SINGAPORE - Banking from a distance

Singapore has implemented a set of regulatory changes to increase its appeal as a centre for Islamic finance. It has even handed out a licence to a locally based Islamic bank. But with a tiny native Muslim population and no natural issuers, making the market work will be a challenge. Chris Wright asks whether the city-state's new bank will find a niche to fill.

  • 26 Sep 2007

Singapore has almost everything an Islamic finance hub could need: a supportive regulatory environment; a vibrant financial system; even a locally domiciled Islamic bank. In fact, there's only one thing Singapore lacks: Muslims.

In truth, Singapore does have a Muslim community because of the large numbers of Malays in ...

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