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Distinguished speakers, guests, ladies and gentlemen, Assalamu ‘alaikum and a very good morning. 1. It is my pleasure to welcome all of you to our 5th International Islamic Capital Market Forum. I wish to express my appreciation to all of you for taking time off from your busy schedules to join us today. To all our distinguished speakers, thank you for graciously accepting our invitation to share your thoughts and views at this Forum. 2. Much has been said and continues to be said about the foothold which Islamic finance has gained in the international financial landscape. A range of proof points support this contention and justify further projections of the growth trajectory of Islamic finance in the coming decades.

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We have achieved double-digit growth rates for various components of Islamic finance including sukuk, fund management and Islamic banking, whether at the national, regional or international levels. Additionally there has been increasing acceptance of Islamic finance not only in the Muslim-majority countries but also in certain predominantly non-Muslim jurisdictions. We have also witnessed the growing size of funds seeking Shariah-compliant investments and the increasing participation of multi-national corporations, multi-lateral institutions and conventional institutions in sukuk issuances. 3. It is not my intention today to revisit the benefits of Islamic finance or restate the pre-conditions for its further growth. As I have alluded to, these are welldocumented and well-known to all. Instead I would like to share my thoughts on just two aspects of Islamic finance which make up the theme of our Forum this year – the concept of risk-sharing and of public good. These two aspects of Islamic finance are often over-looked or perhaps under-valued. 4. Islamic finance started as an industry within the conventional framework based on adapted…...

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