ISLAMIC FINANCE - Gulf banks set out to stage an Asian invasion

In the past year, a trio of Middle Eastern finance houses have opened operations in Malaysia. All intend to use these as springboards for regional expansion. But Malaysian financiers, spoiled by having the world's most structured Islamic capital market at home, don't seem to share their global vision. Chris Wright finds the 'New Silk Road' a one-way street at present.

  • 01 Oct 2007
Dr Zeti Akhtar Aziz has a phrase for Islamic finance's multinational reach: the "New Silk Road". The governor of Bank Negara Malaysia, the nation's central bank, says that just as the 14th-century trading route served as a conduit between civilisations, creating mutual prosperity and understanding, today Islamic finance ...

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