Maturing global sukuk, with a ticket size of US$100 million and with a tenor of more than a year, will stand at around $66bn during this year and 2018, said the International Islamic Financial Market (IIFM), a Bahrain-based international standard-setting body.

About 86 per cent of the $367bn outstanding sukuk are held by a small group of countries, including Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Indonesia. Other countries, including Turkey, Pakistan and regions such as Africa are forecast to boost their market share in the next few years.

"Sukuk have been issued for fulfilling the varied financing needs of the issuers such as enhancement of banks' capital base, monetary and budgetary management, project financing, aircraft financing etc,  which is an encouraging sign," said Khalid Hamad, the chairman of the IIFM. He added: "As the sukuk market further evolves there is an increasing need for addressing the various challenges that come with the growth of any financial instrument and should be tackled by creating greater transparency and harmonisation in documentation and product structures from Sharia, legal and market perspectives." 

Saudi Arabia in April issued $9bn in its first dollar-denominated sukuk sale as Arabian Gulf governments turn to debt markets to finance fiscal deficits.

"There is growing confidence in sukuk market in some of the established sukuk issuing hubs, proof of which is longer dated sukuk ranging from 30 years to perpetual issuances coming to the market," said Ijlal Alvi, the chief executive of IIFM.

"Except Malaysia, the corporate sukuk issuances in most of the established jurisdictions is below expectation and challenges have to be resolved to support greater sukuk issuance by corporate entities."

IIFM's prediction of greater sukuk issuances is in line with forecasts from S&P Global Ratings.

The rating agency expects sukuk sales this year to range between $75bn and $80bn, higher than its previous estimate of $60bn to $65bn as more governments tap the fixed income market for their funding needs. This year's sales will be exceptional and are unlikely to be repeated next year, the agency said.

Governments, which last year primarily tapped conventional debt markets, are seeking to diversify their investors' base this year with sukuk sales.

The rating agency forecast that Gulf governments' financing needs will reach $275bn between this year and 2019. About 50 per cent of that figure will be met from issuances from the fixed income markets, with a preference for conventional bonds over sukuk, it added.

 

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What is the FNC?

The Federal National Council is one of five federal authorities established by the UAE constitution. It held its first session on December 2, 1972, a year to the day after Federation.
It has 40 members, eight of whom are women. The members represent the UAE population through each of the emirates. Abu Dhabi and Dubai have eight members each, Sharjah and Ras al Khaimah six, and Ajman, Fujairah and Umm Al Quwain have four.
They bring Emirati issues to the council for debate and put those concerns to ministers summoned for questioning. 
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Federal draft laws must first pass through the FNC for recommendations when members can amend the laws to suit the needs of citizens. The draft laws are then forwarded to the Cabinet for consideration and approval. 
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In the 2015 elections, 78 of the 252 candidates were women. Women also represented 48 per cent of all voters and 67 per cent of the voters were under the age of 40.
 

 


 

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Key changes

Commission caps

For life insurance products with a savings component, Peter Hodgins of Clyde & Co said different caps apply to the saving and protection elements:

• For the saving component, a cap of 4.5 per cent of the annualised premium per year (which may not exceed 90 per cent of the annualised premium over the policy term). 

• On the protection component, there is a cap  of 10 per cent of the annualised premium per year (which may not exceed 160 per cent of the annualised premium over the policy term).

• Indemnity commission, the amount of commission that can be advanced to a product salesperson, can be 50 per cent of the annualised premium for the first year or 50 per cent of the total commissions on the policy calculated. 

• The remaining commission after deduction of the indemnity commission is paid equally over the premium payment term.

• For pure protection products, which only offer a life insurance component, the maximum commission will be 10 per cent of the annualised premium multiplied by the length of the policy in years.

Disclosure

Customers must now be provided with a full illustration of the product they are buying to ensure they understand the potential returns on savings products as well as the effects of any charges. There is also a “free-look” period of 30 days, where insurers must provide a full refund if the buyer wishes to cancel the policy.

“The illustration should provide for at least two scenarios to illustrate the performance of the product,” said Mr Hodgins. “All illustrations are required to be signed by the customer.”

Another illustration must outline surrender charges to ensure they understand the costs of exiting a fixed-term product early.

Illustrations must also be kept updatedand insurers must provide information on the top five investment funds available annually, including at least five years' performance data.

“This may be segregated based on the risk appetite of the customer (in which case, the top five funds for each segment must be provided),” said Mr Hodgins.

Product providers must also disclose the ratio of protection benefit to savings benefits. If a protection benefit ratio is less than 10 per cent "the product must carry a warning stating that it has limited or no protection benefit" Mr Hodgins added.

HIV on the rise in the region

A 2019 United Nations special analysis on Aids reveals 37 per cent of new HIV infections in the Mena region are from people injecting drugs.

New HIV infections have also risen by 29 per cent in western Europe and Asia, and by 7 per cent in Latin America, but declined elsewhere.

Egypt has shown the highest increase in recorded cases of HIV since 2010, up by 196 per cent.

Access to HIV testing, treatment and care in the region is well below the global average.  

Few statistics have been published on the number of cases in the UAE, although a UNAIDS report said 1.5 per cent of the prison population has the virus.

Four tips to secure IoT networks

Mohammed Abukhater, vice president at FireEye in the Middle East, said:

- Keep device software up-to-date. Most come with basic operating system, so users should ensure that they always have the latest version

- Besides a strong password, use two-step authentication. There should be a second log-in step like adding a code sent to your mobile number

- Usually smart devices come with many unnecessary features. Users should lock those features that are not required or used frequently

- Always create a different guest network for visitors

Countdown to Zero exhibition will show how disease can be beaten

Countdown to Zero: Defeating Disease, an international multimedia exhibition created by the American Museum of National History in collaboration with The Carter Center, will open in Abu Dhabi a  month before Reaching the Last Mile.

Opening on October 15 and running until November 15, the free exhibition opens at The Galleria mall on Al Maryah Island, and has already been seen at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum in Atlanta, the American Museum of Natural History in New York, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.